2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 38 Embassy Road, G-6/3
Entry is open to all. You may confirm your participation through an email or phone. The event can also be watched live at http://www.sdpi.tv/live.php
Chair Person / Moderator:
- Ambassador (Retd) Shafqat Kakakhel, Chairperson, SDPI Board of Governors, and Former UN Assistant Secretary General
- Mr. Raza Naeem, Social Scientist and Literary Critic, Lahore
About the Lecture:
Lecture will give a brief overview of recent events in Egypt, especially in context of the military takeover in July 2013. Further, speaker will talk about the life and legacy of Ahmed Fouad Negm (one of the greatest Egyptian and Arab poets of the 20th century) and also recite some of his poems in English translation, before concluding with his relevance to the Arab Spring and to our part of the world. The later part of his talk will focus on how the events in Cairo affect the situation in Pakistan (the debate on dictatorship and democracy, as well as the debate on the ‘Turkish model’), and how will they impact us.
About the Speaker:
Raza Naeem is an independent Arabic-speaking social scientist, book critic and translator based in Lahore. He is a longtime activist of the Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party (CMKP). He has travelled widely in Egypt, Yemen and Turkey over the years, interviewing a large number of activists in these countries. He is presently working on a book on a political and cultural history of Yemen post-Arab spring. He is the 2013-14 Charles Wallace Trust Fellow at the University of Bradford in UK.