News about upcoming South Asia-related events - October 2015
Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley
October 2015
comes to the Institute for South Asia Studies 
on November 19, 2015

Alumni and other longtime Cal watchers will know about the new campus program called The Big Give, a one-day extravaganza in which supporters of the many disciplines and programs at Berkeley vote with donations large and small to honor and support the programs they care about most. This year, The Big Give comes on November 19. 
Friends of the Institute of South Asia Studies and of its many initiatives, of course, give to Berkeley year round, and in ways befitting their personal commitments to cutting edge scholarship on the countries of South Asia.

But on this special day, the 19th of November, The Big Give is a chance to support these initiatives along with thousands of other friends, alumni, and parents of Cal.  

Check out our The Big Give page where you can target your gift toward any of our existing programs or support our new initiatives. Please let others know and we thank you for your support!

In other news, please make a note of three upcoming events in October and save the dates on your calendars. Amitav Ghosh brings his latest book, Flood of Fire, to Berkeley on Oct 15. On Thursday, Oct 29, Sudha Murty, Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation will deliver the 4th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture. And finally, on Friday, October 30, the Chowdhury Center presents Ocean of Stories, an evening on Tagore's music and poetry. For further details please click the boxes on the right or scroll down to the comprehensive list of October events. 

Our Fall 2015 issue of South Asia Research Notes (SARN) is out. This latest issue is on Political Scientist, Jennifer Bussell's publication titled, "Corruption and Reform in India: Public Services in the Digital Age." Our latest issue of Khabar is also now out. Both publications can be read online by clicking the boxes on the right. If you prefer the paper and ink versions then please come by the Institute and pick up a copy. Or drop us a line and we can mail you hard copies.

ViewPoint, our blog on South Asian politics, economy, and social issues, features two new articles! The Party and its Poison by Pratap Bhanu Mehta on the Dadri lynching and how the PM Narendra Modi bears responsibility for the poison that is being spread. Sandip Roy in PM Modi selling Digital India in Silicon Valley is one thing, walking the talk in real India is another talks about Narendra Modi's recent Bay Area visit and comments on how FreeInternet does not translate to freedom on the Internet. 

The Institute's Spotlight features an article by Professor Clare Talwalker. Commenting on the recent campus visit of Katherine Boo, author of the National Book Award winning Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a book that discusses urban poverty in Mumbai, Prof. Talwalker says, "books like Boo’s can and do change the way we think about poverty, about what can alleviate it, and what 'we' should do about it." Read her full article in The Berkeley Blog here.

For those of you who were not able to attend our September events, please know that all ISAS events are video recorded and made available for viewing on our website. Newly added are From Playwright to Novelist - The Travelling: A conversation with author, Poile SenguptaLearning from Lahore: A talk by Will Glover on the urban history of the city and the country across the long twentieth century, and Telling stories through Dance: An evening with renowned Kathak maestro, Padmashree Shovana Narayan

We look forward to seeing you at our events! 


October 2015 Events. Please click on links for further information. 
  1. Thursday, October 8, 2015
    An Evening with Pakistani Poet and Nonfiction Writer, Harris Khalique
    Lecture | October 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall, Townsend Center
  2. Thursday, October 15, 2015
  3. Thursday, October 15, 2015
  4. Thursday, October 22 - 25 and Sunday, November 1, 2015
    3rd i's 13th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival
    Screenings at different locations: October 22-25 (New People Cinema and Castro Theater, San Francisco); November 1 (CineArts Theater, Palo Alto)
  5. Friday, October 23, 2015
    Manto, A film by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat: A screening with Director present
    Film - Feature | October 23 | 5-8 p.m. |  TBD
  6. Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    Gendered Violence in Social Unrest and Armed Conflict in India
    Presentation | October 27 | 6-8 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law
  7. Wednesday, October 28, 2015 
    Communities in Transition - A student centered approach to Long Term Community Follow Up: Talk by Prof. M. Omar Rahman, Vice Chancellor, Independent University, Bangladesh 
    12-1 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  8. Wednesday, October 28, 2015
  9. Thursday, October 29, 2015 
    Philanthropy – An Option or a Necessity: The 4th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture by Sudha Murty 
    6-7:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room 
  10. Friday, October 30, 2015 
    Life in the Slum World: Poverty in the Mega-Cities of the Global South: An On the Same Page panel 
    2-3:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room
  11. Friday, October 30, 2015
    Ocean of Stories: Telling Tales through Tagore's Music and Poetry
    6-8 p.m. |  Wheeler Hall, 315 (The Maude Fife Room)

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

S. S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize on Pakistan
Application deadline:
5 pm, December 1

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

The Party & its Poison:  Pratap Bhanu Mehta on the Dadri lynching.

PM Modi selling Digital India in Silicon Valley is one thing, walking the talk in real India is another: Sandip Roy on freedom in Modi's India. 

Flood of Fire
Amitav Ghosh brings the final novel in his bestselling Ibis trilogy to Cal

Thursday, October 15
12-2 p.m.
315 Wheeler Hall, The Maude Fife Room

Manto, Screening with Sarmad Sultan Khoosat present

Friday, October 23
Time: TBD
Venue: TBD

a Chowdhury Center event:
Ocean of Stories: Telling Tales through Tagore's Music and Poetry

Friday, October 30
6-8 p.m.
315 Wheeler Hall

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