Deciphering Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan Relations (This Friday and Saturday)

The Wesleyan International Relations Association cordially invites you to attend its 2011 Conference:

Deciphering Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan Relations

September 30 – October 1, 2011

Wesleyan University

www.wirac.org

Organized in collaboration with the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative and Wesleyan South Asian Studies Faculty, the conference aims to increase understanding and awareness about Pakistan, from its culture to its politics. The conference will also focus on U.S.-Pakistan relations.

Including cultural events, panel discussions, and a keynote speaker, this will be the largest student-run conference ever to take place at Wesleyan (READ: you should probably attend).  And it is FREE, except for the meals and Junoon Sufi rock music concert.  All proceeds will go to the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative.

The pretty impressive list of speakers (if we do say so ourselves) includes:

  • Shahid Javed Burki, the former Vice President of World Bank and former Finance Minister of Pakistan  
  • Najam Sethi, the editor-in-chief of The Friday Times and of Geo News in Pakistan and the only Asian journalist to receive three international press freedom awards in a decade
  • Ambassador Howard B. Schaffer, the former United States Ambassador to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh
  • Asim Khwaja, a Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School

For a full list of speakers and conference schedule, visit our website.  If you have any questions concerning the conference, please email us at wira.conf[at]gmail[dot]com.

Seats are limited, so you must register to attend the conference.  To do so, fill out the Registration Form on our website and REGISTER NOW!

A full conference schedule will follow after the jump.

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Friday, September 30

  • Event: Screening of Ramchand Pakistani followed by a discussion with the film’s Director Mehreen Jabbar
  • Time: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema (Center for Film Studies)
  • Event: Salman Ahmad – Junoon Concert (Sufi Rock)
  • Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Place: Crowell Concert Hall
  • Cost: $5 for Wesleyan students

Saturday, October 1

  • Event: Registration
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Place: Usdan – 1st Floor
  • Event: Panel discussion on Pakistan’s internal dynamics
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Place: Usdan – Daniel Family Commons
  • Event: Lunch catered by Roti Boti, Indian/Pakistani cuisine
  • Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
  • Place: Beckham Hall
  • Cost: $8 for Wesleyan students
  • Event: Panel discussion on U.S.-Pakistani relations
  • Time: 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Place: Usdan – Daniel Family Commons
  • Event: Keynote Speaker – Shahid Javed Burki
  • Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Place: Usdan – Daniel Family Commons
  • Event: Dinner with Keynote Speaker and Panel Speakers
  • Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Place: Beckham Hall
  • Cost: $14 for Wesleyan students

Proceeds from the conference will go to the Wesleyan Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative.

5 thoughts on “Deciphering Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan Relations (This Friday and Saturday)

  1. Casusbelli

    I don’t believe this event should be held, considering actions of the Pakistani government against the United States. Recent evidence has linked the Pakistani government and the ISI to numerous violent actions against US interests and personnel, including the recent assault on the US embassy in Kabul. I call for a Wesleyan boycott of Pakistan and all Pakistani interests. Now is not the time to celebrate our ties to a treasonous ally, nor donate money to a corrupt, anti-American government.

    1. Anonymous

      So, since Pakistan is especially relevant at the moment, we SHOULDN’T host a conference based on understanding its inner workings? Is this real life?

      1. Ayn Rand

        Of course not, because once  a country’s turned against us, the only solution is to take off and nuke them from orbit. 

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