By Anjum Altaf
In September I was in the US for a month for a series of lectures and presentations. Three of them were recorded and are available for public viewing. I am linking them here for those who might be interested in any of the topics which are very varied.
Most of the talks are on YouTube so a proxy would be needed for viewing them in Pakistan because of the continuing ban on YouTube. I am presuming readers are technologically adept enough to navigate their way to a solution.
University of Michigan, Center for South Asian Studies
April 5, 2013
POVERTY AS A HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERN
University of California at Berkeley, Institute for South Asia Studies
September 8, 2014
HOW TO (REALLY) FIX PAKISTAN’S EDUCATION SYSTEM
Cornell University, College of Art, Architecture and Planning
September 16, 2014
PERSPECTIVES ON SMALL CITIES IN PAKISTAN
(More easily viewed here in two parts):
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
September 24, 2014
PAKISTAN’S LONG MARCH: REFLECTIONS ON THE ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS IN ISLAMABAD
There was one earlier presentation I made to the incoming freshmen class at LUMS during Orientation Week on August 28, 2014. The theme was that effective training requires a solid foundation of general education. It is much more sensible to educate first and train later rather than to train first and (try to) educate later. The latter strategy almost always fails leaving behind unidimensional professionals.
LUMS, Orientation Week
August 28, 2014
BUNYAAD KUCH TO HO
The objective of these talks is to start public conversations. No change is possible unless there are ideas in circulation about which people engage each other converging through discussions to understandings that can energize political action. It is not enough to be passive readers. I would like you to use the space for comments to air your views and especially your disagreements.
Now to the funeral:
All these presentations were made when I was the dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS. Soon after my return from the US I died in that role and was reborn as provost of Habib University in Karachi. Incidentally, Habib University has the kind of foundational education that was the theme of the lecture at LUMS. For details see the description of the liberal core at Habib.