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Friday, March 3, 2017

Postponed to Fall 2017 (Date Tbd): Prof. Robert Thurman delivers the inaugural ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

Lecture | March 3 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  TBD | Canceled


Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Department of Religion, Columbia University; President, Tibet House U.S., President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies

Jake Dalton, Khyentse Professor and Chair, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Vedanta Society Berkeley, Center for Buddhist Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Townsend Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Theological Union Shingal Center for Dharma Studies, The Silk Road Initiative at UC Berkeley


A lecture by Prof. Robert A. F. Thurman, professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, and co-founder of Tibet House US, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Alliances In The Indo-Pacific: A Practitioner's Perspective

Lecture | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, Jr.

Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


Vice Adm. Robert Thomas graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the National War College.

As a career submarine officer, Thomas has served on fast-attack submarines operating in both U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Central Command theaters of operation. His assignments included USS...   More >


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Venkat Srinivasan | Thirteen Ways of Looking at Institutional History: Building Varying Digital Narratives from Interconnected Science Archives

Lecture | March 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Venkat Srinivasan, Visiting Researcher, National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India

Adnan Malik, Curator for South Asian Collections, UC Berkeley Library

Institute for South Asia Studies, South/Southeast Asia Library | UC Berkeley Library, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies


A talk about a digital science archive experiment that connects archival material, journalistic work, and scientific research.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Katherine Schofield | The Place of Pleasure: Music in Mughal Thought and Society, 1593–1707

Lecture | March 10 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)


Katherine Butler Schofield, Senior Lecturer in Music, King's College London

Munis Faruqui, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies, the University of California, Berkeley.

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative


A talk by Katherine Butler Schofield, cultural historian and ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on South Asia.



Celebrating International Women's Day: With talks by Former Executive Director of Acid Survivor's Foundation in Bangladesh, Monira Rahman and Former President and CEO of Ms. Foundation for Women, Anika Rahman

Panel Discussion: Chowdhury Center | March 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in location


Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Monira Rahman, Founder & Executive Director, Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation; Former Executive Director, Acid Survivors Foundation

Anika Rahman, Lawyer and Human Rights Activist

The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Bangladeshi Women's Empowerment Network of CA, Human Rights Center


A panel presentation on women's issues in Bangladesh

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rita Chattopadhyay | Women, Crime, and Retribution: An Ancient Indian Perspective

Lecture | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341 (DSSEAS Library)


Rita Chattopadhyay, Professor, Department of Sanskrit, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Robert P. Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Chair in South and Southeast Asian Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies


A talk by Dr. Rita Chattopadhyay, Professor in the Department of Sanskrit at Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Isha Ray and Robin Marsh | Adaptation and Recovery after the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes: A Smallholder Household Perspective

Presentation | March 16 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Isha Ray, Associate Professor, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley; Robin Marsh, Resident Researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and director of the Group in Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program


A presentation by UC Berkeley water specialist Professor Isha Ray and Dr. Robin Marsh, Resident Researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues on their recent work in Nepal.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Eye on South Asia: Challenges to Development and Democracy in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal

Panel Discussion: Chowdhury Center | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Seaborg Room


Sanchita Saxena, Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

Abdullah Ahmadzai, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Afghanistan

Hasan Mazumdar, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Bangladesh

Sagar Prasai, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, India

Sofia Shakil, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Pakistan

Dinesha de Silva, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Sri Lanka

George Varughese, The Asia Foundation Country Representative, Nepal

Institute for South Asia Studies, The Asia Foundation, The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Ethnic Studies Library, Berkeley Master of Development Practice, Center for Middle Eastern Studies


A panel discussion by panelists from The Asia Foundation on development and democracy in Asia.