Annual Lecture Series

Indo-American Community Lectureship in India Studies

This Lectureship enables CSAS to bring prominent individuals from India to Berkeley to deliver a lecture and interact with campus and community members during a two-week stay. The Lectureship brings a scholar from India every other year, and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) pays the visitor’s international airfare. Past Lectureship holders include Upendra Baxi, Andre Beteille, Madhav Gadgil, Ramachandra Guha, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Narendra Panjwani, Anuradha Kapur,  Ashis Nandy, Amita Baviskar and Romila Thapar. The lectureship is an offshoot of the Indo Amercan Community Chair in India Studies.

The Maharaj Kaul Memorial Lecture

The "Maharaj Kaul Memorial Lecture" is an annual lecture series on the theme of social justice. This lecture series has been established in memory of Maharaj Kaul (1940 - 2009), a UC Berkeley alum, tireless campaigner against injustice and for peace, founder of groups such as India Relief and Education Fund, and Coalition Against Coalition, and long-time supporter of CSAS’s mission and activities. Our inaugural lecture was delivered by Palagummi Sainath. More details about the Maharaj Kaul Memorial fund here.

The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture Series on Pakistan

The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture Series on Pakistan is named in honor of one of the leading figures in the history of the Habib family. In addition to successfully guiding the Habib family’s transition from India to Pakistan following independence in 1947, Mahomedali Habib laid the foundations for the House of Habib, a group of powerful business and financial companies. The group has a long-standing history of philanthropy and social service and is currently leading the establishment of Habib University, a liberal arts and sciences university, in Pakistan which aims to bridge the gap between global academia and Pakistan. Toward honoring the legacy of Mahomedali Habib – who was distinguished by his love for Pakistan and his deep commitment to education and philanthropy – the Habib family has decided to endow an annual lecture series in his name. Through this lecture series the Habib family aims to improve and diversify conversations about Pakistan in the United States as well as create opportunities for US and Pakistan-based scholars to dialogue. Our inaugural lecture will be delivered by leading Pakistani lawyer, advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, President Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and human rights activist, Asma Jahangir on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Details about this lecture here.

The Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Lecture on Pakistan

The Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Lecture on Pakistan derives from the Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Endowment. The endowment, established by Rafat Pirzada and his wife, Amna Jaffer, and named after Rafat Pirzada’s father, Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada on the occasion of his 90th birthday, funds the Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Dissertation Prize on Pakistan, an annual dissertation prize for the best work in the humanities, social sciences, law, or public health on Pakistan, the region that is Pakistan, or things to do with Pakistan. The Pirzada Lecture on Pakistan is designed around the winner of the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize and takes place at UC Berkeley every spring.

The Rajendranath Das lecture in Bangla

The Rajendranath Das lectureship on Bangla Studies, commencing in 2008, is a part of the Berkeley Bangla Initiative, and was created by the generosity of Satyen Das, is a lecture series that will bring a prominent scholar of Bangla to speak at Berkeley annually. Dr. Sugata Bose gave the first Rajendranath Keynote Lecture during the Institute for South Asia Studies 23rd Annual South Asia Conference on February 15, 2008. Dr. Bose’s lecture was titled, “Different Universalisms, Vernacular Cosmpolitanisms: The Global Imagination of the Colonized.” Dr. Bose is an eminent scholar, currently the Director of the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University and the Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs. He has written extensively on modern South Asia and on the history of the Indian Ocean region.

The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture

The "Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture" is a lecture series on the theme of Women and Leadership. Our first Sarah Kailath Memorial lecture was by Kamala D. Harris, the current Attorney General of California. At the time of the lecture, she was San Francisco’s District Attorney, the first woman in San Francisco’s history, as well as the first African American and South Asian American woman in California to hold the office.