We have reached the seating capacity inside the lecture hall as of March 1st 5:00 pm Pacific time. Further registrations will be wait listed and they will be notified if seats become available. We are also planning to stream the event live from BAP YouTube channel and Facebook.


The Bengali Identity - An engaging session by Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen

Saturday March 5, 2022
4 p.m – 6p.m

McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center
20300 Herriman Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070

1. The Bengali Identity

Bay Area Prabasi is proud to host Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen, accompanied by Dr. Anuradha Luther Maitra, for an engaging session on “The Bengali Identity”.

Signed copies of Professor Sen’s latest book “Home in the World” will be available for purchase at the venue. 

McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, renowned for hosting many memorable lectures in the past. Bay Area Prabasi will be hosting the lecture at this center.

Admission Procedure: 

There is no entry fee. The event is free for all. Please follow the STEPs below – 

  • Register using the online form; One submission per group is acceptable. We request pre-registration for this event. This is to keep track of the total number of audience. Please make sure to indicate the total number of guests in the form.  
  • Temperature check and proof of vaccination (electronic is acceptable) at the entrance.


First come first serve basis. Please refer to the McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center Seating Chart for details. Limited wheelchair accessible seating is available. Please send an email to [email protected] in order to reserve a wheelchair accessible seating.

2. Can The World Really Be Our Home

Bay Area Prabasi is partnering with University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) to present another lecture “CAN THE WORLD REALLY BE OUR HOME” by Professor Amartya Sen on Sun, 6th of March at Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture, UCSC at 4:30 pm. This event will mostly be virtual with limited audience presence on site. Please use the webinar registration link below.

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Sunday March 6th, 4:30pm

Our Speakers

Professor Amartya Sen

Professor Amartya Sen is a world renowned economist and philosopher, who since 1972 has taught and worked in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has made innumerable contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, decision theory, development economics, public health, and measures of well-being of countries.

He is currently a Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He formerly served as Master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 and India’s Bharat Ratna in 1999 for his work in welfare economics. He has also received over 90 honorary degrees from universities around the world, apart from various other honors and awards from multiple countries.

Dr. Anuradha Luther Maitra

Dr. Anuradha Luther Maitra received her Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1980 after which she taught in the UC system and at Santa Clara U, and served as CEO of Floreat Inc, a provider of embedded communications software and services. In 2013, she was appointed by UCSC Chancellor as Special Advisor on International Initiatives. Anu has been a trustee on the UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board since 2000, including a term as President. In that capacity, she has supported programs in Economics and Indian Classical Music; South Asia Center and Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning; Satyajit Ray Film Archives; Sidhartha Maitra Lecture Series on ‘Humanism, Reason and Tolerance’. Since 2015, Anu has chaired the the Vision Committee of Pratichi Trust India, established by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen; the focus of the organization is universal primary healthcare and gender equality. Anu is a trustee of US Friends of HelpAge India, whose mission is to serve the disadvantaged elderly.

About Bay Area Prabasi

Founded in 1974, Bay Area Prabasi is a membership-based non-profit socio-cultural organization of the Bengalis of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to promote and contribute to charitable, religious, literary, and educational activities with particular emphasis on the heritage of Bengal.