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The Mittal Institute, Harvard University

The Mittal Institute, Harvard University

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The Mittal Institute, Harvard University

The Mittal Institute, Harvard University

The Mittal Institute, Harvard University

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The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University (The Mittal Institute) engages in interdisciplinary research to advance and deepen the understanding of critical issues of South Asia and its relationship to the world.You can also find our podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher and RadioPublic.

Latest Episodes

Boosting STEM Education With the Soft Robotics Toolkit

We recently sat down with Alex Beaudette, Sapna Shah, and Ankur Goel: three members of Professor Conor Walsh’s research team who are working on the research and development of the Soft Robotics Toolkit. This project has grown out of research conducted at Harvard University, University College Dublin, and Trinity College Dublin to become a comprehensive resource that will teach students how to design, fabricate, model, and test their own soft robotic devices — eventually making its way to Indian classrooms. This month, the team was in Delhi to conduct workshops with a group of educators and students, testing the kit with its main audience to inform continued development of its parts and instructions.

13 MIN2019 NOV 1
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Boosting STEM Education With the Soft Robotics Toolkit

Raj Rewal and the Timeless Rasa

In case you missed it: Raj Rewal and Rahul Mehrotra recently stopped by the Mittal Institute to discuss Rewal's past architectural work in India and around the world. This podcast — an excerpt from their discussion — delves into the theme of the "Timeless Rasa."

32 MIN2019 OCT 18
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Raj Rewal and the Timeless Rasa

Voting for Strongmen: Nationalist and Populist Leadership in Brazil and India

Around the world, numerous nations have witnessed a resurgence of strongman politics — and with it, many governments have bypassed democratic norms and embraced populist ideals. Focusing on President Bolsonaro of Brazil and Prime Minister Modi of India, Professors Patrick Heller, Bruno Carvalho, and Rachel Brulé discuss what nationalist and populist leadership means for Brazil, India, and the global political system at large.

49 MIN2019 OCT 11
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Voting for Strongmen: Nationalist and Populist Leadership in Brazil and India

Satchit Balsari & Rahul Matthan: The Digitization of Healthcare in India

Who will benefit from big health data in India? And who will be harmed? Whom will the data leave behind? We're at an extraordinarily important time in India where digital health is concerned, and given the infrastructure, internet connectivity, and the sheer number of computer and data scientists available, India is positioned to change the way healthcare delivery has been imagined anywhere in the world. In this podcast, Dr. Satchit Balsari, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Fellow at Harvard FXB, and Rahul Matthan, Partner with Trilegal in India, discuss the digitization of the health ecosystem in India.

63 MIN2019 OCT 3
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Satchit Balsari & Rahul Matthan: The Digitization of Healthcare in India

Hinduism In Nepal: The Newar Ritual Calendar with Gautama Vajracharya

Our latest podcast on Hinduism in Nepal features Gautama Vajracharya from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in a lecture on the ceremonial purposes of the lunar calendar, entitled “Newar Ritual Calendar —New Methodology, New Discovery.”

56 MIN2019 AUG 7
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Hinduism In Nepal: The Newar Ritual Calendar with Gautama Vajracharya

Hinduism In Nepal: The Meaning of the Meaninglessness of Rituals with Axel Michaels

Over 80% of Nepal's population identifies as Hindu — a religion that been practiced in the nation for hundreds of years. In this podcast, Axel Michaels from Heidelberg University gives a fascinating lecture on Hindu ritual in Nepal, entitled "The Meaning of the Meaninglessness of Rituals."

43 MIN2019 JUL 10
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Hinduism In Nepal: The Meaning of the Meaninglessness of Rituals with Axel Michaels

Art in South Asia: Sneha Shrestha

We sat down with Sneha Shrestha, Arts Program Manager at the Mittal Institute, to learn more about the meaning behind her Nepali-inspired work, the most exciting art piece she's ever worked on, and the Visiting Artist Fellowship, which brings artists from South Asia to the Mittal Institute to perform research and utilize Harvard's resources. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Visiting Artist Fellowships is July 1, 2019! Click here to learn more and apply: http://bit.ly/MittalArtistFellowship See more of Sneha's amazing work on her Instagram: @Imagine876

11 MIN2019 JUN 13
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Art in South Asia: Sneha Shrestha

Mahindra Lecture 2018/19 - Devaki Jain

Devaki Jain is an Indian economist and writer, whose long and distinguished career has been dedicated to the economic empowerment of women. Here, introduced by Harvard Professors Tarun Khanna and Diana Eck, Devaki Jain delivers the 2018/19 Mahindra Lecture, an annual event in honor of the late Harish C. Mahindra, a distinguished alumnus of Harvard College and a visionary leader of business and industry in India.

38 MIN2019 MAY 1
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Mahindra Lecture 2018/19 - Devaki Jain

From Lahore With Love: Ali Sethi

Pakistani musician and author Ali Sethi, AB '06, returned to Harvard to talk to his longtime friend and mentor Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim Religion and Cultures, about sufi poetry, his own artistic journey and life as a perpetual student of the arts, and his days as a Harvard undergraduate.

69 MIN2018 NOV 28
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From Lahore With Love: Ali Sethi

How Scientists And Economists Get Things Done (And Save Lives)

In the last episode, we heard a rousing talk by UC Berkeley's Professor Ashok Gadgil, from the Mittal Institute’s annual symposium in May, 2018. Here’s the subsequent, fascinating conversation between Professor Gadgil, Professor Tarun Khanna (Director, The Mittal Institute; Harvard Business School)and Professor Asim Khwaja (Harvard Kennedy School) - they talk about how difficult it is to solve large-scale life or death problems, even with great resources, and the kinds of things you have to do in order to get things done.

36 MIN2018 MAY 17
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How Scientists And Economists Get Things Done (And Save Lives)

Latest Episodes

Boosting STEM Education With the Soft Robotics Toolkit

We recently sat down with Alex Beaudette, Sapna Shah, and Ankur Goel: three members of Professor Conor Walsh’s research team who are working on the research and development of the Soft Robotics Toolkit. This project has grown out of research conducted at Harvard University, University College Dublin, and Trinity College Dublin to become a comprehensive resource that will teach students how to design, fabricate, model, and test their own soft robotic devices — eventually making its way to Indian classrooms. This month, the team was in Delhi to conduct workshops with a group of educators and students, testing the kit with its main audience to inform continued development of its parts and instructions.

13 MIN2019 NOV 1
Comments
Boosting STEM Education With the Soft Robotics Toolkit

Raj Rewal and the Timeless Rasa

In case you missed it: Raj Rewal and Rahul Mehrotra recently stopped by the Mittal Institute to discuss Rewal's past architectural work in India and around the world. This podcast — an excerpt from their discussion — delves into the theme of the "Timeless Rasa."

32 MIN2019 OCT 18
Comments
Raj Rewal and the Timeless Rasa

Voting for Strongmen: Nationalist and Populist Leadership in Brazil and India

Around the world, numerous nations have witnessed a resurgence of strongman politics — and with it, many governments have bypassed democratic norms and embraced populist ideals. Focusing on President Bolsonaro of Brazil and Prime Minister Modi of India, Professors Patrick Heller, Bruno Carvalho, and Rachel Brulé discuss what nationalist and populist leadership means for Brazil, India, and the global political system at large.

49 MIN2019 OCT 11
Comments
Voting for Strongmen: Nationalist and Populist Leadership in Brazil and India

Satchit Balsari & Rahul Matthan: The Digitization of Healthcare in India

Who will benefit from big health data in India? And who will be harmed? Whom will the data leave behind? We're at an extraordinarily important time in India where digital health is concerned, and given the infrastructure, internet connectivity, and the sheer number of computer and data scientists available, India is positioned to change the way healthcare delivery has been imagined anywhere in the world. In this podcast, Dr. Satchit Balsari, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Fellow at Harvard FXB, and Rahul Matthan, Partner with Trilegal in India, discuss the digitization of the health ecosystem in India.

63 MIN2019 OCT 3
Comments
Satchit Balsari & Rahul Matthan: The Digitization of Healthcare in India

Hinduism In Nepal: The Newar Ritual Calendar with Gautama Vajracharya

Our latest podcast on Hinduism in Nepal features Gautama Vajracharya from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in a lecture on the ceremonial purposes of the lunar calendar, entitled “Newar Ritual Calendar —New Methodology, New Discovery.”

56 MIN2019 AUG 7
Comments
Hinduism In Nepal: The Newar Ritual Calendar with Gautama Vajracharya

Hinduism In Nepal: The Meaning of the Meaninglessness of Rituals with Axel Michaels

Over 80% of Nepal's population identifies as Hindu — a religion that been practiced in the nation for hundreds of years. In this podcast, Axel Michaels from Heidelberg University gives a fascinating lecture on Hindu ritual in Nepal, entitled "The Meaning of the Meaninglessness of Rituals."

43 MIN2019 JUL 10
Comments
Hinduism In Nepal: The Meaning of the Meaninglessness of Rituals with Axel Michaels

Art in South Asia: Sneha Shrestha

We sat down with Sneha Shrestha, Arts Program Manager at the Mittal Institute, to learn more about the meaning behind her Nepali-inspired work, the most exciting art piece she's ever worked on, and the Visiting Artist Fellowship, which brings artists from South Asia to the Mittal Institute to perform research and utilize Harvard's resources. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Visiting Artist Fellowships is July 1, 2019! Click here to learn more and apply: http://bit.ly/MittalArtistFellowship See more of Sneha's amazing work on her Instagram: @Imagine876

11 MIN2019 JUN 13
Comments
Art in South Asia: Sneha Shrestha

Mahindra Lecture 2018/19 - Devaki Jain

Devaki Jain is an Indian economist and writer, whose long and distinguished career has been dedicated to the economic empowerment of women. Here, introduced by Harvard Professors Tarun Khanna and Diana Eck, Devaki Jain delivers the 2018/19 Mahindra Lecture, an annual event in honor of the late Harish C. Mahindra, a distinguished alumnus of Harvard College and a visionary leader of business and industry in India.

38 MIN2019 MAY 1
Comments
Mahindra Lecture 2018/19 - Devaki Jain

From Lahore With Love: Ali Sethi

Pakistani musician and author Ali Sethi, AB '06, returned to Harvard to talk to his longtime friend and mentor Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim Religion and Cultures, about sufi poetry, his own artistic journey and life as a perpetual student of the arts, and his days as a Harvard undergraduate.

69 MIN2018 NOV 28
Comments
From Lahore With Love: Ali Sethi

How Scientists And Economists Get Things Done (And Save Lives)

In the last episode, we heard a rousing talk by UC Berkeley's Professor Ashok Gadgil, from the Mittal Institute’s annual symposium in May, 2018. Here’s the subsequent, fascinating conversation between Professor Gadgil, Professor Tarun Khanna (Director, The Mittal Institute; Harvard Business School)and Professor Asim Khwaja (Harvard Kennedy School) - they talk about how difficult it is to solve large-scale life or death problems, even with great resources, and the kinds of things you have to do in order to get things done.

36 MIN2018 MAY 17
Comments
How Scientists And Economists Get Things Done (And Save Lives)
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