Monmouth College will host a conference on Pakistan April 7-8.
Sponsored by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and the college’s political science department, the interdisciplinary conference will feature presentations on contemporary political and social issues, as well as music performances and a presentation on Pakistani film and literature. All activities except meals are free and open to the public.
Award-winning Pakistani journalists Zahid Hussain and Anwar Iqbal headline the conference and will be featured at the conference’s first event, a panel discussion titled “Peace with Justice: U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan” on April 7 at 11 a.m. in Room 207 of Wallace Hall.
Hussain, who is the Pakistan correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and The Times of London, is the author of two acclaimed books about Islamic militants in Pakistan. Iqbal is the Washington correspondent for the Dawn Group of Newspapers.
Other events on April 7 include a workshop on South Asian music at 2 p.m.; a discussion titled “War Against Terror: What Americans Need to Know” at 4 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium of the Center for Science and Business; and a screening of “Ramchand Pakistani,” a film by Mehreen Jabbar, at 7 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium.
Based on a true story, “Ramchand Pakistani” is about a boy who inadvertently crosses the border between Pakistan and India and the following ordeal his family experiences.
On April 8 at 11 a.m. in Room 277 of the Center for Science and Business, Hussain and Iqbal will be joined on a panel by Monmouth College political science professor Farhat Haq, a native of Pakistan. The panel will discuss the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and its impact on relations between Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
Western Illinois University professor Shazia Rahman will lead of discussion of “Ramchand Pakistani” at 2 p.m. and, at 4 p.m., exchange student Ayesha Nazir will speak about “Growing Up Young and Female in Pakistan.” Both events will be held in the Pattee Auditorium.
The conference will conclude at 7 p.m. at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in downtown Monmouth with an evening of South Asian music by internationally recognized sitarist Anwar Khurshid, whose music was featured in the Oscar-winning film “Life of Pi.”
Established in 1973, AIPS is a bi-national research and education organization with a mission to promote academic study of Pakistan in the U.S. and to encourage scholarly exchange between the U.S. and Pakistan.