April 23, 2012
India’s Agrarian Crisis: Notes from the Field
Discussion 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
If 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).
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March 17- 21, 2012
Performances in the RISD Auditorium and the Granoff Center
With 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
Professor 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
A 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
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
Nov. 1 to 7, 2011
Performances and workshops with Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers, and the drummers of the Tari Khan Ensemble
Sufi 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.