This Week's Top Stories
April 19, 2019
Leading up to our Annual Mahindra Lecture next Wednesday, we spoke with Devaki Jain about her work, exploring her push in India for women's empowerment, her expertise in feminist economics, and her thoughts on the greatest challenges that India faces today.
Sarah Khan recently visited Harvard to discuss the voter gender gap in Pakistan — a divide that reaches close to 20 percent. She examined the reasons for this gap, the recent attempts to find solutions, and the social norms that prevent women from voting in Pakistan.
Ideas from SW47 and Crossroads Program Spread to New Geographies
Through collaboration with faculty and students, the ideas the Mittal Institute has developed in both the Crossroads program and the SW47 course are being accessed and shared with new geographies. In this Gazette article, MacLean Sarbah describes his vision for an entrepreneurial youth education program in Ghana to reduce unemployment levels, inspired by what he learned in SW47.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 PM
Devaki Jain is an Indian economist and writer who has made significant contributions to feminist economics, social justice, and women’s empowerment in India. In this lecture, she will weave her own personal story into the political story of India and discuss her engagement with public life, activism, and her current work in feminist economics.
Thursday–Friday, May 2–3
Ritual has played a major role in Hindu societies from the Vedas to modern times, and it has been particularly prominent in Nepalese society. Professor Michael Witzel will lead a conference to explore some of the rituals, past and present, that are typical for Nepal. 
Friday, May 3, 5:00 PM
In this demonstration, Pakistani musical sensation Ali Sethi and Harvard Professor Ali Asani will take you into the lyrical world of ghazals. The ghazal originated in Arabia in the 7th century and developed into a significant literary genre in Persian, Urdu, and other South Asian languages.
Monday, April 22, 3:45 PM
In this seminar from the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Michael Homberg and Sugata Bose will discuss the decline of European overseas empires and the link between the socio-economic development of the nation-state to the success of high-tech industries.
Latest Announcements
Deadline to Apply: Monday, April 29, 2019
Harvard faculty who receive a Mittal Institute faculty grant can use it to unite scholars from different fields and regions whose research relates to South Asia, or they can build on pre-existing research or projects.
August 1–14, 2019
Deadline to Apply: Monday, May 6, 2019
The advent of exciting new technologies and analytical solutions in light microscopy is already driving new discoveries. In this workshop, students in India will learn about advancements in contemporary light microscopy through lectures and hands-on training in imaging modalities.