Archive for November, 2007

Realities & Truths – A Talk By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

“Whatever exists and is experienceable reflects an aspect of reality. Thus we call the normal wakened state the ‘real’ world. All worldly situations change; all so-called realties are transient and yet have some reference to the absolute unchanging truth.” – Shaykh Fahdlalla Haeri

Join us at T2F on Thursday for a talk and discussion on transience, space, time, and the Sufi way.

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri is an author, teacher and Sufi Master. For almost three decades he has travelled extensively, teaching and sharing his insights with people from all backgrounds and spiritual traditions.

Date: Thursday, 29th November 2007


Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. They reject the Bush administration’s fear-based politics that justify violence, and instead call for policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.

Find out more here and here.

Two CODEPINK activists, Medea Benjamin and Tighe Barry are visiting Karachi for a few days and will be coming over to The Second Floor (t2f) on Wednesday. They’d like to meet local peace activists, learn about our experiences, and discuss ways in which we can collaborate.

Join us for an exchange of ideas.

Date: Wednesday, 28th November 2007

Science Ka Adda: The Human Genome

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Scientists now have access to the genetic blueprint of humanity but ‘the rest of us’ have scores of unanswered questions. How is information stored in DNA? What is a genome? Do specialized chromosomes determine gender? Are some genes more dominant than others? How does mutation occur?

Join us as at T2F’s Science Ka Adda, as we embark on a scientific journey spanning 100 years – from the discovery of DNA to the deciphering of 3.2 billion bits of the human genome. Dr. Sohail A. Qureshi will reveal the myriad mysteries of genes, chromosomes and genomes and will also talk about how we can harness the power of technology to understand the function of unknown genes.

Dr. Sohail A. Qureshi is currently an Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at The Aga Khan University. He earned his doctorate in molecular biology in 1989 from the University of Maine and carried out his postdoctoral work in Glasgow and subsequently worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge University. In 1997, he joined the medical school faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 2001 was recruited by Invitrogen Corporation as a Senior Research Scientist of Molecular Biology and Drug Discovery. At Aga Khan University, he has an active research group which works on gene regulation, vaccine development against hepatitis C & E viruses, epilepsy, diabetes and cancer.

Date: Saturday, 24th November 2007

Cinema for Change: Missing in Pakistan

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Join us at T2F for a screening of Missing in Pakistan, a short documentary that explores a new category of human rights violations that have taken root in Pakistan in the larger context of the war on terror.

Shot in real time over a period of a few weeks in February and March 2007, the documentary is an investigative dossier and a time slice of a crucial epoch in Pakistan’s history. According to Sairah Irshad Khan, Senior Editor – Newsline, the documentary is “riveting – a graphic and scathing indictment of the abuse of power and a chilling reminder of the prevailing uncertainty in Pakistan today”.

Missing in Pakistan has been written and directed by Ziad Zafar, an independent journalist and filmmaker. Ziad will be present during the screening and the Q&A session.

Date: Saturday, 17th November 2007

Celebrating Urdu Poetry: Jaun Elia

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Rarely have Urdu poets enjoyed a cult following like that of Jaun Elia. The simplicity of his diction conveyed life’s little ironies in intriguing ways.

Jaun Elia’s unique expressions sparkle with an originality that stands out within the traditional form of ghazal. Although he has been an influence on many of today’s young poets, he is still to receive the public and nationwide recognition he deserves.

Join us at T2F for an evening of Jaun Elia’s poetry and a celebration of his rebel spirit.

Date: Sunday, 4th November 2007

Citizens Campaign to Reclaim Karachi

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Compelling Conversations: Reporting from the Front Lines of Terror

Join us at T2F this Thursday to hear a young reporter’s experiences of Oct 18th 2007. Urooj Zia will talk about the “job” of reporting, political rallies, the “gullible” masses, and the fact that we have nothing to lose but our chains.

Date: Thursday, 1st November 2007

Please visit the Reclaim Karachi Website for information about a citizen-led campaign to take back our city.