India Symposium, May 10, 2013, Register

Friday, May 10, 2013

Metcalf Trustee Center, 9th Floor, One Silber Way


8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

in lounge

Posters on India Projects

by BU faculty and students

India @ BU: a Gotlieb Archives Exhibit

in Portrait Gallery

View correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs from important India-related collections held by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at BU. Explore ancient palm leaf manuscripts from South India, and letters from Mahatma Gandhi to missionary Welthy Fisher. Also on view are letters to literary critic and poet Amiya Chakravarty from Robert Frost and Albert Einstein; manuscripts by novelist R.K. Narayan; and letters from E.M. Forster to travel writer and playwright Santha Rama Rau regarding Rau’s dramatic adaption of Forster’s A Passage to India.

Cross-Pollination: Global References in Art Exhibit

“Cross-Pollination” of Indian, American, and European cultures, by two graphic design graduate students at BU College of Fine Arts, creates forms and evocative images that narrate and explore their past and personal roots.

9:30 a.m.–9:40 a.m.

Welcome Remarks: Robert A. Brown

President, Boston University

9:40 a.m.–9:50 a.m.

BU-India: The Right Moment

A short video introduced by Deepti Nijhawan, Director, India Initiatives

9:55 a.m.–10:20 a.m.

Keynote Address: India-US Knowledge Partnership

Her Excellency Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India to the United States

spacer10:20 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Global Health and Engineering

India has been emerging as the world’s largest democracy and a major economic power. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, total expenditure on health per capita is around 140USD or less than 2 percent of that in the USA. Improving health care in India is a complex problem requiring not only detailed understanding of the society and the economy but also innovation. The panel brings together experts and practitioners in public and international health, health care delivery, and engineering innovations developing tools to improve the quality of life, education, and the practice of medicine in the developing world.


Jonathon Simon, Robert A. Knox Professor, Chair, International Health, Director, Center for Global Health & Development
Muhammad Zaman, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Somashekhar M Nimbalkar, Consultant Neonatologist, Shree Krishna Hospital. Professor of Pediatrics and Joint Head of Critical Care, Pramukhswami Medical College
Selim Unlu, (moderator), Professor, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Electrical & Computer Engineering
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Workshop: The Global Job Search

(In Kenmore Room, for BU students only)

11:30 a.m.–noon

Keynote Address: The United States and India: A Partnership for the Next Generation

Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary, South and Central Asia, US Department of State

Noon–1 p.m.


1 p.m.–1:55 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Key Traits Required of the Next Generation of Global Technology Leaders

Introducing the panel is Peter Russo, Executive in Residence/Senior Lecturer/ Faculty Director, Entrepreneurship Programs-ITEC/Faculty Director, Executive MBA, Strategy and Innovation
Kanwal Rekhi, Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners
Jit Saxena, former CEO, Netezza
Anand Sudarshan, Sylvant Advisors, former CEO, Manipal Education and Global Services
N. Venkatraman, (moderator), David J. McGrath, Jr. Professor in Management & Information Systems at Boston University
2 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

Panel discussion: Literary Traditions from India: Scripture. Court. Folk.

India is home to a complex set of regional cultures that equally value the oral and the written, the modern and the traditional. Yet, at the same time, such dichotomies break down on the ground, where we notice modernity interacting with tradition, rather than displacing it. This is the case, for example, with aesthetic traditions, within which the oral borrows from the written and vice versa. The panel brings together a variety of expressive forms that evolved both in royal courts and local villages to create a pan-Indian aesthetic system that continues to flourish today, not only in the parlor but also on the streets.

Emily Hudson, Assistant Professor of Religion, Boston University. On her book Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata.

Frank Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology, Boston University. On his book Anthropology of Performance.

Parimal Patil, (moderator), Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University. Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies.

Sunil Sharma, Associate Professor of Persianate & Comparative Literature, Boston University. On his book Amir Khusraw: Poet of Sultans and Sufis.

2:50 p.m.–3 p.m.

India Essay Prize Award & Closing Remarks: Willis G. Wang

Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs, Boston University
3 p.m.

Program Concludes