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Monday, January 16, 2012

This morning’s keynote speaker is Vennkatesh Narayanamurti (who told us we could refer to him as “Venky”), the Benjamin Pierce Professor of Technology and Public Policy, a Professor of Physics as well as the Director of Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School.

Presenting today on “Technology and Society,” as a part of our lecture series for this year’s conference which focuses on Technology and Social Justice, Professor Venky made a 40 minute presentation on issues he found really key as well as answered questions from our HCAP staff and delegates.

Drawing upon the social media used in the Arab Spring, the nuclear energy problem from Fukushima, the Durban Conference on climate change, his own experiences with technology (going from 4 hour calls to India when he first came to the States to “lightening speed” Skype and phone calls today), and fun current innovation like IBM’s Watson and Apple’s SIRI, Professor Venky demonstrated to us what the progress in technology has occurred and what the future holds for us, as students and innovators. Some key places he found very important for the next couple decades was 1) energy & sustainability, 2) global health & infectious diseases, 3) poverty and hunger (food security), and 4) economic and social development and prosperity.

Here are some soundbites from his presentation:

“As our world grows and technology improves, it is incredibly key to become a global citizen. We have a global responsibility towards the future.”

“It is our values, not the technology that makes for good or evil” – (can’t find exact quote, but roughly…) Hilary Clinton on Internet Freedom at GWU

“Technology alone is not enough,” said Mr Jobs at the end of his speech introducing the iPad 2, in March 2011. “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.”

“Engineers must understand how things work and how the world works and social scientists must not only understand how the world works, but also how the things work.” – Professor Venky

“Creativity becomes invention, which becomes innovation. Innovation is the nirvana that we all seek – for our idea to have a global, social impact.” – Professor Venky

“We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war.” September 12, 1962 – John F. Kennedy

Abraham Lincoln, in the middle of the Civil War, championed the creation of the National Academy of Sciences, refusing to accept that mere survival was the nation’s primary goal. He said we must add “the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things.” He went on to found the land grant college system and began the work on the transcontinental railroad.

“What can students do in this day and age? You must have fire in your belly. You must be exposed to many things and find what turns you on. You’re curious. Do something hard. Climb another mountain. Explore explore explore.”

“Technology and values are interactive- some values impact the growth of technology and some technology can influence our value systems.”

“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

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Hi everyone,

Here are 3 important details:

1) Our theme for this year’s conference (2011-2012) is Technology and Social (in)Justice!

2) The application to be a HCAP 2012 Staff Member is now up on the website (http://www.harvardcollegeinasia.org/about/apply/)!

3) Hurry and apply to be part of this wonderful program that brings you all the way to Asia for Spring Break. The deadline for submitting applications is this Friday at 5pm.

We look forward to reading your application and we hope you all had a great start to the year.

Best,

The HCAP Board

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Many staffers and alumni of Harvard College and Asia program have expressed concern for our friends and colleagues living and working in Japan. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those wounded and killed by the recent tragedy.

In spite of this tragedy, the Japanese have proven resilient and have earned the admiration of the world.

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Here is a note from one HCAP staffer to Ilya:

I met you through HCAP. I was excited, you were welcoming, and we were going to be friends. I enjoyed being on “saying-hi” terms with you throughout the year…. exchanging smiles in LS2 and in the Yard. A lot of people simply walk by someone they’ve just met; you immediately opened yourself up to greet me with warmth whenever we passed each other.

During the week of the HCAP conference, I stressed about little things. You stayed and helped when you didn’t have to. You told me how to get things under control without any hint of condescension. You offered to skip class to ensure that an event went flawlessly. We giggled together when I couldn’t figure out how to efficiently stack folding chairs. Your hard work, organized thinking and impassioned commitment to the conference inspired me.

I wish so badly I that I’d gotten to know you better – that I had acted on my conviction that we would have a lot to talk about, because I know we would. Your marked interest in other people’s well being was obvious, and reflected a lot of things I’m just now learning about you. Your commitment to God and faith, along with science and service, are remarkable and refreshing. The quote of yours they read at your memorial service took me aback in its astuteness, and it is one that – along with your memory – I will hold with me forever. God bless your soul.

Note: This was originally posted on the Adams House blog.

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It is with great sadness that we take time to remember our dear friend and brilliant secretary, Ilya Chalik. His passing has struck deeply in the HCAP community. It is hard to find words to describe the impact he has made in HCAP or in the Harvard Community as a whole. Always insightful, excited, and eager, Ilya was a guiding light for HCAP. His constant devotion to the February conference this year characterizes his commitment to HCAP throughout his time in our program.

His foresight and devotion were crucial to the success of our work and HCAP’s commitment to grow as an organization. This blog was entirely his idea. It is with the deepest of sadness that we commemorate on this blog, his creation, the time he spent with us in HCAP.

Ilya reminiscing at the Closing Ceremonies of HCAP 2011

Please send us pictures or stories you have of Ilya from your time in HCAP. Send them to alumni.hcap@gmail.com. We will post them to the blog so that those who knew Ilya can share the experiences we shared with Ilya.

This tragedy strikes us all very hard and it is times like this that we must come together to support each other. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family.

The best of wishes.

HCAP Board 2010-2011

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A fun time was had by all at HCAP Prom! Like a true American prom, the delegates arrived all dressed to the nines. The Mumbai delegation looked especially fine in their beautiful traditional Sari. The SOCH penthouse was decorated with streamers, glitter, and snowflakes, going along with the “Winter Wonderland” theme. It took a while to mobilize people into the dance area, but after many pictures, especially the traditional prom poses with dates, people slowly made their way into the room with the DJ to get the party started and get down on the dance floor. The DJ was a hit. The Turkish delegation, especially Cansu, loved the repertoire full of Lady Gaga. The party lasted for several hours, with people dancing, eating cake and pizza, forming new friendships and romances!, and everyone having a crazy time all around. Many pictures to prove it. I think prom was a memorable, magical night, and we are pretty sure all the delegates agree. I hope no one had too difficult of a morning after the enjoyable night…

Special thanks to Rosemary Hines.

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Here are some great pictures from dinner Monday night.

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The skywalk event was quite spectacular. I myself had never been to the skywalk up on the top of the Prudential Center before, but it was really beautiful being able to see so much of Boston at once. We arrived there at the very perfect time of day. The sun was just beginning to set, casting an orange glow onto the skyscrapers surrounding us. After the sun dipped under the horizon, a weaker reddish glow still remained. As the twilight grew into actual night, the light of the Boston came on, and the view took on a more modern character. Overall the event was very relaxed. It was a great time to just talk to someone you haven’t had a chance to talk to before. Many new friends were made and even more pictures taken.

Though the group was split up on our way to the Prudential Center, with half the delegates getting off at Copley to transfer to the Prudential T stop and the other half taking it all the way to Hynes Convention Center, there was a great sense of solidarity on the top of that building tonight.

-Special thanks to Richard Huang for the reporting

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Tonight at midnight is Lunar New Year – also known as Chinese New Year. While many cultures in Asia celebrate the Lunar New Year, most in the United States just refer to it as Chinese New Year.

New Years is a chance to turn over a new leaf, to start anew, and to set the precedent for the rest of the year.

See the links below to learn a little bit about some traditions surrounding Lunar New Year:

The Family Culture

Celebration of Chinese New Year

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Delicious foooooood! I’m still waiting on pictures from Dubai’s salad and recipes of all the food to come in.

Angela Primbas ’12 said she was very glad she wasn’t a judge because she couldn’t stand deciding between each of the different meals.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Istanbul

Tokyo

Mumbai

Seoul

 
 

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Monday, January 16, 2012

This morning’s keynote speaker is Vennkatesh Narayanamurti (who told us we could refer to him as “Venky”), the Benjamin Pierce Professor of Technology and Public Policy, a Professor of Physics as well as the Director of Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School.

Presenting today on “Technology and Society,” as a part of our lecture series for this year’s conference which focuses on Technology and Social Justice, Professor Venky made a 40 minute presentation on issues he found really key as well as answered questions from our HCAP staff and delegates.

Drawing upon the social media used in the Arab Spring, the nuclear energy problem from Fukushima, the Durban Conference on climate change, his own experiences with technology (going from 4 hour calls to India when he first came to the States to “lightening speed” Skype and phone calls today), and fun current innovation like IBM’s Watson and Apple’s SIRI, Professor Venky demonstrated to us what the progress in technology has occurred and what the future holds for us, as students and innovators. Some key places he found very important for the next couple decades was 1) energy & sustainability, 2) global health & infectious diseases, 3) poverty and hunger (food security), and 4) economic and social development and prosperity.

Here are some soundbites from his presentation:

“As our world grows and technology improves, it is incredibly key to become a global citizen. We have a global responsibility towards the future.”

“It is our values, not the technology that makes for good or evil” – (can’t find exact quote, but roughly…) Hilary Clinton on Internet Freedom at GWU

“Technology alone is not enough,” said Mr Jobs at the end of his speech introducing the iPad 2, in March 2011. “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.”

“Engineers must understand how things work and how the world works and social scientists must not only understand how the world works, but also how the things work.” – Professor Venky

“Creativity becomes invention, which becomes innovation. Innovation is the nirvana that we all seek – for our idea to have a global, social impact.” – Professor Venky

“We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war.” September 12, 1962 – John F. Kennedy

Abraham Lincoln, in the middle of the Civil War, championed the creation of the National Academy of Sciences, refusing to accept that mere survival was the nation’s primary goal. He said we must add “the fuel of interest to the fire of genius in the discovery and production of new and useful things.” He went on to found the land grant college system and began the work on the transcontinental railroad.

“What can students do in this day and age? You must have fire in your belly. You must be exposed to many things and find what turns you on. You’re curious. Do something hard. Climb another mountain. Explore explore explore.”

“Technology and values are interactive- some values impact the growth of technology and some technology can influence our value systems.”

“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Aside

Hi everyone,

Here are 3 important details:

1) Our theme for this year’s conference (2011-2012) is Technology and Social (in)Justice!

2) The application to be a HCAP 2012 Staff Member is now up on the website (http://www.harvardcollegeinasia.org/about/apply/)!

3) Hurry and apply to be part of this wonderful program that brings you all the way to Asia for Spring Break. The deadline for submitting applications is this Friday at 5pm.

We look forward to reading your application and we hope you all had a great start to the year.

Best,

The HCAP Board

Aside

Many staffers and alumni of Harvard College and Asia program have expressed concern for our friends and colleagues living and working in Japan. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those wounded and killed by the recent tragedy.

In spite of this tragedy, the Japanese have proven resilient and have earned the admiration of the world.

Aside

Here is a note from one HCAP staffer to Ilya:

I met you through HCAP. I was excited, you were welcoming, and we were going to be friends. I enjoyed being on “saying-hi” terms with you throughout the year…. exchanging smiles in LS2 and in the Yard. A lot of people simply walk by someone they’ve just met; you immediately opened yourself up to greet me with warmth whenever we passed each other.

During the week of the HCAP conference, I stressed about little things. You stayed and helped when you didn’t have to. You told me how to get things under control without any hint of condescension. You offered to skip class to ensure that an event went flawlessly. We giggled together when I couldn’t figure out how to efficiently stack folding chairs. Your hard work, organized thinking and impassioned commitment to the conference inspired me.

I wish so badly I that I’d gotten to know you better – that I had acted on my conviction that we would have a lot to talk about, because I know we would. Your marked interest in other people’s well being was obvious, and reflected a lot of things I’m just now learning about you. Your commitment to God and faith, along with science and service, are remarkable and refreshing. The quote of yours they read at your memorial service took me aback in its astuteness, and it is one that – along with your memory – I will hold with me forever. God bless your soul.

Note: This was originally posted on the Adams House blog.

Aside

It is with great sadness that we take time to remember our dear friend and brilliant secretary, Ilya Chalik. His passing has struck deeply in the HCAP community. It is hard to find words to describe the impact he has made in HCAP or in the Harvard Community as a whole. Always insightful, excited, and eager, Ilya was a guiding light for HCAP. His constant devotion to the February conference this year characterizes his commitment to HCAP throughout his time in our program.

His foresight and devotion were crucial to the success of our work and HCAP’s commitment to grow as an organization. This blog was entirely his idea. It is with the deepest of sadness that we commemorate on this blog, his creation, the time he spent with us in HCAP.

Ilya reminiscing at the Closing Ceremonies of HCAP 2011

Please send us pictures or stories you have of Ilya from your time in HCAP. Send them to alumni.hcap@gmail.com. We will post them to the blog so that those who knew Ilya can share the experiences we shared with Ilya.

This tragedy strikes us all very hard and it is times like this that we must come together to support each other. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family.

The best of wishes.

HCAP Board 2010-2011

Aside

A fun time was had by all at HCAP Prom! Like a true American prom, the delegates arrived all dressed to the nines. The Mumbai delegation looked especially fine in their beautiful traditional Sari. The SOCH penthouse was decorated with streamers, glitter, and snowflakes, going along with the “Winter Wonderland” theme. It took a while to mobilize people into the dance area, but after many pictures, especially the traditional prom poses with dates, people slowly made their way into the room with the DJ to get the party started and get down on the dance floor. The DJ was a hit. The Turkish delegation, especially Cansu, loved the repertoire full of Lady Gaga. The party lasted for several hours, with people dancing, eating cake and pizza, forming new friendships and romances!, and everyone having a crazy time all around. Many pictures to prove it. I think prom was a memorable, magical night, and we are pretty sure all the delegates agree. I hope no one had too difficult of a morning after the enjoyable night…

Special thanks to Rosemary Hines.

Aside

Here are some great pictures from dinner Monday night.

Aside

The skywalk event was quite spectacular. I myself had never been to the skywalk up on the top of the Prudential Center before, but it was really beautiful being able to see so much of Boston at once. We arrived there at the very perfect time of day. The sun was just beginning to set, casting an orange glow onto the skyscrapers surrounding us. After the sun dipped under the horizon, a weaker reddish glow still remained. As the twilight grew into actual night, the light of the Boston came on, and the view took on a more modern character. Overall the event was very relaxed. It was a great time to just talk to someone you haven’t had a chance to talk to before. Many new friends were made and even more pictures taken.

Though the group was split up on our way to the Prudential Center, with half the delegates getting off at Copley to transfer to the Prudential T stop and the other half taking it all the way to Hynes Convention Center, there was a great sense of solidarity on the top of that building tonight.

-Special thanks to Richard Huang for the reporting

Aside

Tonight at midnight is Lunar New Year – also known as Chinese New Year. While many cultures in Asia celebrate the Lunar New Year, most in the United States just refer to it as Chinese New Year.

New Years is a chance to turn over a new leaf, to start anew, and to set the precedent for the rest of the year.

See the links below to learn a little bit about some traditions surrounding Lunar New Year:

The Family Culture

Celebration of Chinese New Year

Aside

Delicious foooooood! I’m still waiting on pictures from Dubai’s salad and recipes of all the food to come in.

Angela Primbas ’12 said she was very glad she wasn’t a judge because she couldn’t stand deciding between each of the different meals.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Istanbul

Tokyo

Mumbai

Seoul