Saturday, October 26, 2019 Award-Winning Documentary “Reason” With Director Anand Patwardhan
Bartos Theatre MIT, 9:30 am film start – 12:30 – 1:30pm lunch 1:30pm panel A conversation with film director Anand Patwardhan & Professor Sana Aiyar, History, MIT Professor Amartya Sen, Economics & Philosophy, Harvard
Since late August more than half a million people belonging to a minority group have left their homes in western Myanmar, (Burma) in what the UN describes as “a textbook case of ethnic cleansing”.
The panel members have all undertaken extensive research on the ground in western Myanmar, and will explore what factors have motivated the violence, and why there appears to be mass support among the Myanmar public for the military’s campaign against the Rohingya.
Mon, November 20, 2017 05:00pm – 06:30pm CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010 1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138
PANELISTS: FRANCIS WADE Journalist and author of “Myanmar’s Enemy Within Buddhist Violence And The Making Of A Muslim ‘Other’” KYAW HSAN HLAING Founder and Executive Director of the Peace and Development Initiative (Kintha) in Rakhine State, Burma. MOHAMMAD MUSTAK ARIF Founder of the Rohingya Society of Greater Nashua (RSGN). MODERATOR: KATE CRONIN-FURMAN Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.
Co-sponsored by Asia Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute.
Association for India’s Development – MIT, Boston & Metro west Chapters and the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia
Inequality and Agrarian Crisis in Rural India
A talk by P. Sainath
Thursday, September 28th, 7:00pm MIT #6-120 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA 02139
(Walkable from Kendall and Central T-stops)
P.Sainath, the winner of the 2007 Magsaysay Award and former Rural affairs editor of The Hindu is here to talk about the agrarian crisis and the growing inequality in India. He was the first Indian to win the Magsaysay in that category in nearly 25 years (after R.K. Laxman). He was also the first reporter in the world to win Amnesty International’s Global Human Rights Journalism Prize in its inaugural year in 2000. Sainath’s work includes a series on the devastation of Indian agriculture by anti-farmer policies this past decade, which runs in The Hindu. Consisting of detailed reports from the households of landless laborers and marginal farmers across the country, the series has set the agenda for investigative rural reporting.
One of his hallmark projects, the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) was launched on Dec. 20, 2014. The PARI website is aimed at recording the everyday lives of everyday people; it hosts the video, still photos, audio, and text articles. The website is not-for-profit and free to view; techies, lawyers, and accountants – are volunteers. The website hopes to grow by all the contributors – journalists, writers, film-makers, editors, translators, public participation. Anybody can send pictures, text articles, photo stories, films – as long as they fit PARI’s mandate – ‘the everyday lives of everyday people’. You can read up more about the website here: PARI