October 28, 2016

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Happy Diwali! Celebrate with SAI at a special edition of our weekly tea break on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 3PM at the 4th floor of CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street.
SAI News
Disease and politics
At the October meeting of the Brown/Harvard/MIT Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics,
Prerna Singh, Brown University, compared the success and failure of the smallpox vaccine in 19th century Calcutta and Canton to show that new medical technologies must be embedded in existing cultural norms to be effective.
Islam awarded Prize for Water Creativity
Congratulations to  Shafiqul Islam , Tufts University, and his team member  Dr. Rita Colwell , University of Maryland at College Park,  who were awarded the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water for developing a model that uses chlorophyll information from satellite data to predict cholera outbreaks. I slam, who directs the Boston Water Group, has applied the findings to the Bay of Bengal.
Student voices
Understanding history textbooks in Sri Lanka
Sarani Jayawardena, Harvard College '17, spent her summer researching how government-issued history textbooks in Sri Lanka have changed and how they depict ethnic minorities during the course of the civil war and afterward.
Upcoming SAI Events
For a full calendar, please visit our website.
DeCoding Asian Urbanism
TODAY, Friday, Oct. 28 - Sat, Oct. 29, CGIS South, S010, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Special Event
This symposium explores the current discourse and creation of innovative architecture and urban interventions that are effectively transforming the spatial and operational landscape of the complex Asian city. 
Cosponsored with the Bengal Foundation and the A+D Museum, Los Angeles
CGIS Trick or Treat
Monday, October 31, 12:00pm - 3:00pm, CGIS South and CGIS Knafel, 1730 and 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Special Event
Explore the globe this Halloween! Visit the international centers in CGIS South and Knafel to learn more about student funding opportunities and enjoy some delicious treats!
Diwali Tea Break
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, 4th Floor, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Harvard faculty, students, fellows, staff, and affiliates are invited to a special edition of SAI's weekly tea break. Come enjoy tea and snacks and celebrate Diwali with us!
Stories of Democracy in India
Thursday, Nov. 3, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, CGIS South, S010, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Film Screenings and Discussion
Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University
Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Reception to follow.
Transporting India to the 2030s: What Do We Need To Do?
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Land Lecture Hall, Belfer Building, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA
Science and Technology Seminar
Rakesh Mohan, Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University
Chair: Tony Gomez-Ibanez, Derek Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, Harvard University
Kumbh Mela, The Ephemeral Megacity
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Special Event
Diana Eck, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Divinity School
Rahul Mehrota, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Facilitator: Robert Goldman, UC Berkeley

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