May 18, 2018
A fascinating conversation from our 2018 Symposium between Professor Ashok Gadgil ( UC Berkeley ), Professor Tarun Khanna (The Mittal Institute; Harvard Business School ) and Professor Asim Khwaja ( Harvard Kennedy School ) - they talk about how difficult it is to solve life-or-death problems, even with great resources, and the kinds of things you have to do in order to get things done.
The Mittal Institute Visiting Artist, Faiham Ebna Sharif, is a freelance journalist and photographer focusing on social issues in his home country of Bangladesh. Before his return home, we talked with him about his time at Harvard and his art practice. “The logical approach is to spend time with the people I photograph. For example, I stayed in the Tea Gardens with the workers for many days,” he says.
We welcome applications from emerging and mid-career artists in South Asia to come to Harvard University and participate in interdisciplinary discourse with students and faculty on global issues relevant to South Asia. Please check the website next week for application criteria.
The deadline for applications to the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program has been extended to June 30, 2018. It is a unique career development opportunity for talented first-generation college students from across Asia, Africa and the Middle East to spend nearly a week in Dubai, all expenses paid, learning from Harvard professors, alumni and local business leaders in September 2018. Apply now!
On Saturday, May 12th, international development partners, elected officials and civil servants of the government, researchers and academics, private sector representatives and civil society stakeholders attended Bangladesh Rising to discuss how the country can maintain its development momentum and accelerate the growth it has achieved in the past decade. The conference was co-hosted by The Mittal Institute.
"PACE co-president Tony Delarosa , Ed.M.’18, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Lead Linda Sun , Ed.M.’18 discuss PACE’s work within the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) community and the importance of bringing Pan-Asian student issues to the fore."
Kate Cronin-Furman , postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, discusses the Rohingya Crisis, the legal parameters of the term 'genocide', and the lack of international intervention.
In this podcast from the Asia Group, Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma  interview Dr. Alyssa Ayres , A.B. '92. Currently a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, they discuss her time studying abroad in India while at Harvard and how that motivated her career in South Asia policy.
The Mittal Institute grant recipient Asad Liaqat shares his experience working with The History Project in Lahore, Pakistan during the summer of 2016. Liaqat reflects on implementing workshops aimed at improving critical thinking and increasing empathy in schoolchildren in Pakistan and India. "The predominant examination system in Pakistan is based on rote learning, where passing the exam is considered more important than learning the content."