Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 02:00pm
Fri, Feb 8, 2019
JOINT SEMINAR ON SOUTH ASIAN POLITICS SERIES
Dr. Bilal A. Baloch is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics and a Lecturer and Regional Director in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa at The Joseph H. Lauder Institute, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
At CASI, Bilal focuses on the political economy of government behavior in India and other developing democracies. Here, he is revising his doctoral dissertation, Crisis, Credibility, and Corruption: How Ideas and Institutions Shape Government Behavior in India, into a monograph. Bilal has presented academic papers at several international conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association. In addition to his scholarly publications, his commentary has appeared in a number of outlets, including: The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, and The Hindu. (Source)
In this lecture, Bilal will go beyond the claim that ideas matter in Indian politics, and will identify which set of ideas, as well as how these ideas shape political behavior during a credibility crisis. He will examine two main credibility crisis moments in contemporary Indian history: that which led to the declaration of an internal emergency and suspension of civil liberties by the ruling Congress government in 1974-1975; and the crisis milieu which led to policy paralysis within the UPA government in 2011-2012. This argument draws upon over 120 interviews with state elites, including prime ministers, cabinet ministers, party leaders, senior bureaucrats, and others.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 04:00pm
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 05:30pm
South Asia Without Borders Seminar
Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Babar Ali Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute
Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University
From Story to Book (Kahani Se Kitab Tak) is a graduated reading program to introduce Urdu classical literature and folklore to native language speakers, and offer a new language testing system using electronic resources like the Urdu Thesaurus (http://www.urduthesaurus.com). The same content can be used to develop a better understanding of South Asian culture for young audiences around the world. The content will be available in local languages and English. SAI fellow Musharraf Ali Farooqi, who has designed the program, and conducted a successful pilot project at an International Baccalaureate certified school in Lahore, Pakistan, will describe the plan for the staged implementation of the Kahani Se Kitab Tak program, and how testing mechanisms will be adapted to the learner’s level without compromising the program content.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 12:00pm
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 01:30pm
Science and Technology Seminar
Fahad Javed, Aman Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute
Discussant: Afreen Siddiqi, Visiting Scholar, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Feed-in-tariffs to support solar photovoltaic (PV) cells deployment for home consumers has been one of the most actively supported policy measure across the globe for a greener, more resilient, and cost effective electric grid. However, as experience in some of the leading nations in solar PV deployment has shown, faulty tariff design may be very costly for all the stakeholders and sometimes result in detrimental outcomes. Understanding how this policy will impact the consumers and the grid operations is of significant importance. Incidentally, feed-in-tariffs are being considered and offered in different regions in developing world including South Asia. To this end in this talk we discuss how energy demand simulations based on socio-economic realities of the region can be used to evaluate the impact of feed-in-tariffs on the electric grids. Furthermore, we discuss how such simulations can aid policy makers in improving the impact of policy measures, such as tax rebates etc., through better visibility provided by simulations of consumer behavior.
Light lunch will be served.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 04:00pm
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 05:30pm
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138
CGIS South, S450
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Global Health Seminar
Dr. Paul C. Salins, Medical Director & Vice President, Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center and Narayana Hrudayalaya Multi Specialty Hospital
Chair: Jinah Kim, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
For more than 30 years, Dr. Salins has modified, rebuilt and deconstructed faces, some to create harmony, others to restore normalcy, and few to meet an individuals expectation. Yet, great art uncovers faces which fascinates, captivates and powerfully communicates, whether ugly or beautiful, harmonious or full of discord. The real face that in art becomes manifested seems to elude the surgeon, condemning his efforts to boring repetitions of aesthetic ideas. Can this gulf be bridged, and as mankind as we know changes, will art define the new faces we shall seek?