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Nepal Studies Program


The Meaning of the Meaninglessness of Rituals with Axel Michaels (Podcast)

Over 80% of Nepal’s population identifies as Hindu — a religion that been practiced in the nation for hundreds of years. In this podcast, Axel Michaels from Heidelberg University gives a fascinating lecture on Hindu ritual in Nepal, entitled “The Meaning of the Meaninglessness of Rituals.”

Lessons from and for Nepal (Video)

SAI panel discussion featuring faculty from Harvard, Tufts, MIT, and Brown about Nepal’s future, including issues of public health, water and sanitation, reconsturction of heritage sites, and equity in humanitarian response.

Building a new Nepal – After the Quake (Video)

In this SAI seminar from May 4, Prashant Jha, Hindustan Times, discusses the current situation on the ground and challenges ahead for the government.

Webcast: Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Nepal

Webcast from the Harvard Chan School featuring Dr. Jennifer Leaning, director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and Kai Hsiao, an MPH student at the Harvard Chan School who before the earthquake hit had studied the vulnerabilities Kathmandu and Nepal would likely face from such an event.



Photo taken by Jiang Li, Harvard College '17

Photo taken by Jiang Li, Harvard College ’17