South Asia Initiative Events

Fall Quarter 2018


Thu, Sep 27, 2018: SAI Mixer
5 pm, SSB 269 (Spiro Library).
SAI Mixer, September 27, 2019.



Wed, Oct 3, 2018: Lecture Demonstration by Sangita Kalanidhi Dr Trichy Sankaran (Professor Emeritus, Department of Music, York University), Theory and Practice – Music of South India.
Co-sponsored by IFAASD
7 pm, Atkinson Hall.



Thu, Oct 11, 2018: Emilia Huerta-Sanchez (Brown University), Archaic admixture facilitates adaptation in humans.
Co-sponsored by BISB and IGM.
12 – 1 pm, Leichtag 107



Mon, Oct 22, 2018: Brown bag discussion with Tarun Jain (Indian School of Business), Reshaping Adolescents’ Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India.
Cosponsored by Center for Gender Equity and Health.
12 – 1:30 pm, Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Building 1186.
Refreshments will be provided, but bring your own lunch.




Thu, Nov 1, 2018: Dallas Swendeman (UCLA), Empowerment among Sex Workers in West Bengal:  Stories from 15 Years of Mixed-Methods Research Collaborations with Durbar, a W.H.O. Model Program for HIV/STI Prevention and Community Development.
Co-sponsored by Dept of Anthropology, Global Health Program (GHP), Center on Gender Equity & Health (GEH)/School of Medicine, and the University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) Women’s Health, Gender & Empowerment.
4 pm, SSB 107.

Abstract: In 1991, the W.H.O. funded a rapid appraisal and HIV prevention program in the Sonagachi red light area of Kolkata. In 1995, a process of community leadership and ownership was initiated with the establishment of the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (transl. Unstoppable Equal Women’s Committee) and its’ USHA Multi-Purpose Banking Cooperative (now the largest micro-banking cooperative in South Asia).  This enabled “Durbar” to evolve into a “community-led structural intervention” that responds to priorities of sex workers and their families, such as economic security, education, human and workers’ rights, stigma and discrimination, police other power-broker abuses, and human trafficking, in conjunction with HIV/STI prevention efforts.  Durbar has scaled up to over 60,000 sex workers and their families at 60+sites in West Bengal and served as a model for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded scale-up of HIV prevention in India, Project Avahan. This talk will highlight Durbar’s evolution, components and underlying functioning, and successes and challenges from over 15 years of mixed-methods research and training collaborations.


Thu, Nov 15, 2018: Jyoti Mishra (UCSD Psychiatry), Scaling Digital Mental Health for Indian Children.
4 pm, SEQ 103.

Abstract: Neuroscience has informed us how our brains optimally process information and take action to meet our goals. In this talk, Dr. Mishra will describe her research in developing digital technologies that translate this neuroscientific knowledge to serve Indian children with mental disorders. Her studies have been the first to understand how digital mental health tools benefit children in a global setting, and have focused on urban children with clinical disorders such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) as well as abandoned children with traumatic early life experiences. These studies also highlight successful collaboration between our academic institutions with hospitals and non-profit organizations in India, and enhance translational research capacity across the domains of neuroscience, cognitive science, technology and mental health.



Tue, Dec 4, 2018: Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale), Social Norms around Toilet Use in Bangladesh.
3:30 pm, GPS 3106.
Co-sponsored by Economics.



Other UCSD Events



Mon, Oct 29, 2018: Saiba Varma (Anthropology, UCSD) on The Shock Network: The Politics of Care in Occupied Kashmir.
4-5:30 pm, HSS 3027 (Reception from 4 pm)
Science Studies Colloquium Series.





Fri, Oct 12: Sri Lanka themed Friday Café.
There will be  presentations on Sri Lanka from UCSD cultural ambassadors with ties to the country, including SAI grad student Ruvani Fonseka.
12-1:15 pm, Great Hall.
UC San Diego International House
Lunch – 5$ per person
More information here:

Oct 3, 2018
: Secretary of the Indian Department of Telecommunications and Pacific Leadership Fellow Aruna Sundarajan (India Telecom Secretary), Digital India: Opportunities and Challenges
5 – 6:30 pm, The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion.
Organized by Center on Global Transformation, GPS.
Free Registration here:


Tue, Aug 28: Dr. Laishram Ladu Singh (IIPS), NFHS Survey: Designing and Executing a Nation-Wide Public Health Survey for India.
12-1:30 pm, Sciences Building 1186, Skagg Pharmaceutical
Brown Bag Lunchtime discussion, GEH/School of Medicine.