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A Fireside Chat with Dr. Abraham George

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Abraham M. George

Join us for a fireside chat with Dr. George Abraham, the visionary founder and principal of Shanti Bhavan, the subject of the award-winning Netflix documentary film.

Shanti Bhavan is a residential school for children born into India's lowest economic class, offering education from pre-K to 12th grade. From the first day of school to their entry into the workforce and beyond, children at Shanti Bhavan receive unwavering support. This transformative education breaks the cycle of systemic, generational poverty.

Founded in 1997, Shanti Bhavan Residential School in Baliganapalli, India, welcomed an inaugural class of 48 preschoolers. Over the course of the past 25 years, Shanti Bhavan has graduated countless students who have not only earned college degrees but have also embarked on successful careers in finance, technology, medicine, entrepreneurship, and other fields.

Prof. Prasenjit Duara, APSI Faculty Director and Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished Professor of East Asian Studies at Duke University, will host the chat. Come join the conversation to learn about the philosophy and impact of Shanti Bhavan.

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About the speaker:

Abraham M. George is presently engaged in several social projects including: Shanti Bhavan Residential School ( for children from socially and economically disadvantaged families; Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM -, the leading post-graduate college to promote free and quality press in India; and Baldev Medical & Community Center to address the healthcare needs of over 15 villages in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. His work in the field of environmental health was instrumental for the removal of lead from gasoline throughout India in April 2000, and the creation of National Referral Centre for Lead Poisoning in India.

Contact: Rohini Thakkar