Archive for August, 2007

Science Ka Adda: Stem Cells

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells: Film Screening and Discussion on 29th August 2007

Discover what Stem Cells are and why they’re so important to medical science and so controversial to religionists. Is it ethical to tinker with potential life to generate embryonic stem cells? ‘Frankenstein science’ or hope for a cure?

Join us at T2F’s third Science Ka Adda as we screen a documentary and discuss the science and ethics of stem cells with Biologist Dr. Ather Enam and Medical Ethicist Dr. Aasim Ahmad.

Dr. Ather Enam is Head of Neurosurgery and Associate Professor, Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at the Aga Khan University. His research interests include stem cell transplantation for neurological problems and regeneration of spinal cord injuries. Dr. Enam obtained a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Northwestern University in 1991. In addition to several awards and fellowships, he received the Excellence Award in Neurosurgery by the Pakistan Society of Neurosurgeons in 2004.

Dr. Aasim Ahmad is Dean and Chief Nephrologist at The Kidney Centre as well as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at the Aga Khan University. In 2003, he obtained a Masters in Bioethics from University of Toronto. His main areas of interest are bioethics capacity building, research ethics and bioethics education. Dr. Ahmad serves on a number of bioethical committees and organizations; including as Chairperson of the Bioethics Group at the Aga Khan University and as member of the National Bioethics Committee.

Date: Wednesday, 29th August 2007


An Evening with the Author of Military Inc.

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

militaryinc.jpgThe Pakistan Democracy Foundation, Oxford University Press, and The Second Floor (T2F) invite you to an evening with Ayesha Siddiqa, the author of Military Inc.

Ayesha Siddiqa’s controversial book takes a hard look inside Pakistan’s military economy, and shows how the power of the military has transformed Pakistani society. This is a unique opportunity to interact with a brave woman who dared to take on the establishment. Our panelists include Asad Umar, Nazim Haji and Asad Sayeed. The interactive Q/A session will be moderated by Ayesha Tammy Haq.

Military Inc. can be purchased from the T2F bookshop and the author, Ayesha Siddiqa, will be available after the discussion to sign copies.

Date: Saturday, 25th August 2007


An Evening of Progressive Music

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

T2F Presents “The Experience” on Saturday, 18th August 2007

This weekend, rock on with “The Experience”, featuring:

~ Faisal Gill on Lead Guitarguitar.gif
~ Usman Vahidy on Bass
~ Abdul Aziz Kazi on Drums

The band plays progressive music encompassing 40’s blues, 60’s funk, 70’s psychedelic, jazz and classical. They claim that no genre can define their sound and it’s all improvised! A mystery guest will also make a brief appearance.

Date: Saturday, 18th August 2007


Impressions – A Photography Exhibition

Friday, August 17th, 2007

T2F Presents “Impressions” by Rabeya Sarkar Rima

Rabeya Sarkar Rima, a Bangladeshi photographer, has been living in Karachi, Pakistan for the last 10 months, as part of an exchange program. “Impressions” is a collection of photographsgirl.jpg documenting her journey and includes imagery of daily life in and around Karachi, Mitthi and Mirpurkhas; a story about the Edhi Home; street protests; and a set of sensitive portraits.

Rabeya recently exhibited her work at The Arts Council and a selection of photographs will be on display at T2F for 2 weeks. Framed photographs are also available for purchase.

About the Photographer

Rabeya Sarkar Rima was born on 25th November 1985 in a village of Tangail, a district near Dhaka city. In 1994, she joined Out of Focus – a group of child photographers formed by world-renowned Bangladeshi photographer, Dr. Shahidul Alam.

Whilst working as a photographer and videographer, Rabeya is studying for a BA in Photography at Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography, Dhaka. She has worked as a reporter at ETV Bangladesh from 2000 to 2001. In 1998 she was a child juror in the World Press Photo Competition in the Netherlands.

In her short journey, Rabeya has taken a number of eye-catching pictures and has completed some resourceful photo stories. Her photographic assignments have included work with the Asia Foundation, USAID and UNICEF. She received an Honor Award in 2006 for a Women Photographers contest in Bangladesh. She also got 2nd prize in a UNICEF photography contest on violence against women in 1996. Her photographs have been widely published in various magazines and newspapers, including The New Nation, The Daily Amar Desh, Weekly 2000, and Kidstuff Book of Panos Institute. Her photographs have also been used in calendars of organizations such as Grameen Phone and DRIK.

Date: Friday, 17th August 2007