Lahore Literary Festival in New York 2019


‘Lahore literary festival – a safe place for dangerous ideas.’ —The Guardian

‘Rarely has an event framed around books and ideas felt so urgent.’ —New York Review of Books

The Lahore Literary Festival (LLF), one of South Asia’s premier cultural events, returns to Asia Society New York for the fourth iteration of the festival in New York. LLF in New York will explore contemporary Pakistan, through artists, writers, and commentators. The festival will present American audience with a more nuanced view of Pakistan, with discussions on fiction and nonfiction writing, art, architecture, history and politics.


11:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks
• Razi Ahmed, Founder and CEO, Lahore Literary Festival
• Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, New York

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Lahore, Art and Literary Icons
Salima Hashmi, artist, activist and author of The Eye Still Seeks: Pakistani Contemporary Art
• Khaled Ahmed, contributing editor Newsweek Pakistan, and author of Sleepwalking to Surrender: Dealing with Terrorism in Pakistan
• Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor, Cornell University
• Raza Rumi (moderator), Director, Park Center for Independent Media, Ithaca College; faculty Cornell Institute for Public Affairs; and Editor NayaDaur Media

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.: Writing Stories of Food
• Madhur Jaffrey, actress, food and travel writer, author of James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame cookbook, An Invitation to Indian Cooking
• Sameen Rushdie, author of Indian Cookery
• Sumayya Usmani, writer and author of Summers under the Tamarind Tree
• Ahmed Ali Akbar (moderator), freelance writer, podcaster, editor and video host

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.: US-Pakistan: Continuing Challenges
• Richard G. Olson, United States ambassador to Pakistan, 2012- 2015 and the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2015- 2016
• Shuja Nawaz, former director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, and author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and The Wars Within
• Madiha Afzal, Visiting Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institute, and author of Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State
• Jennifer Griffin (moderator), national security correspondent for FOX News Channel 

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: Lunch Break

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: New Fiction, Pakistan’s Bold New Voices
• Sarvat Hasin, author of The Wide Night and You Can't Go Home Again 
• Taymour Soomro, former corporate lawyer and author of Philosophy of the Foot, a short story published in The New Yorker
• Zarrar Said, author of Pureland, a fictionalized account of the life of Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate
• Osama Siddique (moderator), Harvard Law School, Law, Faculty Member

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.: Imagery of the Afterlife in Islamic Gardens
• Nerina Rustomji, Associate Professor of History, St. John's University, and author of The Garden and the Fire: Heaven and Hell in Islamic Culture
• Nur Sobers-Khan, Lead Curator for South Asia Collections at the British Library, London, and Associate Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies, Habib University, Karachi

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Stretched Ecosystems: Impact of Belt Road Initiative on Pakistan’s Environmental Ecology
• Aban Marker Kabraji, IUCN Asia Regional Director; awardee of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence), a Pakistan Civil Award for 2018
• Erum Sattar, Professor of Law, Pace University; water rights and water management expert
• Marc-André Franche, Chief of the UN Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund supporting over 40 countries; formerly the Country Director of the UN’s Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan, 2013-2016, where he led a team working on governance and climate change adaptation
• Issam Ahmed, (moderator) is a Journalist with the AFP who has formerly written for The Guardian, DAWN and Christian Science Monitor

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Free Speech in South Asia
• Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University; MacArthur fellow; author most recently of The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics
• Wendy Doniger, former Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of History of Religions at the University of Chicago and author Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva and Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook, among others
• Manan Ahmed (moderator), Associate Professor, Columbia University

Followed by an "Evening with Zia Moyheddin," an evening of poetry and music from Pakistan's renowned orator and actor Zia Moyheddin and flutist Haider Rahman. For tickets, click here

Event Details

Sat 04 May 2019
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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$60 Members; $70 Students/Seniors; $80 Nonmembers
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