The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative is proud to launch Pakistan@Berkeley, a new student-led speaker series in which prominent Pakistani writers, artists and public intellectuals share their ideas about where Pakistan is going economically, socially and politically, with Berkeley and the larger community.
The inaugural event in this series is a conversation with famous Pakistani author and journalist, Mohammed Hanif.
DATE: Friday, April 2, 2021
TIME: 9am Berkeley | 4pm London | 9pm Lahore | 9:30pm New Delhi | 10pm Dhaka Calculate Your Local Time
This event will also be live streamed on the Institute's FB page: ISASatUCBerkeley
Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan. After leaving the Pakistan Air Force Academy to pursue a career in journalism, he worked for Newsline and The Washington Post, and in 1996 moved to London to work for the BBC. He has written plays for the stage and the screen, including a critically acclaimed BBC drama and What Now, Now that We Are Dead?
Hanifs first book, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, was published in 2008. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award and won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Regional Prize for best first book. His second novel, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, was described by The New York Times as a deft, evil little novel of comic genius. His books have been translated into 22 languages.
After 12 years in England, in 2008 he returned with his family to live in Karachi, Pakistan. He is currently working on a novel and librettos for two operas, Bhutto and The Dictators Wife.
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The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.