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Lahore Literary Festival in New York 2019

‘Lahore literary festival – a safe place for dangerous ideas.’ —The Guardian
‘Rarely has an event framed around books and ideas felt so urgent.’ —New York Review of Books
The Lahore Literary Festival (LLF), one of South Asia’s premier cultural events, returns to Asia Society New York on May 6 for the fourth iteration of the festival in New York. LLF in New York will explore contemporary Pakistan, through artists, writers, and commentators. The festival will present American audience with a more nuanced view of Pakistan, with discussions on fiction and nonfiction writing, art, architecture, history and politics.
Held in conjunction with the Lahore Literary Festival.


11:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lahore, Art and Literary Icons
Salima Hashmi, Nasir Abbas Nayyar and Iftikhar Dadi; Moderated by Raza Rumi?

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Writing Stories of Food
Madhur Jaffrey, Sameen Rushdie (author of Indian Cookery) and Sumayya Usmani; Moderated by Ahmed Ali Akbar

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
US-Pakistan: Continuing Challenges
Richard G. Olson (United States ambassador to Pakistan, 2012- 2015 and the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2015- 2016), Shuja Nawaz (was the director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, and author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within), and Jennifer Griffin (Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel)

1:45-2:15 pm

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
New Fiction, Pakistan’s Bold New Voices
Sarvat Hasin, Teymour Soomro and Zarrar Said; moderated by Osama Siddique

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Imagery of the Afterlife in Islamic Gardens
Conversation with Nerina Rustomji (associate professor of history at St. John's University, and is the author of The Garden and the Fire: Heaven and Hell in Islamic Culture)

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Stretched Ecosytems: Impact of Belt Road Initiative on Pakistan’s Environmental Ecology
Aban Marker Kabraji (IUCN Asia Regional Director, has been awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence), a Pakistan Civil Award for 2018, for her contributions to, and in recognition of, her achievements in the field of conservation), Erum Sattar

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Free Speech in South Asia
Ayesha Jalal (Tufts University) and Wendy Doniger (formerly with the University of Chicago); Moderated by Manan Ahmed (Columbia University)


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