Spotlights
See videos or read short summaries of our Fall 2015 events!

All ISAS events are video recorded and made available for viewing on our Videos & Podcasts page. On this page you will notice that some of the podcasts include a new feature - a short event summary written by Sridevi Prasad, ISAS Program & Publications Assistant. Events' that include a summary are marked by an asterisk in the title.

Sudha Murty, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, was recently on campus to deliver the fourth annual Sarah Kailath Memorial lecture. Read ISAS Program & Publication Assistant Sridevi Prasad's succinct summary of the event and view a recording of the lecture here>>

Commenting on the recent campus visit of Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Prof. Talwalker, interim director of the Global Poverty and Practice Minor says, "books like Boo’s can and do change the way we think about poverty, about w hat can alleviate it, and what “we” should do about it." Read the full article in The Berkeley Blog here >>

This was the central point that Munis D. Faruqui made during his talk on the topic ‘The Princes of the Mughal Empire’ on Aug 20, 2015 at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Pakistan. 

To read the full article click here >> 

Op-ed in the Globe and Mail, co-authored by Sanchita Saxena, Chowdhury Center Director and Sarah Labowitz of NYU's Stern Center for Business and Human Rights on the failure of prevailing model for addressing poor working conditions in the apparel supply chain. To read more click here >>

Students, staff, faculty, and community at Berkeley were upset to learn of the devastating earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, and surrounding towns and villages. We are writing our colleagues in Nepal to learn we as a community may support disaster relief and recovery. If you would like to offer any support then please click here >>

Three UC Berkeley faculty have been awarded John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships for 2015. This year’s fellows, who were chosen from more than 3,100 applicants in the U S and Canada, include 13 scholars from seven UC campuses.  Read more about the three UC Berkeley fellows here >>

We are delighted to announce that George Hart has just been awarded the Padma Shri, among the highest honors given by the Government of India.

Read more about Professor Hart and Berkeley's Tamil program .

The development economist discussed the Modi government’s stance on subsidies and rural employment schemes (MGNREGS) in an interview for Live Mint by journalist Pramit Bhattacharya

We are very proud to report that in recognition of our work in making UC Berkeley a critical node for South Asian scholarship the U.S. Dept. of Ed. has renewed our NRC as well as FLAS awards for the next four years.

Read more about receipt of these two grants.

ISAS will collaborate on a $140,000 MacArthur Foundation grant awarded to the Institute of International Studies for "Pakistan: Beyond the Security State," a multi-year project that seeks to foster new ways of thinking about security and Pakistan.

Read more about the project.

India has a new prime minister: Narendra Modi. The Hindu nationalist was elected last week as India's next leader, winning by the widest margin in 30 years. The controversial leader has promised to revive an Indian economy plagued by high inflation and corruption. Listen to the interview.

We are very pleased to announce that our very own Munis Faruqui is one of the three faculty selected by the Committee on Teaching to receive the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award. The award ceremony will take place on April 23 at 5pm in the Zellerbach Playhouse, with a reception to follow in the Toll Room of the Alumni House. Read more about the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients .

Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation, a technology which binds arsenic using iron dissolved in water, developed by LBNL scientist, Dr. Ashok Gadgil to combat the insidious public health problem of arsenic contamination of groundwater in South Asia, could help save millions of lives in India and Bangladesh. Read more about the technology and its intended use.

Our newly launched Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies was recently highlighted by CSAS Executive Director, Sanchita Saxena in The Dhaka Tribune (ARTICLE) as well as in an interview on KPFA's Apex Express (INTERVIEW).

Want to read up before the upcoming talk on Media and Elections in India by Journalist, Kalpana Sharma and Political Scientist, Pradeep Chiibber? Click on the link below to see a list of their recent newspaper articles on current politics and elections in India.

Recent articles here.

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Foundation has made the single largest gift in the Center’s history, establishing three scholarships and the Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies.

Read more about this gift here.

We have some really wonderful news. We have just received a $3.1 million grant from the State Department to re-establish the former Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (BULPIP). Now we can once again start funding student travel for Urdu learning through immersion programs based in Pakistan.

For more on the application process and Berkeley's Urdu Initiative see here .

CSAS Chair, Lawrence Cohen comments on the two United States Supreme Court decisions of June 26, 2013 that ruled the Voting Rights Act out and rendered the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.

Read full article here.

CSAS is proud to announce the 2013 Sri Lankan Studies' awardees: Neal Malik wins the Outstanding Paper Prize. The Dissertation Research Award goes to Prashanth Kuganathan and Devaka Gunawardena. More here.

The 2013 Tata Summer Interns are Marissa A Harrison, Tanay Kothari, Souma Kundu, Sybil Lewis, Peter C Myers, Evan J Shum, Reshma E Varghese, Zhen Zhao. More here.