CGIS South, S030
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138
In September 2018, following a long and arduous battle by rights activists, India’s Supreme Court voted to strike down Section 377 of the Penal Code, a piece of legislation from the colonial era that criminalized sexual acts considered “against the order of nature”. The Mittal Institute has invited two of the most prominent anti-Section 377 campaigners – and key architects of the legal challenge – to campus, for a discussion about the importance and impact of the Supreme Court’s decision.
Menaka Guruswamy is BR Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer at Columbia Law School. She also practices law before the Supreme Court of India.
Arundhati Katju is a JSD candidate at Columbia Law School and also an advocate practicing at the Supreme Court of India.
Jacqueline Bhabha is FXB Director of Research, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
A panel discussion on capturing identity, everyday life and activism in South Asia through the digital lens.
AMAN KALEEM and SAMSUL ALAM HELAM
Mittal Institute 2018-19 Visiting Artist Fellows
Chair: Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture
Nadeem Hussain, founder of Telenor Microfinance Bank, is globally recognized for his dedication and service to financial inclusion. He has chaired the United Nation’s MDG Session on Financial Inclusion, is a frequent speaker at international forums on branchless banking and microfinance, and has held numerous board and committee positions in the sector. He will discuss the technological revolution taking place across emerging markets, analogous to the 19th century Industrial Revolution in the West in terms of the transformational impact on development and society.
Chair: Asim Khwaja, Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard University
*The location of this event has changed to CGIS South S030
As part of the Nepal Studies Program, Leonard van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, will lead a conference titled “Buddhism in Nepal, Past and Present.” Based on medieval documents and modern practice, this conference will explore the spread and development of Buddhism in the India-Nepal-Tibet corridor.
1-1:30 PM THE NEWAR LUMBINI VIHARA PROJECT
Naresh Man Bajracharya, Professor of Buddhist Studies and Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal
1:30-2 PM A BUDDHIST CONTEMPLATIVE FROM MUKTINĀTH: TENZIN REPA (1646-1723)
Kurtis R. Schaeffer, The Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religion, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
2-2:30 PM THE ROLE OF SOCIAL AND CIVIC GROUPS IN THE REVITALIZATION OF BUDDHISM IN KATHMANDU
Nirmal Man Tuladhar, Professor of Linguistics and Chair of Social Science Baha, Nepal
2:30-2:45 Q & A
2:45-3:15 PM Coffee/Chai Break
3:15-3:45 PM MAPPING ASAN: DOCUMENTING RELIGIOUS SITES AND URBAN TRADITIONS
Todd T. Lewis, Murray Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Humanities, Professor of Asian Religions, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA
3:45-4:25 PM A NEWAR LHASA TRADING FAMILY: FROM ARCHIVE TO HISTORY
Siddhartha Tuladhar, Senior Research Officer of New ERA, Pvt. Ltd., Nepal
4:25-4:55 PM A TIBETAN SANSKRIT SCHOLAR IN THE KATHMANDU VALLEY: THE CASE OF KHRO PHU LOTSAWA (1173-1236)
Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp, Professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
4:55-5:15 PM Q & A
5:15-6 PM Reception
SAI SEMINAR SERIES
Gustav Papanek, President of the Boston Institute for Developing Economies; Professor of Economics Emeritus, Boston University
Chair: Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, SAI
Partition left Pakistan almost bereft of manufacturing – importing most consumer goods, including matches, soap, cloth and yarn, and virtually all machinery. Gustav Papanek will discuss how Pakistan, in 15 short years, developed the industrial entrepreneurs who turned the country from one without industry into a significant exporter of manufactured goods.
David Dean Shulman, Hebrew University
Chair: Richard Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies
Dean Shulman of Hebrew University will be discussing Kudiyattam, the last living performance tradition of Sanskrit theater in the world. Kudiyattam is recognized by Unesco as a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.”
Blodgett Distinguished Artists
with support from the Department of Music,
the Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities,
and the Elson Family Fund.
2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Partition of British India, as well as the launch of Harvard’s South Asia Institute’s major research on Partition. Panelists Rahul Mehrotra (Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University), Tarun Khanna (Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School), and Karim R. Lakhani (Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School) discuss the complexities of large-scale human migration and resettlements. Such lessons can inform current cross-border displacement and the corresponding growth of urban settlements and cities.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 05:00pm
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 07:00pm
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University; Visiting Professor,
Government College University; Honorary Senior Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies,
National University of Singapore
François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights
Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
In this talk, Ahmed will speak about the communal violence experienced during the transfer of power to Indian and Pakistani governments, specifically examining the situation which prevailed in the Punjab. Ahmed will present an analysis based on empirical evidence and a Theory of Ethnic Cleansing to shed light on how and why the Punjab was bloodied (March 1947), partitioned (End of March to 17 August 1947) and cleansed.
Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal Government
Shriju Pradhan, Deputy Director, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Government of Nepal
David Sanderson, Judith Nielsen Chair, University of New South Wales
Anshu Sharma, Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS
Although scientists can say with near certainty that a major earthquake will strike the Kathmandu Valley in the future, they cannot predict with certainty when that major earthquake will strike. Such uncertainty generates another kind of uncertainty, about what to do now, in the near term, and in the long term. It can even facilitate delays in needed decision-making. Nepali stakeholders, drawn from government, civil society, and the private sector, joined several outside participants in a just-completed one-day exercise using rapid scenario planning methods to unlock implementable ideas for securing an earthquake-resilient Kathmandu Valley. They will report on the outcome of the working exercise during this panel discussion.
Reception to Follow
This initiative is part of the Harvard South Asia Institute’s Nepal Studies Program, launched with generous support from Jeffrey M. Smith.
In partnership with University of New South Wales, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, and the Harvard Asia Center
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