The 3rd UC Berkeley Regent's Lecture by Gurcharan Das
Mahmood Farooqui was Scholar in Residence at the CSAS in Nov 2013. While here, he staged several erformances of Dastangoi, conducted a two-day workshop on the art and craft of Dastangoi, and participated in a Guftugu with Prof. Munis Faruqui in which he talked about his various experiences with this art form. Click here to view his Dastangoi performance of tales from the Adventures of Amir Hamza and the Partition of 1947.
Talk by Patricia Jeffery, Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh, on the increasing prevalence of confirmed polio cases in India in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar, especially amongst Muslim children, during the 2000s.
A talk by prominent Bangladeshi economist, Rehman Sobhan
Talk by London School of Economics' Anthropologist, Chris Fuller.
Famed Pakistani lawyer and Human Rights' Activist, Asma Jahangir delivers our Inaugural Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture.
Author Amit Chaudhuri reads from his latest book, Calcutta:Two Years in the City.
Lecture by Kavita Krishnan, renowned social activist from India who recently rose to prominence because of her leadership of the protest movement and her efforts focused on violence against women following the 2012 Delhi gang rape case.
Keynote Address at the 9th Annual Tamil Conference at UC Berkeley by A. R. Venkatachalapathy.
Talk by Anthropologist, Kalpana Ram. Event will also include a book launch of Prof. Ram's latest publication, "Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and its Provocation of the Modern." Limited copies of the book will be available for sale.
From William Dalrymple—award-winning historian, journalist and travel writer—a masterly retelling of what was perhaps the West’s greatest imperial disaster in the East, and an important parable of neocolonial ambition, folly and hubris that has striking relevance to our own time.
A talk by Educationist, Social Activist and Theatre Director, Feisal Alkazi.
Talk by Assistant Professor of Tamil Studies at UC Berkeley, Blake T. Wentworth.
A Conversation about Private Universities and Higher Education in Pakistan with Wasif Rizvi, Nauman Naqvi, and Charles Timothy Spracklen of Habib University, Pakistan
Talk by Sumeet Mhaskar
Lecture by UC Berkeley water expert, Isha Ray, Associate Professor, Energy and Resource Group, UC Berkeley
Author Cheryl Colopy reads from her new book on the complex issue of water sustainability in South Asia to life.Posterd: 04/20/2013
A discussion on the "Slumdog phenomenon," the controversies the film has generated, and the effects the film has had on Indian cinema and broader (mis)perceptions of India and "Indianness."
Talk by UC Berkeley Economist, Pranab Bardhan
Talk by Assistant Professor of South Asian Art at UC Berkeley, Sugata Ray.
Posted: (TBD) 03/04/2013
David Lewis in a conversation with CSAS Associate Director, Sanchita Saxena on why Bangladesh has been unwisely neglected in the Western imagination compared with India and Pakistan.
Gurinder Singh Mann, Kundan Kaur Kapany Chair in Sikh Studies, Dept. of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara on the history of Sikhism in the US.
Rohini Nilekani, Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam, a foundation she set up with a private endowment, discusses water and sanitation related issues in India.
Talk by Dr. Kumkum Roy, Professor of Premodern Indian History at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Sri Lankan-American author, Nayomi Munaweera reads from her new book, "Island of a Thousand Mirrors," a book that follows the fate of two families, one Tamil, one Sinhala as they straddle opposite sides of the long and brutal civil war. Narrated by the eldest daughter of each family, the story explores how each woman negotiates war, migration, love, exile, and belonging. At its root, it’s a story of a fragmented nation struggling to find its way to a new beginning.
Una's Lecturer Vikram Seth in conversation with UC Berkeley faculty panelists Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology, South and Southeast Asian Studies), Davitt Moroney (Music), Harsha Ram (Slavic Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature), Ananya Roy (City and Regional Planning, Global Poverty and Practice), and Mary Ann Smart (Music). Moderated by Alan Tansman (Director of the Townsend Center).
Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay's talk tries to apply Callon’s theory in early colonial India where the economy took shape mainly through the intervention of British political economy.
Dastangoi is the once thriving art of Urdu storytelling in North India. It has recently regained critical acclaim due to the work of distinguished scholar, filmmaker, and performance artist, Mahmood Farooqui. This was a unique opportunity to see a traditional art form in a modern guise.
Pankaj Mishra discusses his latest work, "From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia."
Stanford professors, Shahzad Bashir and Robert Crews, discuss their latest publication, a book that investigates real people on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and analyzes the political, social, and economic forces that shape their lives.
Aruna Roy, famous political and social activist from India best known as a prominent leader of the Right to Information movement, delivers our second "Maharaj Kaul Memorial Lecture," a lecture series on the theme of social justice.
Srikanth Nadhamuni, head of Tech at India's Aadhaar or ID project on the technological challenges behind the largest biometric national ID project.
Talk by Dr. S Y Quraishi, former chief election commissioner of India, on Indian elections.
Book reading event with Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing, a non-fiction work based on five years of research in the secretive world of Bombay's dance bars.
Talk by Michael Levien, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Sociology, on the attempts of state governments to forcibly acquire increasing amounts of land from farmers for Special Economic Zones, factories, real estate projects, and increasingly privatized infrastructure and the resulting widespread farmer resistance.
Talk by Vasudha Dalmia, Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Hindi and Modern South Asian Studies
Daisy Rockwell discussing her work and her most recent publication "The Little Book of Terror," with professor of English at Cal, Gautam Premnath.
Talk by Prithvi Shobhi on the sources of violence and its consequences - both social as well as aesthetic - in the 12th and 13th century Deccan.
The 2012 Indo-American Community Lecture by Amita Baviskar
Talk by the Honorable Riffat Masood, Consul General of Pakistan
Talk by Dr. Samia Altaf, a public health physician and author of “So Much Aid, So Little Development: Stories From Pakistan.” published by Woodrow Wilson Center and Johns Hopkins University Press.
Ajay Gehlawat examines the evolving representations of whiteness in Bollywood film through an exploration of the figure of the gori, or white woman.
Celebrated author William Dalrymple reads from his award-winning book The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857, accompanied by North Indian vocalist Vidya Shah.
Pakistani journalist, Zahid Hussain on issues most seriously affecting the Afghan endgame, such as militant sanctuaries in Pakistani tribal areas; the stubborn rivalry between India and Pakistan; and the continuing stalemate between Kabul and Islamabad
Historian, David Gilmartin examines the role of the vast colonial transformations in the Indus basin's irrigation works on the structures of Muslim politics and Muslim ideas that influenced the Pakistan movement in the region (particularly in the Punjab)
A talk by Ambassador Rao, the current Ambassador of India to the United States of America. Text of speech may be viewed here.
Dr. Ashok Gadgil discusses a technology invented in his lab for removing naturally occurring arsenic in ground water in South Asia and thereby making it safe for drinking.
Talk by Nosheen Ali on the role of poetry in articulating the meaning of nation and citizenship in the border region of Gilgit-Baltistan, in Northern Pakistan/Kashmir.
Munis Faruqui, Assistant Professor at the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, on the Mughal scholar-prince, Dara Shukoh, his search for Truth in the Upanishads, and how this may have implicated his persona as a Mughal prince angling for the imperial throne.
Talk by Tapan Parikh, Assistant Professor at the School of Information, UC Berkeley on designing accessible information systems serving the needs of poor, indigenous, remote and otherwise marginalized communities in the developing and developed world.
A reading by Amitav Ghosh from the second book in his Ibis Trilogy
Talk by Ambassador Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States
Naiza Khan on the contemporary Pakistani art scene
A talk assessing counterinsurgency campaigns in Mizoram and Chhattisgarh to tease out differential political treatment of these two tribal regions, based on how the state remembers or even constructs tribal groups in both regions.
A celebration of the great Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary. Featuring his daughter, renowned scholar and artist, Salima Hashmi. The event included a discussion on Faiz and his influence on poetry and art, recitation of Faiz' poetry, and performance of Faiz' ghazals.
The inaugural "Maharaj Kaul Memorial Lecture," a lecture series on the theme of social justice, delivered by the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award winner, Palagummi Sainath.
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