Spring 2012 and Earlier Events

Spring 2012

April 23, 2012

India’s Agrarian Crisis: Notes from the Field

 Notes from the FieldIndia’s Agrarian Crisis: Notes from the FieldDiscussion with Vipul Mugdal, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi and Ajay Dandekar, Central University of Gujarat.

Founder of the Inclusive Media for Change network and engaged scholars of peasant mobilizations, Mugdal and Dandekar spoke about farmer’s suicides, Maoist insurgencies and rural policy challenges facing the Indian government.


March 21, 2012

A People’s History and the Cold War: Historicizing the Left in Pakistan

 Historicizing the Left in PakistanA People’s History and the Cold War: Historicizing the Left in PakistanIf 1968 labor and student protests could bring down a dictatorship, what happened to the left? What are the implications of recovering these lost histories of the left in the global south?

Speakers included Kamran Asdar Ali (Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin); Sadia Toor (Author of The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan); and Asad Ahmad (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University). Discussants were Asef Bayat (Aga Khan Visiting Professor of Islamic Humanities at Brown), and James Green, (Professor of Latin American History, Brown).

Listen to audio from the event!


March 17- 21, 2012

Performances in the RISD Auditorium and the Granoff Center

Caravanserai presented Arif Lohar and Arooj AftaBbCaravanserai presented Arif Lohar and Arooj AftaBbWith 150 albums, 50 international tours and 5 million hits on YouTube, Arif Lohar is a superstar in the Punjabi world, but many Americans know him by his music ("Bend It Like Beckham" soundtrack), not by name.

Arif invited the compelling young "Neo-Sufi / Global Soul" vocalist Arooj Aftab to join his band for an unforgettable evening of pop/folk/rock from the other side of the globe.


February 10-12, 2012

South Asian Film Festival: Inequality And Change

 Inequality And ChangeSouth Asian Film Festival: Inequality And ChangeProfessor Vazira Zamindar's class, Inequality and Change in South Asia, organized this film festival to screen twelve award winning films from the Kathmandu South Asian Film Festival! The films take viewers through Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and explore current issues in the sub-continent such as land rights, farmer suicides, the legal system, piracy and the arts, urban redevelopment and women's rights.

Films were followed by discussions lead by faculty from Brown and other universities. Professors who participated in leading discussions after the film included: Lina Fruzetti (Anthropology), Patrick Heller (Sociology), Thangam Ravindranatham (French Studies), Madhumati Lahiri (English), Ijlal Muzaffar (RISD), Paula Chakravarty (UMass Amherst).


February 8, 2012

Bridging Culture Through Film

Bridging Culture Through FilmBridging Culture Through FilmA Panel discussion featured FirstWorks' special guest Ayesha Khan, Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary "Made in Pakistan", and standouts of our local film industry to explore the role of filmmaking in breaking down cultural barriers.

Panelists included: Sara Archembault, Program Director of the LEF Foundation, R.I. filmmaker Keith Brown, R.I./N.Y. based writer/director Reshad Kulenovic, Dr. Kevin Esch, professor of film studies at URI and Roger Williams University, and Beena Sarwar, artist, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Session moderated by George Marshall, Executive Director of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.


February 7, 2012

"Made in Pakistan" Film Screening: with filmmaker Ayesha Khan

"Made in Pakistan""Made in Pakistan"An insider's look into "The Most Dangerous Country in the World" (as labeled by a cover story in Newsweek, Oct. 29, 2007), "Made in Pakistan" follows the lives of four young Pakistani professionals who defy this prevailing stereotype of the country by the very choices they have made in their lives. Shot during Pervez Musharraf’s state of emergency in 2007, this real slice of life reveals a country where one definition of an Islamic State no longer holds true.


February 1, 2012

Women Changing Pakistan: Talk with author and artist Samina Quraeshi


Fall 2011

Nov. 1 to 7, 2011

Performances and workshops with Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers, and the drummers of the Tari Khan Ensemble

Performances and workshopsPerformances and workshopsSufi music legends Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers, along with the drummers of the Tari Khan Ensemble came to Providence for one week, performing at RISD auditorium and doing workshops with students here and around Providence.