Tag : humanities


Creating a better India

SAI recently talked to Namrata Narain, Harvard College ’15, one of the organizers of the Harvard US-India Initiative’s (HUII) Annual Conference, to learn more about how HUII is working to increase discussions on important issues by connecting young academic communities in India and the US.

Ayesha Jalal: The Struggle for Pakistan

In a SAI Book Talk on Dec. 3, renowned Pakistani historian Ayesha Jalal, Tufts University, spoke about her new book and highlighted the need for a comprehensive historical interpretation of Pakistan’s narrative and encouraged members of the audience to view the history of the country through a geopolitical lens rather than a religious one.

Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War

By Abhishek Rahman, MDiv Candidate, Harvard Divinity School Beginning in the 1980s, Sri Lanka’s civil war tore communities apart. In 2009, the Sri Lankan army defeated the separatist guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a fierce battle that...

Princes of the Mughal Empire

By Mehjabeen Zameer, Ed.M Candidate, International Education Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education; SAI Student Coordinator On Tuesday, September 23, Munis Faruqui, Associate Professor, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California...

Romila Thapar discusses historical traditions of North India

On Monday, May 5, SAI hosted a book talk with prominent Indian historian Romila Thapar about Thapar’s most recent book, The Past Before Us: Historical Traditions of Early North India, which is a panoramic survey of the historical traditions of North India. In the book, Thapar reveals a deep and sophisticated consciousness of history embedded in the diverse body of classical Indian literature.

Ramachandra Guha discusses Gandhi Before India

On April 29, SAI hosted a book talk with Ramachandra Guha, who discussed his new book Gandhi Before India. The event, which took place at the Harvard Book Store with a packed audience, was moderated by Pratap Bhanu Mehta. Guha’s book, Mehta said, was a critical component of this new literature and was a monumental biographical account of Gandhi in South Africa. [Video]

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral City

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral City

The spirit of collaboration and community that made this year’s Kumbh Mela festival so successful was on vivid display at the workshop on August 29 and 30 at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.