Programs

Listed below are some possible programs for various audiences. These programs can be conducted both in a lecture as well as a workshop format.


 

US-Pakistan Relations

Past, Present, and Future

This lecture provides a brief history of US-Pakistan relations, explains the current state of relations between these two nations, and then provides a prognosis of the future.

My main assertion is that both these nations have failed to develop people-to-people relationships and that is why so many stereotypes underwrite their views of each other.

Note: FREE for public schools, charity groups, and community-focused groups.

The Rise of Taliban and Fundamentalism in Pakistan

Causes, Costs, and Remedies

In this lecture I provide a detailed discussion of the material and ideological causes of the rise of Taliban and other fundamentalist movements in Pakistan. A sort of summation of my published work on the subject, this lecture explains that Taliban and their cohorts are a product of neoliberal economics and an understanding of material realities of the region is important in understanding and challenging the rise of fundamentalism.

Format: A thirty minute formal lecture followed by an open question answer session. Can also be offered as a two hour workshop.

Note: FREE for public schools, charity groups, and community-focused groups.

Understanding Islam

History, Basic Tenets, and Politics

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, Islam has increasingly become a topic of discussion in the US media and pubic sphere. This lecture is aimed at providing basic information about Islam and its history with a specific focus on political Islam in various regions of the world. It is hoped that this presentation will enable the attendees to develop a more nuanced understanding of Islam and, with the resources provided for further reading, empower them to look beyond the usual stereotypes to interact with people of Islamic faith.

Format:

Time: 1 hour 40 minutes.

Lecture: 40 minutes.

Q&A: 1 hour.

Note: FREE for public schools, charity groups, and community-focused groups.

World Literature

Best Practices for Reading and Teaching

Geared toward teachers and general readers alike, this lecture provides a summary of critical reading skills necessary to read and understand world literature. Most readers tend to read the novels and other works from the global periphery as windows into understanding the subject cultures, but I suggest that these texts should be a point of departure in further exploration of the cultures of their setting and not necessarily a point of arrival.

Format:

2:00 hours.

Lecture and workshop.

Note: FREE for public schools, charity groups, and community-focused groups.

An Immigrant Life

Finding Success, Friendships, and Love in America

This is a deeply personal talk that focuses on my experiences after coming to America in 1996. I moved to the US after ten years of military service in Pakistan. I am now a happily married, successful scholar. Most people who know me do not realize that much of my success depends upon the kindness, generosity, and support of my countless American friends. This talk, therefore, is a homage to all those who made it possible for me to succeed in my new life in America.

While a personal narrative, this talk also offers a look into the kind of America that does not often get represented, least of all not in my home culture. This talk, therefore, is an inspirational and uplifting story that foregrounds the best that America has to offer to all of us.

Format:

Time: 1 Hour

Lecture: 30 Minutes

Q&A: 30 Minutes

Note: FREE for public schools, charity groups, and community-focused groups.

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