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Thursday, April 16, 2015


9:30 – 10:00 am   Registration & Breakfast


10:00 – 12:00 pm 

 Mobile Technology to Access Healthcare Services: Case Studies from the Global South 


Tarun Khanna, Director of the South Asia Institute & Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Nathan SigworthDirector, PharmaSecure
Jill Shah, Associate Consultant, Vera Solutions
Facilitator: Satchit BalsariFXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Cornell Weill Medical Center

Great strides have been made in the field of global health and medicine. Yet, common challenges in the developing world remain. Lack of access to basic health care in indigenous and rural communities, low expenditure on research and development, and rising instances of epidemics have become a pressing cause of concern. Mobile technology, with its wide reach and lower costs, maybe the panacea to these common global health challenges. This workshop will present innovative mobile technology solutions from South Asia to improve access to affordable health care, in a comparative context with solutions other regions in the global south. The speakers will also discuss transferability of knowledge and technology and what it would take for countries to implement these solutions at scale.


12:00 – 1:00 pm   Lunch


1:00 – 3:00 pm

  Role of South Asian Arts in Education


Workshop facilitators: Jinah Kim, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Megan Panzano, Design Critic in Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Doris Sommer, Ira Jewell Williams, Jr. Professor of Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Stephanie E. Rozman, Calderwood Curatorial Fellow, Harvard Art Museums
Chair: Mukti KhaireAssociate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

The process of artistic production has been conceptualized as comprising both the actual physical creation of the artwork itself and the cognitive production of belief among society in the aesthetic and economic value of the work. This process is usually carried out by a set of organizations, individuals, and entities that constitute a field of cultural production. The constituents of this field – artists, firms, educational institutions, museums, etc. – are all responsible for generating and institutionalizing the conventions of artistic evaluation and value that determine tastes and consumption among consumers, as well as society, more broadly. At the same time, art works either reflect prevailing social mores or attempt to subvert them through radical expressions of ideas. Therefore, the existence of an adequate field, or ecosystem of institutions and firms is essential to not just art markets and our understanding of art, but to the very notion of civil society. This panel will explore how civil society and art worlds interact and intersect in the South Asian social, political, and cultural context through an examination of the artworks and the institutional fields that have existed through history and need to exist in the current context.


3:00 – 4:00 pm   Break


4:00 – 4:30 pm

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity Book and Exhibition Launch


Welcome: Tarun Khanna , Director, South Asia Institute at Harvard University, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Comments by: Meera Gandhi, CEO and Founder of The Giving Back Foundation; SAI Advisory Council Member

Remarks by Drew FaustPresident and Lincoln Professor of HistoryHarvard University 


4:30 – 5:30 pm

 One Harvard: Working Across Disciplines


Panel members: Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies, FAS, Member of the Faculty of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School
Tarun Khanna, Director of the South Asia Institute & Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design
Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

The faculty leaders will discuss lessons learned from the Kumbh Mela project, an example of sophisticated cross school research, documented in the publication Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity. On the broad sandy flats left after the rainy season by the receding waters of the meeting rivers, a temporary city is created for the 2013 Kumbh Mela. Over fifty Harvard professors, students, doctors, and researchers made the pilgrimage to the Mela site. Due to its size and complexity, the Kumbh Mela inspired interdisciplinary research in a number of complementary fields at Harvard – business, technology and communications, urban studies and design, religious and cultural studies and public health.


5:30 – 6:30 pm

 Reception and Exhibit


All are welcome