This Week's Top Stories
May 8, 2020
The Mittal Institute's recent webinar, "The Science Behind COVID-19," moderated by Dr. Jennifer Leaning , explored the place of science in the COVID-19 response and transmission of the virus throughout South Asia. If you missed it, check out our video of the event!
Sreekar Mantena (Harvard College, '22) recently traveled to India for a 3-week journey through healthcare, meeting with engineers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs to learn about medical technology innovation while building connections for the Global Alliance for Medical Innovation, a student-run nonprofit at Harvard.
Continuing our intern spotlight series, we caught up with Alex Sanyal , who will graduate this month with a Masters of Design Studies in Critical Conservation. We learned more about her experience as a graduate student at Harvard, and how her research and student life have been affected by the pandemic.
Upcoming Events
Thursday, May 14, 9:00–10:30 AM EST
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Panelists will discuss how COVID-19 will affect the other epidemics of India.
  • Discussant: Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Partners in Health
  • Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
  • Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India
  • Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization
Friday, May 22, 9:30–10:30 AM EST
Join webinar via Zoom: Link will be provided on our website
Panelists will discuss education in South Asia during and post-COVID-19.
  • 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
Our 2020 Visiting Artist Fellows present their exhibition,  Everyday Encounters, on Harvard Ed Portal's online platform. Reflecting on their personal accounts of documenting and engaging with rapidly changing South Asian cities and their people, the artists’ work explores the deeply personal issues of identity and culture in this region.
  • Shah Numair Ahmed Abbasi, Mittal Institute Visiting Artist Fellow, Spring 2020
  • Suhasini Kejriwal, Mittal Institute Visiting Artist Fellow, Spring 2020
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Deadline Extended: Monday, May 18, 2020
Artists from South Asia can apply for the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 Visiting Artist Fellowships at the Mittal Institute, which brings four artists from South Asia to the Harvard campus in Cambridge each year. Art Fellows have the opportunity to perform research and use Harvard’s vast resources to build on their future art practice.