This Week's Top Stories
May 22, 2020
This past year, the Mittal Institute has worked to deepen the research and understanding of South Asia’s arts, sciences, humanities, and more, partnering with faculty, students, and affiliates. Read all about our latest research and programs in our 2019-2020 Year In Review , now available digitally.
We spoke with Visiting Artist Fellow Suhasini Kejriwal , a multimedia artist from India, to learn more about her artistic exploration into the busy urban landscapes of places like Kolkata and Mumbai. To see more of her work, view the virtual exhibition, Everyday Encounters , with the Harvard Ed Portal!
The Mittal Institute’s interns offer unique experiences and skills that have been invaluable to our team, and we'd like to congratulate our graduating interns. Next up in our intern spotlight series is Preksha Singh , who is graduating this month with an Ed.M focusing on Mind, Brain, and Education.
Upcoming Events
TODAY, May 22, 9:30–10:30 AM EST
COVID-19 has shut down traditional education programs throughout South Asia, from primary to higher education. This panel will discuss the unique challenges the region is facing in the education sector, such as access to technology and the potential long-term effects of distance learning.
  • Asim Ijaz Khwaja, Director, Center for International Development; Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Faculty Director, International Education Policy
Friday, June 5, 9:00–10:30 AM EST
This webinar will explore the unique challenges that business leaders throughout South Asia are facing during the pandemic, and the varied and novel solutions they are considering.
  • Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, The Mittal Institute
  • Rajeeb Samdani, Co-Founder and Trustee, Samdani Art Foundation; Managing Director, Golden Harvest Group
  • Osman Khalid Waheed, CEO, Ferozsons Laboratories Limited
Friday, June 12, 9:00–10:30 AM EST
Major fashion retailers in the Global North are closing their stores and laying off workers, leaving thousands of workers in Bangladesh out of work. This webinar will explore the crisis currently facing the global apparel industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Elora Chowdhury, Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University
  • Taslima Akhter, Photographer and Organizer, Bangladesh Garments Sramik Shanghati
  • Jyotirmoy Barua, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
  • Seuty Sabur, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University
  • Dina Siddiqi, Clinical Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, New York University
  • Nafisa Tanjeem, Assistant Professor, Global Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesley University
Please note that there will be a maximum attendance capacity to the above Zoom sessions.