The Institute for South Asia Studies and the Berkeley Urdu Initiative are proud to host an evening of Urdu literature. The event will focus on the theme of justice. Celebrated Urdu writers from around the Bay Area will present original works.
Featuring Bay Area poets Arshad Rasheed and Salman Siddique, and recitations of poetry by Ishrat Afreen, Mir Anis, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Habib Jalib, Sahir Ludhianvi, Kishwar Naheed, and Parveen Shakir.
A light reception will follow the event.
Admission will be free.
We hope to see everyone there!
The Berkeley Urdu Initiative was officially launched in September 2011 to sustain, enrich, and expand the Urdu Studies program at the University of California, Berkeley. UC Berkeley is a global leader in the study of South Asia, and one of very few institutions in the United States to offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs focusing on numerous aspects of this vital region. As an integral part of the South Asia curriculum, interest in the study of Urdu is growing rapidly. The Urdu Initiative is committed to strengthening our engagement with this subject in the years ahead. Our present priorities for Urdu Studies at Berkeley include raising money to:
Establish a journal dedicated to Urdu Studies
Create a fund to support Urdu programming
Create an artist/scholar-in-residence program
Create an endowed book prize
We look forward to working with supportive individuals and organizations to accomplish these goals.
More about the initiative and how you can support it HERE.
Please note that parking is not always easily available in Berkeley. Take public transportation if possible or arrive early to secure your spot.