News about upcoming South Asia-related events - Spring 2015
Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley
Spring 2015
Welcome back to Berkeley and best wishes for a healthy new year, one with less violence and greater justice. The coming semester at the Institute is as ever full of lectures, performances, and workshops, and we hope you can join us. 
Let me just mention a few of the many coming events to give you a sense of what your participation and support of South Asia research and teaching at Berkeley have made possible.

First, we are delighted that the University has honored Ustad Zakir Hussain with the 2015 Regents Lectureship.  Regents Lecturers comprise influential artists, intellectuals, politicians, and activists outside the academy with significant contributions to public life.  Past Regents Lecturers have included Rustom Bharucha and Gurcharan Das. Zakir Hussain will be at Berkeley for a jam-packed fortnight, including the Regents Lecture itself, "Zakir Talks Zakir Plays" on March 5 (with performance and a discussion with Professor Janaki Bakhle, History), "The Changing Role of the Tabla Player in Hindustani Classical Music" (a conversation with Professor Bonnie Wade, Music) on March 10, followed on March 11 by a Master Class in the Department of Music, and all of these events preceded by a screening of the film "Zakir Hussain: SF Jazz Sessions," a documentary by Anisa Qureshi (who happens to be Zakir Hussain's daughter). Registration is required for all four events so reserve your seats here.  

Second, we are privileged that for the formal Inauguration of the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, the famed founder of BRAC Sir Abed Hasan Fazle will be coming to Berkeley on March 30.  Recently listed as one of the world's 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, Sir Abed is a visionary social worker. He founded the world's largest NGO and has been one of the most prominent forces for social change in Bangladesh and globally.

Third, we are incredibly fortunate that the Indo-American Lecturer for 2015 will be Professor Nivedita Menon of JNU.  A renowned and prolific political theorist and feminist scholar, Dr. Menon is a key architect of the website Kafila that has transformed the critical public sphere of ideas in India and beyond.  The Indo-American Lectureship, established by the Indian American community in the Bay Area with support from the Government of India, brings top scholars to spend a week or more on campus delivering lectures, meeting students and faculty, and pursuing their research.  Professor Menon will be in residence April 6 through 11.

Fourth and fifth, we are delighted to host not one but two critical conferences on Pakistan as part of the Berkeley Pakistan Initiative led by Professors Munis Faruqui and Saba Mahmood and supported by the generosity of the Pakistani American community in the Bay Area. On February 7, please join us for Fixing Pakistan's Education: Innovative Solutions for a Major Challenge, and on February 27 and 28, for Pakistan: Beyond the Security State.  

Sixth, as part of our focus this semester on Public Health in South Asia, and in conjunction with the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, we will be hosting a one-day conference on April 7, Experimental Populations/National Bodies, bringing together leading historians and science and technology studies scholars rethinking the position of South Asia within the entwined histories of medical and colonial modernity.

And finally, along with our consortium partners at Stanford, UC Davis, and UC Santa Cruz, we will be hosting the fourth annual graduate student conference South Asia by the Bay on May 8 and 9, entitled Precarious Exchanges. The conference, held at Stanford in 2012 and 13 and at Santa Cruz in 2014, unites the faculties of these four universities in bringing together a select group of emerging scholars for dialogue and debate.  All graduate students are encouraged to apply.

These are but the tip of the (globally warming) iceberg: please join us at Stephens Hall in 2015, and welcome back. 


Spring 2015 Events. Please click on links for further information. 

  1. Thursday, January 22, 2015
    Corruption and the Crisis of Governance in India
    10:30-11:30 a.m | 355 Goldman School of Public Policy
  2. Thursday, January 22, 2015
    U.S. Public Diplomacy and Cultural Heritage Preservation in Afghanistan
    12-1:30 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  3. Thursday, January 22, 2015
    Comparing Indian State Political Regimes Again
    4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
  4. Monday, January 26, 2015
    Afghan National Public Health Institute Speaker
    12-1 p.m. | 15 Haviland Hall
  5. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    Prospects For The Future Of Afghanistan
    4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
  6. Thursday, February 12, 2015
    Don't Let Him Know: Author, Sandip Roy reads from his debut novel
    5-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  7. Monday, March 2, 2015
    Zakir Hussain: SF Jazz Sessions
    5-8 p.m. |  PFA Theater
  8. Thursday, March 5, 2015
    Zakir Talks. Zakir Plays: The 2015 Regents' Lecture by Zakir Hussain
    6-8 p.m. |  Wheeler Auditorium
  9. Tuesday, March 10, 2015
    The Changing Role of the Tabla Player in Hindustani Classical Music: Zakir Hussain in Conversation with Bonnie Wade
    5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, The Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
  10. Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    Master Class with Zakir Hussain
    7-9 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall
  11. Monday, March 30, 2015
    Talk by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (Title TBD): The Inauguration of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies
    5:30-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, The Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
  12. Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    Experimental Populations/National Bodies: Public Health in South Asia
    9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. |  TBD
  13. Thursday, April 9, 2015
    Dr. Nivedita Menon - The 2015 Indo-American Community Lecturer: Title TBD
    5-7 p.m. |  TBD
  14. Friday, April 24, 2015
    Ayya's Accounts - A Ledger of Hope in Modern India: A reading by author, Anand Pandian
    12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
  15. Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Housetalk and the Limits of Conversion: South Asian Domestic Workers' New Found Islamic Pieties in the Greater Arabian Peninsula
    5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
  1. Saturday, February 7, 2015
    Fixing Pakistan's Education: Innovative Solutions for a Major Challenge
    9 a.m.-4 p.m. | B 100, Blum Hall
  2. Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    Social Enterprises in Developing Economies: Panel Discussion followed by Networking Hour
    5-7:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall
  3. Friday, February 27-28, 2015
    Pakistan: Beyond the Security State
  4. Friday, May 8-9, 2015
    Precarious Exchange: Materiality, Network, and Value in South Asia in the World. "The 4th South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference"
    8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. |  UC Berkeley
  1. Monday, March 2, 2015
    Zakir Hussain: SF Jazz Sessions
    5-8 p.m. |  PFA Theater
  2. Monday, April 20, 2015
    Gulabi Gang: The Documentary
    5-7:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater

One of the world's leading centers for research and programs on South Asia, the Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS) at the University of California, Berkeley works with faculty members, graduate students, community members, private institutions, and non-profit organizations to deepen understanding of the region and to create new generations of scholars of South Asia. Read more here

Fixing Pakistan's Education: Innovative Solutions for a Major Challenge

Saturday, February 7
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
B 100 Blum Hall

Register online HERE

Don't Let Him Know

Author, Sandip Roy reads from his debut novel,

Thursday, February 12
5-7 p.m.
10 Stephens Hall

Social Enterprises in Developing Economies

On the role Bay Area-based social enterprises play in developing economies. A panel discussion followed by a networking hour

Wednesday, February 25
5-7:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall


Zakir Talks | Zakir Plays 

 -- SF Jazz Sessions
     March 2 at 5 pm

 --  Zakir Talks | Zakir Plays
March 5 at 6 pm
 -- Changing Role of Tabla
March 10 at 5 pm
 --  Master Class
March 11 at 7 pm

Registration required for all four events. Register Here

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed to inaugurate the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

Monday, March 30
5:30 p.m.

The Maude Fife Roon, 315 Wheeler Hall

The Indo American Community Lecture by Nivedita Menon

Renowned political theorist & feminist scholar, Nivedita Menon, in Berkeley April 6-11, as the Indo-American Community Lecturer in India Studies for 2015. 

Thursday, April 9
5-7 p.m. | TBD 

Gulabi Gang: The Documentary

A screening with the Director, Nishtha Jain present

April 20
5-7:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater

Videos of CSAS programs are available within a week of the event date and also in our podcast feed.
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