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Events 2008-2009

September 2008

September 12-13. URDU FEST. Cotemporary and Historical Facets of Urdu and its Literature.

From South Asia, Europe and North America MESA has brought together three generations of scholars of Urdu and its literature for enlightening and inspiring discussions on Urdu and Urdu literature's past, present and future. All presentations will be aimed not only at fellow scholars but at students of comparative literature and of South Asia generally. The keynote speech is by the renowned critic, poet and novelist Shamsur Rahman Faruqi. In addition to a full day of academic panels the University also hosts an informal evening of poetry and a reading by S R Faruqi from his recent novel Kai chand thay sar-e asman, in both Urdu and English. For more information seeUrduFest


March 2009

March 27. Greg Mortenson, the author of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peaceā€¦ One School at a Time, appeared at the Virginia Festival of the Book to discuss his work building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Listen to a podcast of his talk.