This Week's Top Stories
February 14, 2020
We sat down with Priti Gupta — Project Prakash's postdoctoral research scientist — to learn about her experience working with the Prakash team to restore eyesight to children living with congenital blindness, as well as her journey so far in the field of neuroscience.
In Pakistan, development economist Lant Pritchett recently gave a talk on the learning crisis that currently confronts the entire world, despite massive expansion of educational systems over the past 50 years. "It's not just an issue of the developing world — even the elite are not doing well," he said.
Doctoral student Alexis Brown traveled to Sri Lanka to perform research on a Buddhist narrative anthology, Rasavahini , written in medieval Sri Lanka. “The  Rasavahini  is considered one of the most important works of post-canonical Pali literature in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, and Laos,” says Brown.
Upcoming Events
Saturday–Sunday, February 15-16
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL AND HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL
The India Conference at Harvard is one of the largest student-led conferences focusing on India in the US. This year, listen to discussions with actor Anupam Kher , former international cricket coach Gary Kirsten , media baron Aroon Purie , economist Arvind Subramanian , and more.
Thursday, February 20, 5:00 PM
S010, TSAI AUDITORIUM, CGIS SOUTH, 1730 CAMBRIDGE STREET
Panelists Suraj Yengde , Dalit scholar, activist, and postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School; Esha Meher , lawyer in the Supreme Court of India; Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy , a sophomore at Harvard College; and Sugata Bose , Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, will discuss India's recent legislation on citizenship and what it means for the nation's future.
Tuesday, February 25, 5:00 PM
S010, TSAI AUDITORIUM, CGIS SOUTH, 1730 CAMBRIDGE STREET
In South Asia, the current debate around issues of citizenship has ignited divisions and unrest; however, the roots of these issues stretch back much further. Sana Aiyar , Associate Professor of History at MIT; Kalyani Ramnath , Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard; Sahana Ghosh , Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University; Suchitra Vijayan , Founder and Executive Director of The Polis Project; and Rohit De , Associate Professor at Yale University, will explore the post-Partition history of citizenship in the region.
Latest Announcements
DEADLINE TODAY: Friday, February 14, 2020
We're now accepting applications for our summer grants to research, intern, or perform a language study in South Asia! Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Reach out to Selmon Rafey, srafey@fas.harvard.edu, with any questions.
Deadline: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Each year, the Mittal Institute sponsors visiting scientists to pursue research in biosciences fields Harvard University and other institutions. Working in university laboratories under the mentorship of top bioscience mentors and faculty, the visiting scientists learn through hands-on research.
Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020
The annual Seed for Change competition at the Mittal Institute welcomes applications from Harvard students to present projects that can positively impact societal, economic, and environmental issues in India and Pakistan. Students have the chance to receive a grant to bring their project to life in-region.
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