"This once-in-a-century pandemic crisis vividly makes the argument for the necessity of living a globally committed life. The very combination of global trends and rising anti-global sentiments makes the case even more urgent. Rather than discarding the term "global" just because it has become clichéd, we must breathe a new life into it with new, layered meanings--combining local, national and worldly realities. Precisely because 'globalists' are demonized and characterized in vague abstractions, we have to learn to make globality visible and palpable in our everyday life. "
- Dr. Vishakha N. Desai
Vishakha Desai discusses her new book “World As Family" with Columbia News, along with which books she’s currently immersed in, how she plans to spend her summer, and who she would like to entertain at a dinner party.
Vishakha N. Desai, author of “World as Family: A Journey of Multi-Rooted Belongings” and Senior Advisor for global affairs to the President of Columbia University, joined us live with details on the COVID-19 crisis in India.
Becoming Asian American:
What it means to celebrate Asian/Pacific Heritage month in a year of violence against Asian Americans
Asian and Pacific American Heritage (APAH) Month offers an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the multitudes of Asian history and culture.
Vishakha Desai, Senior advisor for Global Affairs, Columbia University joins E. W. Scripps to discuss the Biden administration's recent announcement of travel ban on India due to surge of India's Covid-19 cases
Vishakha Desai joins the hosts of Good Day L. A. at 12:30pm on Monday, May 3rd for a live TV Interview on the topics of Racism In America and what it means to be "American Enough."
The Indian coronavirus crisis is in the midst of its second wave as a new and more contagious variant has taken hold according to scientific experts, but should India be seen as a warning for other countries? - May 2, 2021
Vishakha Desai joins ABC 10 Sacramento for a live TV Interview at 9:30pm on Thursday, April 29 on the topic of the sudden rise of Covid-19 in India
Through her personal story, Dr. Vishakha N. Desai reframes the idea of what it means to be global, considering how to lead a life of multiple belongings without losing local and national affinities.
"I know from experience that family always implies the value of collective belonging without giving up a sense of individuality. Each family member makes an effort to help the others in moments of stress and plays a part in preserving the sanctity of the unit. It is a delicate dance, with each person pursuing his or her own rhythm but creating a choreography that works in tandem with other members. Because of its emotional underpinnings, when the family doesn’t work it can also be highly destructive. With the pandemic raging all around us, what we see is the harmful aspects of our dysfunctional global family."
Vishakha N. Desai uses her life experiences to explore the significance of living globally and its urgency for our current moment. She weaves her narrative arc from growing up in a Gandhian household in Ahmedabad to arriving in the United States as a seventeen-year-old exchange student and her subsequent career as a dancer, curator, institutional leader, and teacher against the broad sweep of political and social changes in the two countries she calls home.
The Committee on Global Thought was established by Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger in 2006 with the mission of enhancing the university’s engagement with issues of global importance. To understand the changing conditions of our contemporary world, we require new concepts and categories that pertain to and are derived from global phenomena as they are rapidly evolving.
OneShared.World began during the early days of the pandemic, when hundreds of people from around the world came together to draft the Declaration of Interdependence. Since launch, OneShared.World has grown into a broad and inclusive movement of people from 112 countries across the planet, built an incredible youth-driven organizing team, with much more to come.
TheNewCity.Live conference is a gathering of leading innovators presenting aspirational models and solutions to city challenges. In collaboration with Union Theological Seminary, The New City conference presents keynote speeches by inspirational civic leaders and energizing examples of models large and small that spark the imagination and provide solutions.
The Hudson Eye is an artist-driven 10-day public program and urban showcase, with a focus on dance, music, performance, film and visual art. The Hudson Eye partners with local venues and also features daily “Hot Topics” talks that are free and open to the public, hosted by guest speakers whose professional affiliations represent the diversity of Hudson, NY.
The Center for Justice at Columbia University serves as the incubator of the Roma Peoples Project (RPP), which addresses how Roma have represented themselves and how they have been represented by others. It aims to identify, centralize, examine, and curate images and information about the Roma people in order to bring them to the forefront of academic and public consciousness.
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