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Global Literature Book Group: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 07:00pm

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 08:00pm

Discussant: Shankar Ramaswami, South Asia Institute South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow

Join the Harvard Global Health Institute and the South Asia Institute in a live webinar discussion for K-12 educators of Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”

But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.

With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

Register now to attend this session. The first 15 K-12 educators who register will receive a free book – see instructions on registration form.

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Why Study the Brain?

Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 08:30am

Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 10:00am

SAI Webinar

Venkatesh Murthy, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology Harvard University

How do you sense the world? How do you remember things? How do you sing, play or even just walk? How do you think? Of course, you do all of this with your brain, which has been called the most complex machine in the world. Who you are as a person is largely a function of the brain, from a scientific point of view. This also means that when something goes wrong with the brain there are devastating consequences to the individual as well as society. Naturally, how the brain works is one of the most exciting questions in the world. Professor Murthy will discuss how the study of neuroscience has implications not just for doctors in the clinic, but also for psychologists, educators, computer scientists, musicians, tennis players and just about everyone. He will discuss how the field is incredibly interdisciplinary, and how a student with almost any background can hope to make meaningful contributions to the field. He will also highlight some of the most exciting research topics in neuroscience.

8:30 AM in Cambridge, 5:30 PM in Pakistan, 6 PM in India, 6:30 PM in Sri Lanka, & Bangladesh

Watch live on SAI’s website and submit questions on Twitter with the hashtag #SAIWebinar

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Webinar: Women in Politics: The Case of India

Thu, May 8, 2014 at 08:30am

Thu, May 8, 2014 at 10:00am

CGIS Knafel K031

CGIS Knafel K031
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI Webinar

Lakshmi Iyer, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Women lag behind men on many metrics across the world (health, education, wages), including political representation. Professor Iyer will discuss two major questions:
•Does electing women to political office make any difference?
•Given that women comprise only 21.4% of national parliaments across the world, how can women’s representation in political office be increased?

She will review some of her work based on data from India on both of these questions. The results are relevant both for other countries and for other disadvantaged groups.

8:30 AM in Cambridge, 5:30 PM in Pakistan, 6 PM in India, 6:30 PM in Sri Lanka & Bangladesh

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Submit your questions on Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag #SAIWebinar.

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Societal Grand Challenges and the role of Engineering Education in the 21st Century

Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 08:30am

Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 10:00am

SAI Webinar

Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy, SEAS; Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS

In our rapidly transforming world, engineering plays an ever more central role, especially in advancing basic science, creating tools and everyday technologies, driving economic development and meeting societal challenges in areas from energy to environment to human health.

In this talk Professor Narayanamurti will examine the changing role of engineering and engineering research and education to address the great societal challenges of the 21st century.  He will discuss the need for educating broadly trained engineers who understand not only how thinks work but also how the world works.  Such engineers will have broad knowledge of various disciplines and understand the enormous value of integrative thinking in addition to reductionist thinking.  They will need to be flexible and adaptable and be able to function in a global marketplace.  Such “renaissance engineers” or “Ivy engineers” will play a key leadership role in the emerging knowledge economy.

Professor Narayanamurti will also spend time discussing emerging science and technological frontiers to address societal problems alluded to earlier.  Translating research discoveries into practice is a key challenge for engineering schools and industrial R & D laboratories.  The need for developing new models for university-industry collaboration and to develop the appropriate intellectual capital will be discussed.

8:30 AM in Cambridge, 6:30 PM in Pakistan, 7 PM in India, 7:30 PM in Sri Lanka & Bangladesh

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Live Webinar: Tackling Gender Based Violence in South Asia – What Options Do We Have?

Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 08:30am

Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 10:00am

CGIS Knafel, K354
Harvard University

1737 Cambridge Street,
Cambridge, MA

This discussion will explore the grave problem of gender violence on the subcontinent, in its different manifestations, and probe a series of strategies for addressing the problem. Watch live on the SAI website and particpate in the discussion on social media.

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