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Upcoming Events


Saturday, June 19, 2021 @ 11:00am EST

Building an Enterprise


Participant(s): Nargis Rahman
Join us for a special event to showcase the stories of 10 Bangladeshi Women Entrepreneurs from Metro Detroit who have found creative ways to own businesses while upholding and celebrating culture and traditions. These women were interviewed by Nargis Hakim Rahman as part of the Archival Creators Fellowship Program. Learn more about their journeys, network with entrepreneurs, and meet the team behind collecting these stories. Open to the public.

Saturday, June 26, 2021 @ 5:00PM EST

A Tale of Two Epidemics


Participant(s): Nikhil. D. Patil, Debanuj DasGupta, Kenrick Ross, Monica Gandhi
In the shadow of the ongoing AIDS epidemic, and with the current backdrop of COVID-19, what are the current lived experiences of South Asian Americans in the US in 2021? SAADA's Archival Creators Fellow Nikhil D. Patil brings his oral history project -- Excerpts from an Epidemic: Documenting South Asian American Narratives from the Early Years of the AIDS Crisis in the United States -- into the present reality.

Thursday, July 8, 2021 @ 1:00PM EST

Our Stories: A Celebration


Join us on Thursday, July 8, to celebrate Our Stories, SAADA's introduction to South Asian America for high school and college-aged readers. The event will feature readings by authors, remarks from SAADA staff and board members, and cheers from supporters and well-wishers.

Past Events


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Anti-South Asian Violence, White Supremacy, and Xenophobia


This virtual panel discussion addresses the urgent need to take seriously recent assaults against South Asians in the US and also the history of anti-South Asian racism, and the particular forms of xenophobia targeting Sikh Americans.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 6:30PM EST

Your Dream is Our Dream


Participant(s): Desis for Progress
Exploring Interconnected Histories & Paths Toward Racial Justice

Friday, February 19, 2021

Penn Law Salsa Conference: South Asian Civil Rights


Participant(s): Penn Law Salsa, Samip Mallick
This year, we intend to build on conversations from the previous year and keep with the historic moment that we are in. Thus, we are thrilled for the conference to center South Asians and civil rights—how our community has impacted civil rights movements, how civil rights movements have impacted us, and importantly, solidarity between marginalized communities in the fight for equality.

Sunday, January 31, 2021 @ 3:00pm EST

Stories from the South: Archiving Your Family History


Participant(s): Ayshea Khan, Samip Mallick
Your family history is important but sometimes the process of preserving your family’s stories can be daunting. Join a workshop centered on practical tips on how to start your own personal archive. Whether you are interested in learning how to preserve family photographs, letters, newspapers, audiovisual recordings, mementos, or simply don’t know where to even begin, preserving your family memories is an invaluable resource for future generations to come. RSVP via Eventbrite to reserve your spot. Panelists include: Ayshea Khan, Samip Mallick, Dr. Sam Vong, Alan Garcia, Tiffany Diane Tso

Sunday, December 6, 2020 @ 4:00pm EST

Family Album


Participant(s): Ayshea Khan, Neel Agrawal, Nicolette Khan, Tara Maharajan, Amber Abbas
Whether you’re interested in stories from your biological or chosen family, this free online 90 minute workshop will cover everything you need to know about how to archive and share your own family stories. This event is made possible with support from our sponsors: Masala My Life, Abbas Law PLLC, Anonymous Donor

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 7:00PM EST

Lessons from the South Asian Domestic Worker Movement


Participant(s): Andolan Archive Project
As we face a global pandemic, rising fascism, and continued sexual violence, learning from the organizing of South Asian domestic workers is more important now than ever. Since the year 2000, Andolan Organizing South Asian Workers has fought for justice for survivors and workers, always moving in solidarity with other oppressed communities. Given patterns of co-optation and obstruction enacted by dominant class and dominant caste South Asians, it is pivotal for South Asian American activists of all ages to learn from the legacy of transnational and intersectional feminists.

Sunday, October 18, 2020 @ 7:00PM EST

Let's Talk CommUnity


Location: Array
Participant(s): Ektaa Center, South Asian Network
In this time, as we are faced with tough issues of justice and equality, "Let's Talk CommUnity" is Ektaa's new platform for us to get educated and dialogue. Embark on a two-part series with field experts who will tell us about the South Asian story, how inextricably we are tied to the Civil rights movement, and how we can strengthen that association today.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 1:00PM EST

A Voter's Guide to South Asian Immigration History


Participant(s): Kishwer Vikaas, Pawan Dhingra, Seema Sohi, Tasneem Al-Michael
Through a combination of scholarly and personal perspectives, SAADA will share what you need to know about South Asian immigration history exactly one month before the election.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 12:00PM

Preserving Stories Digitally



Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 1:00PM EST

30 minutes w/ SAADA's Archival Creators Fellows


Participant(s): Mustafa Saif, Gaiutra Bahadur, Dhanya Addanki