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SAI Event Type : Talk


Film Screening: Amar Kanwar — Such a Morning

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Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 07:00pm

END
Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 09:00pm

COST   $12

Amar Kanwar (b. 1964) is a New Delhi-based filmmaker and artist whose work has powerfully mined the potential of a slower, drifting method of moving image to forge a politically charged and engaged mode of gently expanded cinema. Kanwar’s critically acclaimed yet fiercely debated Such a Morning hovers on the border between magical realist allegory and slow cinema trance film with an almost Calvino-like fable of a renowned mathematician impulsively abandoning his university post, without explanation, to hibernate in a train car abandoned deep in a lush forest.


India’s Upcoming Elections: What’s at Stake?

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Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 06:15pm

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Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
Land Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, Kennedy School

ADDRESS
Land Lecture Hall (4th Floor)
Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

In this event, Professor Ashu Varshney, Ronak Desai, and Hasit Shah will discuss the pressure points of the upcoming Indian election.

Speakers:
Ashu Varshney, Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia and Sol Goldman Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University
Ronak Desai, Vice Chair of the Indian Practice at Steptoe and Law & Security Fellow at New America
Hasit Shah, Journalist and Expert on Digital Media and Internet Access in India



Partition in Literature, Film and History: Screening of Nandita Das’s New Film “Manto”

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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 04:00pm

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Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Saadat Hasan Manto was the great Urdu short-story writer who captured the human tragedy of the partition of India. Join us for a screening of the film Manto, followed by a conversation with the film’s Director, Nandita Das. Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, and Sunil Amrith, Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies, will join the conversation. 

This is sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and co-sponsored by the the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.


Production of City Space in India: Class, Caste, and Grayness

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Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 06:00pm

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Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

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

Sripad Motiram, Associate Professor of Economics and Affiliated Faculty, Asian Studies Department, University of Massachusetts Boston

Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Co-Director, Asian Political Economy Program (Political Economy Research Institute) and Associate Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sripad Motiram and Vamsi Vakulabharanam will discuss how space is structured in two Indian cities, Hyderabad and Mumbai, along the axes of class and caste. By grouping individuals into classes, castes, and spatial units, they will show that these factors are all independently important in making sense of inequality. Together, they document high (relative to US cities) spatial co-existence — which they call “Grayness” — of groups, and will demonstrate its positive role in achieving development outcomes, arguing that the neoliberal restructuring of cities is eroding it.


Harnessing Science to Serve Humanity: Vision of Tata Institute for Genetics and Society

This seminar will focus on scientific advancements in research on human health and agriculture in India and the vision of the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) in this field. TIGS is a collaborative research institution that aims to improve health security and food security for India. Dr. Suresh Subramani, Global Director at TIGS and Tata Chancellor’s Chair at University of California, San Diego, will discuss efforts by the Institute to enhance the capacity of scientists to conduct innovative research in genetics in India. Research at TIGS focuses on developing alternative control methods for vector-borne diseases, developing better crops with higher productivity, and finding technological means to alleviate the global issue of antibiotic resistance.

This seminar is delivered in coordination with Harvard Global Research Support Centre India. 

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to mittalinstitutedelhi@fas.harvard.edu.


Dreams of Independence: Vernacular Nationalism Among the Mizos of Northeast India

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Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:00pm

END
Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

Roluahpuia, the Mittal Institute’s Raghunathan Family Fellow, will discuss his research into the relationship between orality and nationalism at two levels through the lens of the Mizo case in northeast India. The first level surrounds the process of creating a vernacular language, involving the reframing and reconstruction of nationalist ideas. The second is the irrepressibility of the oral vernacular against the state’s violent response to the nationalist movement. As a result, the “vernacularization” of nationalist ideas reveals peoples’ agency to construct their own sense and understanding of the nation.

This discussion will be chaired by Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs in the Department of History at Harvard University.

Lunch and refreshments will be served.


Sri Lankan Narrations and Building Schemes by Minnette de Silva

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Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

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

In her building and writing, architect Minnette de Silva sought to recreate a “felicitous community spirit” across social and cultural differences, as stated in her memoir — a text on the significant multi-family housing project her office undertook. In this event, Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Assistant Professor of the Department of Architecture at Columbia University, will perform a critical examination of de Silva’s work. Siddiqi will discuss the claims de Silva sought to incorporate into modern architecture for Ceylon, and her labors as a cultural narrator imagining a heritage at the end of a half-century career.

Building a Leading Institution for Research and Education: Insights from Harvard University

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Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 06:00pm

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Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 08:00pm

This seminar will focus on recent trends within higher education across the world, and how these trends present opportunities and challenges at Harvard University and similar institutions internationally. Professor Mark C. Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard University, will share examples of Harvard’s global engagement and how it supports the University’s standing as a world-class institution of research and education.

This seminar is delivered in coordination with Harvard Global Research Support Centre India. 

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to mittalinstitutedelhi@fas.harvard.edu. 

 


Pakistan’s Youth and the Welfare State: Bilawal Bhutto

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Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 07:15pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

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

Join us for a conversation with Bilawal Bhutto, Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, on Pakistan’s youth and the welfare state. The conversation will be chaired by Mariam Chughtai, Babar Ali Fellow of the Mittal Institute and Associate Dean and Assistant Professor at LUMS Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education, Pakistan.

This event is a collaboration between the Mittal Institute and the Harvard Pakistan Student Group.


India’s Daughter: Film Screening and Discussion

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Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 04:00pm

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Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 06:00pm

In collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute and the Asia Center are co-sponsoring a film screening of “India’s Daughter,” followed by a discussion with Leslee Udwin, Producer and Director. 

“India’s Daughter” is a documentary film based on the story of the brutal gang rape and murder of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012, and the unprecedented protests and riots ignited by the event throughout India. 


Book Talk: The Future Is Asian

START
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 04:15pm

END
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

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

Parag Khanna, Managing Partner of FutureMap, will discuss his new book entitled “The Future Is Asian,” in a talk chaired by Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School and Director of The Mittal Institute. 
 
This event is co-sponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center.
 
About the book:
 
“The ‘Asian Century‘ is even bigger than you think. Far greater than just China, the new Asian system taking shape is a multi-civilizational order spanning Saudi Arabia to Japan, and Russia to Australia—linking five billion people through trade, finance and infrastructure networks that together represent 40 percent of global GDP. From investment portfolios and trade wars to Hollywood movies and holiday travels, no aspect of life is immune from Asianization.
 
“Dr. Parag Khanna’s latest book, “The Future Is Asian,” presents this irrepressible global Asianization through detailed analysis, data and maps of Asia’s major markets and their combined impact on global economy, society and governance. With his trademark conceptual clarity and on-the-ground reportage, Khanna provides essential guidance for executives as they look to hedge their China exposure and capture the next big commercial opportunities across Asia from real estate and retail to finance and technology, and attract Asian capital and talent into their operations at home and abroad. With his intimate knowledge of Asian history and geopolitics, he also paints a compelling vision of a balanced global system of shared responsibilities across America, Europe and Asia.” (Parag Khanna, 2019)