Archive for August, 2016

Food Utopia: A discussion featuring Dr. Hilal Elver

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Saturday, 27th August 2016 | 7:15 – 9:30PM

Can hunger and malnutrition be solved by pushing for more production-oriented policies? Is there more than enough food in the world for all or is the problem accessibility and economic inequality? Moreover, will excessive production bring us to a very dangerous dilemma regarding resources scarcity, loss of biological diversity and eventually ecosystem failure?

Food systems have never been a popular subject in climate change negotiations, despite the very complex relationship between the two. How to develop an ideal food system that is healthy for people, sustainable for the environment and friendly toward climate change may be the only viable system for the future. Further for a sustainable future a “right to food” has to be understood as a vital part of how state’s address this issue.

These are the issues that will be raised by Dr. Hilal Elver who will be in discussion with Haris Gazdar.

About
Dr. Hilal Elver is a research professor and global distinguished fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara and a fellow at UCLA Law School’s Resnick Food Law and Policy Center. Her most recent book is Reimagining Climate Change (co-edited with Paul Wapner 2016). She is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles in academic journals on topics ranging from Global Justice, New Constitutionalism, Secularism, women’s rights, water rights, environmental security, climate change diplomacy and food security. She was appointed Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by UN’s Human Rights Council in May 2014.

Haris Gazdar is a Senior Researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research. He has contributed widely to social science research and social and economic policy debates in Pakistan and elsewhere. He has taught as well as conducted academic research in the UK, India, and Pakistan. Besides his academic and consultancy assignments, he has worked on an honorary basis as adviser to research programmes, government and non-governmental organizations. Gazdar leads the Pakistan research team for LANSA (Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia) and is a member of the Consortium Steering Committee.

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When: Saturday, 27th August 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:15PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)


Workshop 4: Exploring the Universe

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Saturday, 27th August 2016 | 5:00 – 8:00PM

Karachi Astronomers Society and The Second Floor (T2F) present a series of Astronomy workshops being conducted under “Science Ka Adda”, a PeaceNiche initiative.
Each workshop will entail a detailed two-hour presentation followed by a Q/A session and will end with telescopic observations, provided the sky is clear.

We hope that through these workshops, science enthusiasts can come together and learn from our team of amateur astronomers who have dedicatedly given their time to broaden interest in Practical Astronomy – a subject that is rarely explored in depth within the parameters of our formal education system.

Workshop 4:
Exploring the Universe

About the Workshop:
Enter the void of space to explore constellations, deep sky objects, galaxies and nebulae. Learn about the art and science of astrophotography and the equipment used by professionals in the last of the KAS series.

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When: Saturday, 27th August 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Rs.300 (per workshop)

*There is no pre-registration for these workshops. Fee is per workshop on first-come, first-served basis. Seats are limited.


An Evening of Two Plays

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st  August 2016 | 7:00 – 9:00PM

The Second Floor (T2F) presents ‘An Evening of Two Plays’ running for consecutive performances this weekend.

Elegy for a Lady by Arthur Miller
Language: English
Duration: 45 mins (approx)
Cast: Khalid Ahmad & Joshinder Chaggar

Elegy for a Lady is a one-act play by Arthur Miller. Miller’s “Elegy” is a philanderer’s conversation with his conscience — and his heart — even if it takes the form of a man confessing all to a shopkeeper. A haunting and evocative study of loss, and the pain of love and rejection, by one of our theatre’s master writers.

‘Mernay se Pehlay Jannat’ by Bee Gul
Language: Urdu
Duration: 45 mins (approx)
Cast: Khalid Ahmad & Bakhtawar Mazhar

Bee Gul (Urdu: بی گل) is a Pakistani screenwriter and director. Bee Gul’s stories often deal with themes of reality & identity. Hypocrisy is the underlying theme, involving bitter love & conservative values. In ‘Mernay se Pehlay Jannat’, Gul centers her story on an ailing old man whose hostility towards his family changes with the arrival of a young maid by the name of Jannat Bibi.

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When: Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st August 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Rs. 500 (one pass)

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Khalid Ahmad for supporting T2F. He has generously offered to donate all proceeds from the plays for the sustainability of PeaceNiche projects.


Workshop 3: Solar Astronomy

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Friday, 19th August 2016 | 3:00 – 6:00PM

Karachi Astronomers Society and The Second Floor (T2F) present a series of Astronomy workshops being conducted under “Science Ka Adda”, a PeaceNiche initiative.

Each workshop will entail a detailed two-hour presentation followed by a Q/A session and will end with telescopic observations, provided the sky is clear.

We hope that through these workshops, science enthusiasts can come together and learn from our team of amateur astronomers who have dedicatedly given their time to broaden interest in Practical Astronomy – a subject that is rarely explored in depth within the parameters of our formal education system.

Workshop 3:
Solar Astronomy

Get to know everything about the sun, our closest star. From the center to the surface and it’s atmosphere, join us to observe the sun with special solar equipment and imaging through telescopic observations.

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When: Friday, 19th August 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Entry: Rs.300 (per workshop)

Note:
*There is no pre-registration for all these workshops and fee is per workshop on first-come, first-served basis. Seats are limited. 


Philosophy 101 series: Liberalism, Islamism and Anarchism

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Thursday, 18th August 2016 | 7:30 – 9:00PM

Join us as we open up the Philosophy 101 series with a panel discussion titled: ‘Conversations between Friends or Foes?’ Liberalism, Islamism, and Anarchism’.

On this panel, Arsalan Khan and Omar Shaukat will jointly reflect on the relationship between Islamism, liberalism and other left trajectories of political thought, especially anarchism. The panelists will not only highlight the similarities between these perspectives but also discuss how, despite their differences and disagreements, Islamism and liberalism can both lead to an anarchist politics for our times.

– Liberals, Islamists and the Left: Intimacy and Enmity in a Liberal Tradition.

In Pakistan, the term “liberal” is often used pejoratively by both Islamists as well as by a much smaller cohort of Left-wing activists and intellectuals (Marxist and Postcolonial). Islamists denounce liberals, or what they sometimes call “pseudo-liberals,” for being awestruck by Western values and agents of Westernization. Left-wing activists, on the other hand, claim that liberals are elites who defend the economic status quo and have abandoned a commitment to fighting Western imperialism. While these are significant lines of division, such denunciations tend to erase potential overlaps between these perspectives. In this talk, I will provide an overview of liberalism as a theory of human freedom centered on individual autonomy, self-ownership and self-realization. When thought about this way, Liberal, Islamist and Left perspectives, far from being mutually exclusive, can be thought of as variations within a broader liberal tradition.

– Anarchism: What it is, and its relevance for our times

While ‘anarchy’ is often wrongly associated with chaos and disorder, it is worth remembering that anarchism represents a long tradition of political thinking and organization, especially in the current global-historical moment wherein liberalism is typically regarded as the only acceptable political paradigm. This discussion will aim to introduce the audience to the basic premises of anarchism, and its critique of liberalism and capitalism. Along with a short historical introduction, the presentation will also reflect on the possibilities of anarchism as a viable project in the face of the failures experienced by the Latin American ‘Socialism of the 21st century’ and the rise of right-wing militant movements such the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The basic thrust of this presentation will be to suggest that in its twin oppositions to statism and economic exploitation, anarchism presents an ethos that deserves greater attention from those demanding freedom as a political and social goal.

About the Panelists

Arsalan Khan is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Union College, NY, USA. He completed his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on ritual, gender and ethics in the Islamic revival in Pakistan and speaks to the relationship between Islam, secularism and modernity.

Omar Shaukat pursued his graduate studies in the United States and South Africa, focusing his interests on the thought of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, and philosophy of religion and theology more broadly. He also maintains active research interests in political theory, film studies and global politics. From this fall, he will start teaching Philosophy in the Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, at the Institute for Business Administration (IBA), Karachi.

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When: Thursday, 18th August 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Rs. 100


Workshop 2: Celestial Events

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Saturday, 13th August 2016 | 5:30 – 8:30PM

Karachi Astronomers Society and The Second Floor (T2F) present a series of Astronomy workshops being conducted under “Science Ka Adda”, a PeaceNiche initiative.

Each workshop will entail a detailed two-hour presentation followed by a Q/A session and will end with telescopic observations, provided the sky is clear.

We hope that through these workshops, science enthusiasts can come together and learn from our team of amateur astronomers who have dedicatedly given their time to broaden interest in Practical Astronomy – a subject that is rarely explored in depth within the parameters of our formal education system.

Workshop 2:
Celestial Events

About the Workshop:
Learn about various events that occur in the sky above conjunction, opposition, transit of planets, lunar eclipse and the types of moon. Join in for a rooftop telescopic observation.

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When: Saturday, 13th August 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs. 300 (per workshop)


Workshop 1: Exploring the Solar System

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Friday, 12th August 2016 | 5:30 – 8:30PM

Karachi Astronomers Society and The Second Floor (T2F) present a series of Astronomy workshops being conducted under “Science Ka Adda”, a PeaceNiche initiative.

Each workshop will entail a detailed two-hour presentation followed by a Q/A session and will end with telescopic observations, provided the sky is clear.

We hope that through these workshops, science enthusiasts can come together and learn from our team of amateur astronomers who have dedicatedly given their time to broaden interest in Practical Astronomy – a subject that is rarely explored in depth within the parameters of our formal education system.

Workshop 1:
Exploring The Solar System

About the Workshop:
How was our Solar System created? Learn more about planets, asteroids, comets, moon phases, sightings and the wonders of our solar system, including telescopic observations of the moon and the planet, Saturn.

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When: Friday, 12th August 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5:30PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Rs. 300 (per workshop)

Note:
*There is no pre-registration for these workshops. Fee is per workshop on first-come, first-served basis. Seats are limited.


Remembering John Elia

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Sunday, 7th August 2016 | 7:00 – 10:00PM

Remembering John Elia

Conversations with Zehra Nigah, Pirzada Qasim, Peerzada Salman, Wusatullah Khan, Khalid Ansari, Shakeel Adilzada & Asif Farrukhi.

Moderated by Mohammad Hanif.

“It appears that a lifetime of active participation in literary and cultural life of the City has made John Elia an icon – a symbol of our literary legacy.” – Raja Asghar

Born in a family of intellectual giants like Rais Amrohvi, Syed Muhammad Taqi and Shafiq Hasan Elia, John Elia was one of the greatest poets Urdu language has ever produced. An anarchist in the truest sense of the word and a nihilist to the core, Elia mastered Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit and Hebrew. Since his death in 2002, Ellia has attracted a cult-like following and to this day captivates the imagination of literary enthusiasts.

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When: Sunday, 7th August 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)


Science Ka Adda presents: ‘Intelligent Life Out There?’

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Saturday, 6th August 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30PM

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
― Carl Sagan

While film, literature, and pop-culture is fraught with images of extraterrestrial life, there is little evidence to support ET life in scientific circles.

Join us as Salman Hameed traces the history of how the idea of ET life evolved from being a pop subject to being a scientific one. Hameed will also delve into some of the challenges associated in thinking and imagining about ET intelligence, and it’s personal, cultural, and scientific implications.

About the Speaker
Salman Hameed is Charles Taylor Chair and Associate Professor of Integrated Science and Humanities in the School of Cognitive Science at Hampshire College, USA. He grew up in Karachi and developed his interest in Astronomy there. Salman holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from New Mexico State University at Las Cruces and a B.S. in Physics and astronomy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He teaches interdisciplinary classes, including “Aliens: Close encounters of a multidisciplinary kind”, and hosts the online astronomy video series in Urdu, Science ka Adda (sciencekaadda.com), which is a joint-collaboration with PeaceNiche.

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When: Saturday, 6th August 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)


First Fridays: Open Mic Night

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Friday, 5th August 2016 | 6:30 – 9:00PM

Join us at T2F on the first Friday of August 2016 for an open mic session featuring emerging talent.

T2F’s First Fridays Open Mic is a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, and props. Look for our host, Natasha Noorani, who will put your name down on the list.

Musicians get 15 minutes/3 songs and everyone else gets 10 minutes.

Registration will commence at 6:45 pm and close at 8:00 pm.

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When: Friday, 5th August 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)