Sabina Rashid on her Chowdhury Center Visit

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I was very excited and privileged to be invited by the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley in October 2018. My plan was to undertake some writing during my time at Berkeley, but I was unprepared for what was a truly transformative experience. My research writing was greatly enriched by the accessible well-resourced libraries, and it was a luxury for me to spend hours immersing myself in anthropology and health literature. A kind and supportive librarian Adnan Malik in the South Asia section made the navigation through this maze much easier. I had access to thousands of books and journals, which are not readily available in Bangladesh. Having my mind engaged again in critical thinking, I greedily read as much as I could within this period of four weeks. Professor Nancy-Scheper Hughes and Professor Lawrence Cohen at UC Berkeley have influenced and informed my thinking and research in Bangladesh, and the ease with which I was able to meet two globally acclaimed academics was very rewarding and intellectually stimulating. I was provided with the incredible opportunity to reach out and discuss in person aspects of my writing and they kindly offered to read additional chapters I write in 2019. The warmth, hospitality and support extended by the Center family - Sanchita, Puneeta and Margaux was outstanding and made my entire experience and time away from home wonderful. I returned to Dhaka exhilarated and determined to continue my writing. As an academic who lives and works in Bangladesh, the generous endowment by Subir and Malini Chowdhury provided a space for me and the opportunity to access resources, think critically and write, and engage with eminent scholars at the global level. For academics coming from low income countries this is an opportunity of a lifetime, and will contribute to better academic outputs and research and ultimately improve the quality of our teaching in Bangladesh. Thank you again Chowdhury Center ! I hope to be back in the future.

Dr. Sabina Rashid's Chowdhury Center lecture may be viewed below:

Sabina Rashid | The Invisible Reality of ‘Chinthar Roge’ (A Life of Chronic Worry): The Illness of Poverty in Dhaka’s Urban Slum Settlements
Lecture | September 25 | 12-2 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center
Institute for South Asia Studies
UC Berkeley
10 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA  94720-2310

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