Thursday, January 31st


Somini Sengupta | Existential Threats: Stories from the front lines of climate change in South Asia and beyond

The Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS) is proud to announce the 7th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture – a lecture series on the theme of Women and Leadership. This lecture series has been established in memory of Sarah Kailath (February 5, 1941 – October 15, 2008), a long-time supporter of ISAS’s mission and activities and in whose name the Institute holds an endowed chair titled the Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies.

Our seventh Sarah Kailath Memorial lecturer is George Polk Award-winning journalist and The New York Times’s International Climate Change Correspondent, Somini Sengupta.

Moderated by Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.


Speaker Bio
Somini Sengupta, a George Polk Award–winning journalist, covers international climate issues for The New York Times, for which she was previously the bureau chief in Dakar and New Delhi. She has reported from a Himalayan glacier, a Congo River ferry, the streets of Baghdad and Mumbai and many places in between. She won the George Polk Award for international reporting in 2004. From 2005 to June 2009, she was the Bureau Chief in New Delhi, responsible for The Times’ coverage of India and the region.

Somini is the author of The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young.

The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on “Women and Leadership,” derives from the Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies. The chair was established by Thomas Kailath, and Vinita and Narendra Gupta in honor of Dr. Kailath’s wife, Sarah Kailath, to enhance awareness and knowledge of issues relating to the Indian subcontinent.


Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies, Berkeley Journalism


Faculty Club, The Heyns Room

Get directions to Faculty Club, The Heyns Room


This is a FREE event.
Tax-deductible donations from the J-School community help make this possible.

No tickets required


Julie Hirano