Archive for December, 2007

In Conversation With Sara Suleri

Monday, December 24th, 2007

sarasuleri.jpgOxford University Press and The Second Floor (t2f) invite you to an evening of conversation with Sara Suleri Goodyear.

Sara Suleri Goodyear, Professor of English at Yale University, is the author of Meatless Days, The Rhetoric of English in India, and Boys will be Boys: A Daughter’s Elegy. She was a founding editor of The Yale Journal of Criticism, and serves on the editorial boards of YJC, The Yale Review, and Transition.

Date: Monday 24th December, 2007


Emergent Order: How Complex Systems Organize Themselves

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

complexsystem.jpgHeterogeneous structure is the hallmark of all non-trivial systems. We are used to seeing it in man-made artifacts such as buildings, machines, computers, electronic circuits, texts, musical compositions, etc., and its presence is not surprising. All these artifacts have architects, designers, authors and composers who impose structure on their creations from the top down, i.e., by design. However, there are many other natural and artificial systems of immense complexity that also show deep structure, with many components performing distinct functions. These include living organisms and their sub-systems (e.g., the brain), ecosystems, insect colonies, bird and insect swarms, economies, societies, cities, corporations, the Internet and the World-Wide web. No master termite architect designs 12 foot tall termite hills with columns, arches, domes and many rooms with distinct functions. Nor is there a central controlling authority supervising the World-Wide Web or San Francisco. Yet, these systems are extremely organized!

Where does this structure come from? How is it sustained and is it based on any universal principles? These are the questions at the heart of the emerging discipline called Complex Systems, which draws researchers from the physical and life sciences, mathematics, engineering and economics, seeking to explain the emergence of order in an impossibly complex world. Discoveries in this field are being applied to managing organizations, analyzing ecosystems and thwarting terrorist networks – but above all, to understanding the mysteries of life.

Join us at T2F for a session with Ali Minai, Professor at the University of Cincinnati, as he provides an overview of current ideas in the area of complex systems, most notably the concept of self-organization – the process by which order generates itself from chaos under the right conditions.

Ali Minai received his BE in Electrical Engineering from NED University, Karachi, in 1985, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1992. He is currently Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where his research focuses on computational biology, neuroscience and complex systems. He has published numerous research papers and has edited three books in the area of complex systems.

Date: Tuesday 18th December, 2007


Celebrating Urdu Poets: Habib Jalib

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

A free spirit and a poet of the people, Habib Jalib spent most of his life on the streets and behind bars. He never compromised, never gave in, and never gave up. Jalib lived through one dictatorial regime after another and despite bans and threats to his life, he remained a daring revolutionary, inspiring the masses with his impassioned verse. Join us at t2f as we celebrate the life, times, and work of the legendary Habib Jalib.

Date: Sunday 16th December, 2007


An Audio Visual Dialogue

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

This Saturday night, T2F presents a unique gig featuring The Experience and Kohi Marri. Kohi’s visual compositions based around themes of violence, pacifism, and hope will challenge the band to interpret art in real time. Join us for an evening of experimental multimedia and an entirely new sound.

Date: Saturday 15th December, 2007


Thalassemia: A Dire Social Issue

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Over 8 million Pakistanis suffer from thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder. Join us at T2F for a mini awareness workshop conducted by Concern for Children Trust.

Date: Friday 14th December, 2007


Creative Reflections: An Introduction to Art Therapy

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Art therapy has been used to treat people who have experienced trauma, violence, abuse, death and loss; people with physical and psychological impairments, mood disorders, and chronic illness. It offers an alternative modality for self expression, serving as a voice for the voiceless, and a window for the hidden self.

This introductory workshop will familiarize participants with the theory and practice of art therapy through an interactive discussion and art exercises. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning about art therapy, the service and the profession. School administrators, mental health professionals, doctors, speech language therapists, artists as advocates, and teachers of children with special needs will find it especially useful.

Art therapy with children and adolescents is a powerful medium for connecting and building trust. The flexibility inherent in visual thinking and imagery offers a creative avenue for resolving conflicts and easing emotional suffering. Chronically ill or distressed individuals can be served by the safe and non judgmental approach of creative self expression in which the emotional presence and empathic understanding of a trained therapist can offer them relief and enhance coping and well-being.

Myth: Some people cannot do art.
Truth: Every human being has creative potential.

So, come ready to do some art. Leave self criticism at the door.

Workshop Facilitator: Shazia Mohamed, Art Therapist, DTATI (thesis pending)
Shazia has had graduate training in art therapy in Toronto, Canada, where she completed her clinical placement working with children with conduct disorder and learning disabilities and older adults who had suffered a stroke. Shazia is currently providing art therapy to children with special needs at a Karachi-based school and is a consultant at Ziauddin University Hospital’s speech language therapy department.

Date and Time:
Saturday, 8th December 2007 | 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday 9th December 2007 | 11:30 am to 1:00 pm


In Their Own Voice – 5 Pakistani Poets and Writers

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Join us at T2F for an engaging evening of English literature featuring Pakistan’s leading writers and poets. This special edition of In Their Own Voice is brought to you by Oxford University Press, to celebrate Pakistan’s rich cultural and literary heritage.

The Programme
• Welcome by Ameena Saiyid
• Introductions by Fawzia Afzal-Khan
• Poetry and Prose Readings
• Discussion on the Pakistani Tradition of English Letters

Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English Literature at Montclair State University, New Jersey. She is a published poet and an author of several books and articles of scholarly criticism. Fawzia is a winner of several prestigious fellowships and has lectured all over the world. One of her recent professional assignments was to set up a Postcolonial Studies Graduate Programme at the Government College University, Lahore.

Kaleem Omar started writing poetry in 1955. His work has appeared in prestigious magazines and periodicals, as well as various anthologies. He edited the much acclaimed Wordfall: Three Pakistani Poets, consisting of work by him, Taufiq Rafat and Maki Kureishi. Kaleem Omar’s work has been broadcast in the United States, Pakistan, and India.

Muneeza Shamsie is the editor of three pioneering anthologies of Pakistani English Literature, the most recent being And the World Changed: Contemporary Stories by Pakistani Women. She also writes short stories and contributes articles to Dawn, She, and Newsline. Muneeza Shamsie is the Managing Editor of a work-in-progress, The Oxford Companion to the Literatures of Pakistan.

Adrian Husain is a Guinness Poetry Prize winning poet as well as a scholar and is equally known for his selection of verse, Desert Album, as for his critical work on Shakespeare, Politics and Genre in “Hamlet”. Adrian Husain is currently working on a book on Richard II. He has also written a novel titled Touch of Earth which will be published shortly.

Asif Farrukhi has edited or co-edited Fires in an Autumn Garden, an anthology of short stories from Pakistan, An Evening of Caged Beasts: Seven Post-modernist Urdu Poets, and An Anthology of Pakistani Fiction. He is the founder-editor of Duniyazad, a literary journal. Asif Farrukhi is a creative writer and a literary critic, and has translated widely from world literature and South Asian literature into Urdu.

Date: Tuesday, 4th December 2007


An Evening With David Barsamian

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

david.jpgDavid Barsamian is the award winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, an independent weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. He is a radio producer, journalist, author, and lecturer and has been working in radio since 1978. His interviews and articles appear regularly in The Progressive and Z Magazine.

Join us at T2F for an evening with David Barsamian as he takes on issues of foreign policy, media, propaganda, and corporate power.

David’s latest books are “What We Say Goes” and “Imperial Ambitions” with Noam Chomsky, “Speaking of Empire & Resistance” with Tariq Ali and “Original Zinn” with Howard Zinn. His earlier books include “Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky”; “Eqbal Ahmad: Confronting Empire” and “The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting”.

Date: Sunday, 2nd December 2007