March 25, 2016

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SAI News
Acting the victim
"I'm interested in  this idea of the victim and crisis, and how it can be represented in art," says Paribartana Mohanty, who will be at Harvard next week as SAI's Visiting Artist, and will conduct a public performance lecture on Wednesday, March 30.
Lessons in democracy from Myanmar
At the recent meeting of the  Harvard Alumni Group of Nepal, Bhojraj Pokharel, the former Chief Election Commissioner of Nepal, discussed lessons from Myanmar's democratic evolution.
Water and vulnerability
On March 15, SAI hosted a meeting of the Boston Water Group. The discussion focused on the Delhi water crisis and how similar infrastructure vulnerabilities exist across many cities, including Boston.
Student voices
Smiling India
"I learned to practice cross-cultural compassionate care and learned about a broken health-care system," writes Harvard dental student Hannah Yoo about her time conducting research on the oral and nutritional health of women and children in Mumbai.
Upcoming SAI Events
For a full list of events, please visit our website
India: the Urban Transition
Monday, March 28,  6:30pm - 8:00pm, CGIS South, S354, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA
Urbanization Seminar
Henrik Valeur, Architect-Urbanist, Founder and Creative Director of UiD
Chair: Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Water and Sacred Spaces: A Case Study of the Ellora-Khuldabad-Daulatabad Region
Tuesday, March 29, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, CGIS South S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA
South Asia Without Borders Seminar
Dr. Yaaminey Mubayi, Culture and Community Development
Chair: Jinah Kim, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
The Power of Political Connections in Local Elections - Evidence from Pakistan
Tuesday, March 29, 7:30pm, 
Littauer Building, Room 324, HKS, 
79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 
Student Event
Asad Liaquat, PhD Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
Cosponsored with the Harvard Pakistan Student Group and the Pakistan Caucus at HKS
Social Media for Social Enterprises: Case of Facebook
Tuesday, March 29, 5:30pm to 7:00pm IST (8:00am to 9:30am ET)
Livelihood Creation Project Webinar
Ritesh Mehta, Head of Economic Growth Initiatives, India & South Asia at Facebook
Great Eternal Return: A Social Media Film
Wednesday, March 30, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, CGIS South, S030, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA
Arts Seminar
Paribartana MohantyVisiting Artist, South Asia Institute Art Program
SAI will also offer an opportunity for Harvard students to have lunch with Paribartana on Monday, Mar. 28 at 12pm. Please RSVP to Diana Nguyen,

How $100 Smartphones are Transforming the Government in Pakistan
Thursday, March 31, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street,  Cambridge MA
South Asia Without Borders Seminar
Umar Saif, Chairman, Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB); Vice Chancellor, ITU
Chair: Karim R. Lakhani, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Cosponsored with the Harvard Pakistan Student Group

Between State and Faith: Aspects of Personal Laws in Colonial India
Saturday, April 2, 11:30am - 1:00pm,   CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Student Event
Tanika Sarkar, Professor of Modern History, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Chair: Hardeep Dhillon, PhD candidate in History, Harvard University
Cosponsored with the South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop and The Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at Tufts University
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