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Primary Health Care Reforms in India: Field Lessons from Early Implementation

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Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 05:30pm

END
Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 07:00pm

Location: Kresge G3, HSPH, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Rajani R. Ved is the Executive Director of National Health Systems Resource Centre in India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and a Visiting Scientist at HSPH. For over ten years, she led the establishment and institutionalization of India’s ASHA community health worker program. Currently, she is leading the design and implementation support for India’s primary health care initiative, Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centers.

Speaker: Dr. Rajani R. Ved, Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Center, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Moderator: Bhargav Krishna, Doctoral Candidate in Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Adjunct Faculty, Public Health Foundation of India

This event is co-sponsored with the South Asian Students Association at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata Book Talk

START
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 04:30pm

END
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Speaker: Karthika Naïr, Author and Poet

Moderator: Parimal Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University

In Until the Lions, Karthika Naïr retells the Mahabharata through the embodied voices of women and marginal characters, so often conquered and destroyed throughout history. She captures the richness and complexity of the Mahabharata, while illuminating lives buried beneath the edifices of one of the world’s most venerated books — revealing the most intimate threads of desire, greed, and sacrifice.


Fractal Urbanization: Spatial Segregation in Liberalizing India

START
Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Speaker: Naveen Bharathi, Mittal Institute Raghunathan Family Fellow, 2019-2020

Moderator: Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design

This presentation will show how residential caste-segregation is independent of city size, using the first-ever large-scale evidence of neighborhood-resolution data from 147 of the largest cities in contemporary India. Bharathi will discuss one of the central conundrums in Indian urbanism — the persistence of caste segregation across the country, and across cities of varying sizes. This finding punctures a hole in one of the central normative promises of India’s urbanization: the gradual withering of traditional caste-based segregation. The talk will provide further fine-grained evidence on the ghettoization of the most spatially marginalized groups in urban India: Muslims and Dalits.

Poster image: Photo: Mahesh Bhat from the book Bengaluru/Bangalore – In First Person Singular


Between the Yogi and the Commissar

START
Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 04:15pm

END
Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 05:45pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Between the Yogi and the Commissar: Imagining De-Colonial Science in Postcolonial India, c. 1952–1977

Projit Bihari Mukharji, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Moderated by Victor Seow, Assistant Professor, Department of History of Science, Harvard University

For the generation of political leaders who took charge of the newly independent Indian state in 1947, the world seemed to ripen for renewal. They had brought a mighty empire to its knees, and now sought to build a new nation, where science would play a key role. But what was “science”? What ends should it pursue? And how did its work relate to that of statecraft? These were some of the questions they explored.

Most of the scholarship on science in the newly independent Indian republic has focused on “Nehruvian science.” But Nehru was far from being the only influential postcolonial politician to be interested in science and its role in nation-building. This talk will explore a very different set of engagements between science, postcolonial statecraft, and the quest for a de-colonial future through the history of parapsychology in northern India.

This event is sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.


Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India

START
Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Economic corridors — ambitious infrastructural development projects throughout Asia and Africa — are dramatically redefining the shape of urbanization. As these corridors cut across croplands, the conversion of agricultural lands into new urban uses has erupted in volatile land conflicts. This talk will focus on urbanization along the first economic corridor built in India, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

Speakers:
Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Bish Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning, Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies/Humphrey Fellows Program, MIT
Patrick Heller, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Susan Fainstein, Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Moderator:
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Tools for Urban Conservation in Lucknow: Advocacy, Politics, and Civic Engagement

START
Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Urban conservation is often a pressing challenge in historic Indian cities experiencing the pressures of development. Many cities, often lacking any viable local-level policy and enforcement, have resorted to alternative tools, often citizen-led, to accomplish the goal of conservation. This seminar will explore the tools of advocacy, politics, and civic engagement through recent examples from the city of Lucknow in northern India.


Royal City Invented: Mysore in the 20th Century

START
Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

After the 1880s, Mysore was established as the home of the royal family. Despite its interrupted and uncertain status as a “capital” city, it became the site of an experiment in ornamentalism by the 20th century. It was among the first cities in India to have a City Improvement Trust in 1903, a few years after the Bombay Improvement Trust was set up in 1898. In the Trust’s negotiations with the municipality on the one hand, and the Palace establishment on the other, we see a specific form of material and temporal “ordering” that drew as much on the sovereign power of the monarch — though mediated by an increasingly powerful bureaucracy — as on a creative adaptation of the diverse forces, techniques, and devices more properly associated with “governmentality.” How does the invention of Royal Mysore challenge existing conceptions of the colonial city as a site of modernity?

Speaker:

Janaki Nair, Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan’s Northern Frontier

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Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Delusional States is the first in-depth study of state-making and social change in Gilgit-Baltistan, a Shia-majority region of Sunni-dominated Pakistan and a contested border area that forms part of disputed Kashmir. Ali will discuss how Gilgit-Baltistan’s image within Pakistan as an idyllic paradise overlooks how the region is governed as a suspect security zone and dispossessed through multiple processes of state-making, including representation, militarization, and sectarianized education.

Speakers:

Nosheen Ali, Karti Dharti, Institute for Ecological Studies, Pakistan

Ali Asani, Harvard University, will moderate the discussion


Macabre Social Capital: The Families of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Tayyaba

START
Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 04:30pm

END
Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Lashkar-e-Tayyaba is the most competent, lethal, and loyal proxy of the Pakistani state, operating in India, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in South Asia and beyond. In this presentation, C. Christine Fair will draw from a narrative analysis of a ten percent random sample of nearly 1,000 biographies of slain LeT fighters to delve into the battlefield motivation of the fighters. She will reveal the dark role that families play in a young man’s decision to fight in Pakistani terrorist organizations, deriving various forms of social capital from a male family member’s participation in so-called “jihad.”

Speaker:

C. Christine Fair, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

Moderator:

Kristin E. Fabbe, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School


Data Privacy 3.0: Are We Ready for AI in South Asia?

START
Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 05:00pm

END
Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

How can India take advantage of data to achieve its developmental objectives while balancing the need for personal privacy? The recently implemented Account Aggregator framework tries to establish a digital consent architecture to allow post-collection transfers of data. This will unlock a number of financial models to serve those who are not currently part of the formal banking systems. But at the same time, this can have a serious impact on personal privacy. A similar model is being attempted in the health system, and that too has similar repercussions. The speakers on this panel will delve into the interplay between data transfer and personal privacy in both the financial and healthcare systems.

Speakers:

Rahul Matthan, Partner, Trilegal, India
I. Glenn Cohen, James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
Moderator: Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, the Mittal Institute

This event is co-sponsored by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.


Raj Rewal: Timeless Rasa & the Spirit of Our Times for Epic Works

START
Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Raj Rewal is internationally recognized for the creation of buildings that respond with sensitivity to the complex demands of rapid urbanization, climate, and culture. Earlier in his career, his focus on low-cost housing led him to design a large number of dwelling units, fragmented into smaller aggregations enclosing a variety of spaces for different building types — an experience that led him to create a series of public projects in a humane manner, for works of epic proportions. Rewal will discuss his past work in public housing, the lessons learned from the cities of Rajasthan, Mediterranean villages, and high-density developments, and how the study of the existing traditional pattern of living can provide cues for place-making that can promote community activities.


Art Exhibition: Exploring Identity Through a Contemporary South Asian Lens

START
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 08:00pm

Our Fall 2019 Visiting Artist Fellows, Sagar Chhetri from Nepal and Sakshi Gupta from India, will exhibit their artwork to provide creative commentary on identity today in South Asia. During the reception, both Chhetri and Gupta will present their work and engage in a discussion with the audience. Snacks will be served at the October 15 opening reception!

Eclipse, Sagar Chhetri
At the Still Point of the Turning World, Sakshi Gupta

The exhibition will be available for viewing between October 15, 2019 and November 26, 2019 on the fourth floor of CGIS South. The opening reception will take place on October 15, 2019.