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Book Launch and Discussion | Hope Over Fate

  5 - 7 p.m.
  Heyns Room Faculty Club

Scott MacMillan
Sanchita B. Saxena
Long Le
Isha Ray
Elora Shehabuddin

A 2-day event celebrating the release of Hope Over Fate: Fazle Hasan Abed and the Science of Ending Global Poverty, a new biography of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed by Scott MacMillan, Director of Learning and Innovation for BRAC USA.

SESSION 1 @ UC Berkeley
Tue, Nov 15, 2022 | 5-7 pm | Faculty Club, UC Berkeley | Reserve your seat HERE

Author Scott MacMillan (Director of Learning and Innovation for BRAC USA) in conversation with Professor Isha Ray (Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley), Professor Elora Shehabuddin (Gender & Women's Studies and Global Studies, UC Berkeley), and Professor Long Le (Management Studies, Santa Clara University). Event moderated by Dr. Sanchita B. Saxena (Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, UC Berkeley).

The event will include the launch of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Research Award. Established with the generous support of the US Bangabandhu Parishad, California this new award that will allow us to bring one or two graduate students or early career faculty members each year from accredited institutions in the United States and in Europe to share their research on Bangabandhu and/or Bangladesh with the UC Berkeley community.

SESSION 2 @ Santa Clara University
Wed, Nov 16, 2022 | 1-2:30 pm | Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University | Reserve your seat HERE

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship's Executive Director Brigit Helms in conversation with author Scott MacMillan, director of learning and innovation at BRAC USA and respondents Professor Leslie Gray and Professor Long S. Le .

About the Book
Hope Over Fate is the biography of Fazle Hasan Abed, but it’s also the biography of an idea—the idea that hope itself has the power to overcome poverty. “For too long, people thought poverty was something ordained by a higher power, as immutable as the sun and the moon,” Abed wrote in 2018. His life’s mission was to put that myth to rest. This is the story of a man who lived a life of complexity, blemishes and all, driven by the conviction that in the dominion of human lives, hope will ultimately triumph over fate.

Speaker Bios
Scott MacMillan works as Director of Learning and Innovation for BRAC USA, where he manages BRAC USA’s portfolio of research grants along with other special projects. A former journalist, he served as the speechwriter of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of BRAC, prior to Abed’s death in 2019. He is the author of Hope Over Fate: Fazle Hasan Abed and the Science of Ending Global Poverty (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022).

Long S. Le is a lecturer in management and director of the International Business Minor at the Leavey School of Business. His primary teaching area is a global business with interests in design thinking, global citizenship, social entrepreneurship, and spiritual leadership. His research interests include microfinance, Jesuit business education, global Asian migration diasporas, the political economy of development in frontier markets, and state-owned enterprises in Asia. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of Management, Religion & Spirituality, Far Eastern Economic Review, Journal of Islamic Finance, Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Education About Asia, Harvard Asia Quarterly, Harvard Asian American Policy Review, and Global Asia: A Journal of the East Foundation. He is also a practitioner of microfinance in which he and his students founded Zero Interest Microfinance Bank — providing zero-interest lending and business education to small and medium-sized enterprises around the world. He has been recognized and awarded for leadership, service, and commitment to international education and service-learning. Prior to Santa Clara University, Long Le was a clinical professor and director of international initiatives for Global Studies at the C.T. Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston. He also had been a Visiting Researcher at the International Islamic University of Malaysia and a Research Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong. He received his B.A. from the University of Delaware, and his Ph.D. from the University of Houston.

Isha Ray is a Professor at the Energy and Resources Group. She has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University. She also serves as the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion at the Rausser College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley. Dr. Ray’s research interests are water and development; sanitation and development; and technology and society. Her research projects focus on access to safe and affordable water and sanitation for the rural and urban poor, and on the roles of technology in advancing (or hindering) sustainable development and social equity. She teaches courses on Social Science Research Methods, Water and Development, and Community-Driven Development. She and her students have worked with low-income communities on access to water, sanitation, energy, and information technologies in India, China, Turkey, Mexico, Tanzania and California’s Central Valley. Dr. Ray served on the Editorial Committee of the Annual Review of Environment and Resources from 2003 to 2013, is currently a reviewer for 15 peer-reviewed journals, and frequently serves as an Expert Group adviser to UN Women and UNESCO.

Ethan Ligon is an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. He has conducted studies on vulnerability, risk sharing, agricultural contracts and intra-household allocation in Ecuador, Paraguay, the Phillipines, and China.

Elora Shehabuddin is Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Global Studies at UC Berkeley. She is the author of Sisters in the Mirror: A History of Muslim Women and the Global Politics of Feminism (University of California Press, 2021), Reshaping the Holy: Democracy, Development, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh (Columbia University Press, 2008), and Empowering Rural Women: The Impact of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh (Grameen Bank, 1992). She has published articles in Meridians, Signs, Journal of Women's History, History of the Present, Economic & Political Weekly, Modern Asian Studies, Südasien-Chronik [South Asia Chronicle], Journal of Bangladesh Studies, and Asian Survey, as well as chapters in numerous edited volumes. She was a guest co-editor of a special issue of Feminist Economics on “Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities.” She currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Bangladesh Studies and a new Cambridge University Press book series titled "Muslim South Asia." She is Associate Editor (Central and South Asia) of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.

Established in 2013 with a generous gift from the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Foundation, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladesh’s cultures, peoples and history. The first of its kind in the US, the Center’s mission is to create an innovative model combining research, scholarships, the promotion of art and culture, and the building of ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the University of California.

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Event is FREE and OPEN to the public.