News about upcoming South Asia-related events - April & May 2017
Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley
April 2017
Dear Friends,

April and May are going to be incredibly exciting, events-wise.

First, we are incredibly fortunate that our Sarah Kailath Lecturer for 2017 is acclaimed film director, Mira Nair. Mira Nair will be in Berkeley in conjunction with a theater production of ​her film Monsoon Wedding​ produced by the Berkeley Rep. The event titled, Between Worlds: A Conversation with Mira Nairwill take place on Sunday, May 7 from 3 to 5 pm in the Chevron Auditorium. The conversation will be led by Prof. Harsha Ram. Details of the event can be found here. Please do save the date on your calendars and join us for what promises to be a scintillating afternoon. 

As a lead up to Mira Nair's lecture, and as a part of our film and documentary series, the Institute is organizing a retrospective of some of her most famous movies.  All screenings will take place on Wednesday nights in 10 Stephens Hall. Please note that admission is with Cal ID only and will be limited to the first 40 attendees. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. RSVP information in the links above. 

Additionally, we will also be screening, with the filmmakers present, Asamapta (Incomplete) (April 10), Suman Mukhopadhyay's poignant movie on love, loss and unfinished relationships, and Saving Mes Aynak (April 14), Brent E. Huffman's 2015 documentary on a large Buddhist site south of Kabul threatened by a copper mine development.

We are also thrilled to co-present two theatre productions: Noor Inayat Khan (April 8 & 9), Enacte Arts' play on the life of an Indian World War II spy, and Wedding Album (May 6, 12, & 13), BAD Company's production of Girish Karnad's play on arranged marriages in India. Both plays have multiple stagings so please make sure to click on the links to find the date most convenient to you. 

Finally, we have added a new lecture by Dr. Raju Nayak (April 25), ISAS visiting scholar for 2017, and Bay Area WASH (April 5), a day-long symposium that will bring together researchers working on water, health, and sanitation (WASH) from UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and other Bay Area institutions. (Attendance to this symposium is strictly on an invitation only basis. Please write to Sharada Prasad for further information.)

Please scroll down to see a list of our upcoming events. All new ones are marked with a "NEW" next to it. Please make a note of them and save the dates on your calendars. 

In other news, we are happy to announce a new opportunity for students interested in Bangladesh: US-based summer internships with Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) are available for UC Berkeley students interested in law and human rights. Applications are now open. Please see HERE for further details. 
April Events
  1. NEW: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
    2017 Bay Area WASH symposium: On water, health, and sanitation
    9-5 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  2. NEW: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
    Featuring Films by Acclaimed Film Director, Mira Nair: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
    5:30-8 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  3. Thursday, April 6, 2017
    Thomas Blom Hansen | Urban Theory goes South: On the Historicity of Space and Urban Imagination in South Asia
    5-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  4. Friday, April 07, 2017
    Ramachandra Guha | India at Seventy - A Historian's Report Card: The Inaugural Bhattacharya Lecture on the "Future of India" 
    6-8 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
  5. NEW: Saturday, April 8, 2017 (Multiple show times)
    Soundwaves - The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan: A Play in English presented by Enacte Arts
    DeAnza Visual and Performing Arts Center
  6. NEW: Monday, April 10, 2017
    Asamapta (Incomplete): A Screening with Director Suman Mukhopadhyay present
    5-7:30 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  7. Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    Navanetham Pillay | Advancing Human Rights in a Rightward World: Challenges for International Institutions and Civil Society
    5-7 p.m. | Boalt Hall, Goldberg Room
  8. NEW: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Featuring Films by Acclaimed Film Director, Mira Nair: The Namesake
    5-8 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  9. Thursday, April 13, 2017
    Sacred Singing: A Baul Performance by Parvathy Baul
    6-8 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
  10. NEW: Friday, April 14, 2017
    Saving Mes Aynak: A Film by Brent E. Huffman: Film-screening and Discussion with Filmmaker
    3-5 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall
  11. Friday, April 14 - Saturday, April 15, 2017
    Offense! The Public Life of Injury in South Asia: The 6th South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference
    9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. |  Stanford University
  12. NEW: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Featuring Films by Acclaimed Film Director, Mira Nair: Mississippi Masala
    5-8 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  13. Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Kirti Jain | Performing Partition: On Producing "Aur Kitne Tukde" (How Many Fragments?)
    5-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  14. NEW: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Raju Nayak | Singing Resistance: Oral Narratives of the Lambada Bhats of Southern India
    5-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  15. NEW: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    Featuring Films by Acclaimed Film Director, Mira Nair: Queen of Katwe
    5-8 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
May Events
  1. Tuesday, May 02, 2017
    Young Scholars Research Symposium: A Celebration of Student Excellence at UC Berkeley
    4-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  2. NEW: Wednesday, May 03, 2017
    Featuring Films by Acclaimed Film Director, Mira Nair: Monsoon Wedding
    5-8 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
  3. NEW: SaturdayMay 06, 2017 (Multiple show times)
    Wedding Album: A Girish Karnad comedy presented by the Bay Area Drama Company
    Sunnyvale Theatre
  4. NEW: Sunday, May 07, 2017
    Between Worlds - A Conversation with Mira Nair: The 5th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture
    3-5 p.m. | International House, The Chevron Auditorium
  5. Monday, May 8, 2017
    Kanak Mani Dixit | South Asian Regionalism under the Modi Government
    5-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall
As always, all ISAS events are video recorded and made available for viewing on our website. Newly added are the Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2017 by Bangladeshi Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Sara Hossain, Dr. Ravinder Kaur's talk on the making of the Aam Aadmi, Venkat Srinivasan's talk on ways of sharing archival data, Dr. Katherine Schofield's talk on music in the Mughal period, Human Rights activists, Monira Rahman and Anika Rahman's presentations at the International Women's Day celebrations, Prof. Isha Ray and Dr. Robin Marsh's talk on post-earthquake Nepal, and finally the talks by The Asia Foundation's country representatives from South Asia.

We look forward to seeing you at the ISAS!

The Annual Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on Women & Leadership
Mira Nair
Between Worlds
A Conversation

Sunday, May 7
3-5 p.m.
Chevron Auditorium
International House

A Himalayan Studies event
Kanak Mani Dixit
South Asian Regionalism under the Modi Government

Monday, May 8
5-7 pm
10 Stephens Hall

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 Inaugural Bhattacharya Lecture on the "Future of India"
Ramachandra Guha
India at Seventy: A Historian's Report Card

Friday, April 7
6-8 p.m.
Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

A Chowdhury Center event
Parvathy Baul
Sacred Singing: A Baul Performance

Thursday, April 13
6-8 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Sara Hossain
Human Rights Activist, Bangladesh

Ravinder Kaur
Copenhagen University

Venkat Srinivasan
National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

Katherine Schofield
King's College London

Monira Rahman and Anika Rahman
Human Rights Activists, Bangladesh

Isha Ray and Robin Marsh
UC Berkeley

The Asia Foundation Country Representatives for South Asia
The Asia Foundation
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