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Political Poetry in Contemporary Pakistan: An Evening with Pakistani Poet and Nonfiction Writer Harris Khalique

Lecture | October 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Harris Khalique, Pakistani poet and nonfiction writer

Saba Mahmood, Associate Professor in Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Townsend Center for the Humanities

An evening with Pakistani poet and nonfiction writer, Harris Khalique​.

Harris Khalique, one of the foremost Urdu poets of his generation, is the author of eight poetry collections, including Between You and Your Love (English, 2004), Ishq Ki Taqveem Mein (Urdu, 2006) and Melay Mein (Urdu, 2012), which won the 2013 UBL Literary Excellence Award for Urdu poetry. His poems have been anthologized internationally. A campaigner for worker's, women’s and minority rights in Pakistan and abroad, he contributes regularly to national and international news publications. He is in residence in September-October of this year at the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa, supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US State Department.

Officially launched in 2013, the Berkeley Pakistan Initiative is a campaign to broaden and deepen Pakistan related research, teaching and programming at UC Berkeley. Its long-term goals include hiring faculty who specifically work on Pakistan, broadening and deepening understanding of Pakistan by sponsoring talks and conferences on campus and across the Bay Area, promoting scholarly exchanges between UC Berkeley and educational institutions in Pakistan, raising funds for graduate fellowships (to train the next generation of scholars of Pakistan), and providing funding for Pakistan-specific courses at UC Berkeley. Currently, four programs that anchor Pakistan studies at Berkeley: the Mohamedali Habib Distinguished Lecture Series on Pakistan; the Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Dissertation Prize on Pakistan; and the Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (BULPIP).

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