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March 27, 2020

Growing up in a house composed of doctors and public health professionals, I am no stranger to dinner conversations quickly turning to blood, mucus and infectious diseases. In high population countries like Bangladesh, health systems are constantly overwhelmed; WHO estimates the doctor-patient ratio to be 3.05 physicians for every 10,000 people.

February 14, 2020

crowd of people walking down a streetIn an age of dog-whistle scaremongering, a Union minister alleged on February 9 that, “half of Bangladesh will come to India if citizenship is offered.” But no crystal ball prediction could be more deluded. This year Bangladesh’s economic growth rate has surpassed India.

February 7, 2020

Beyond the Crisis Narrative:
Rohingya Statelessness and its implications for Bangladesh

Friday, February 7, 2020
UC Berkeley

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Welcome Remarks

SANCHITA SAXENA, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, UC Berkeley
RICK SPEES, Executive Director, CAORC

January 1, 2020

December 27, 2019

The United Nations general assembly has approved a resolution condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention.

The 193-member body voted 134-9 with 28 abstentions on Friday in favour of the resolution, which also calls on Myanmar’s government to take urgent measures to combat incitement of hatred against the Rohingya and other minorities in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states.

General assembly resolutions are not legally binding but do reflect world opinion.

November 9, 2019

The Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2019
Shahidul Alam | The Challenge of being a Journalist in Bangladesh Today
November 9, 2019 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium

November 5, 2019

New Directions in Bangladesh Studies: Recent Scholarship and New Publications
Panel Discussion | November 5 | 3-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

Opening Remarks

  • Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies
  • Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

October 21, 2019

Book Launch | Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza
October 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | NYU Stern School of Business

October 15, 2019

Ali Asgar (Tara) | In Between Lands and Territories: Love, Loss and Survival
Lecture | October 15 | 5-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

September 24, 2019

Rebecca Whittington | Tug-of-Ear: The Play of Dialect in Modern Bengali and Tamil Literature
Lecture | September 24 | 5-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

September 16, 2019

An Afternoon with Amitav Ghosh: A Conversation on Climate Change, Literature, and Art
Conversation | September 16 | 12-2 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

September 10, 2019

women protestingDolly Akhtar was only 16 when she started work in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, stitching clothing destined for shop floors in western countries thousands of miles away. She accepted the long hours and low pay, but what she wasn’t expecting was the sexual advances of her older, married line manager.

September 7, 2019

massive crowd of people protestingThe Bangladesh government should end restrictions on Rohingya refugees’ freedom of movement and access to the internet and online communications, Human Rights Watc

August 29, 2019

large crowd of students underneath a bannerBangladesh has made economic progress under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The country has maintained an impressive growth record of between 6–7.9 per cent over the past five years. The World Bank endorses the country as among the five fastest-growing economies in the world and forecasts economic growth as both strong and stable.

August 27, 2019

August 1, 2019

March 28, 2019

Play Based Learning in the Global South: A Chat with BRAC

Panel Discussion | March 28 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room

February 22, 2019

February 21, 2019

Arif Anwar | The Storm: A Novel

Lecture | February 21 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)