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    Performance Poetry featuring Avaes Mohammad

    Friday, December 31st, 2010

    Tuesday, 4th Jan 2011 | 7:30 pm

    Join us at T2F for an evening of performance poetry featuring London-based alchemist-artist, Avaes Mohammad

    Avaes MohammadAvaes Mohammad is a poet, playwright, and performer with a background in research chemistry. In 2005, Avaes received the Amnesty International Media Award for his poem ‘Bhopal’, broadcast as part of the BBC’s commemoration of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster. His works written for theatre include touring productions of ‘In God We Trust’, ‘Shadow Companion’, and ‘Crystal Kisses’; for radio, ‘Bora Bistrah’ (BBC Radio 3); and for short film, ‘Take It Slow’ (Contact Theatre/BBC Co-production).

    Also committed to participatory work, especially with young people, Avaes regularly delivers creative workshops, using theatre, rap, poetry and science, in educational, community and organisational settings. Teacher-practitioner roles have included facilitation for the Unheard Voices writing programme, amongst others.

    Avaes is part of the Verbalized collective, an internationally touring troupe of British and South African poets, supported by the British Council. He currently works as Associate Writer with the leading London-based theatre company, Tamasha.

    Avaes Mohammad is an alchemist-artist creating challenging, provocative work in response to a challenging, provocative world.

    Date: Tuesday, 4th January, 2011
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
    Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Commemorating the Democratic Students Federation

    Sunday, December 26th, 2010

    Thursday, 30th Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

    Join us at T2F for film screenings on the 1950’s student movement, followed by a conversation with Beena Sarwar, Sharjil Baloch, and Sehba Sarwar

    ‘Aur Niklayn Gay Ushshaaq Kay Qaaflay’

    DSFThis documentary uncovers the story of the Democratic Students Federation formed by students at Dow Medical College in 1949. Led by Mohammad Sarwar, DSF initiated an Inter Collegiate Body comprising units in Karachi colleges and put together a list of education-related demands for the government’s attention. The government’s refusal to meet them led to a call by the ICB and DSF for observe Demands Day on Jan 7, 1953. The High School Students Federation actively supported them. Police firing that day killed several students and passers-by, catalysing the DSF into a nation-wide movement for students’ rights. It brought together students across political, ethnic and religious divides – until it was banned, following the Pakistan government’s signing of the Baghdad Pact in 1954. Although short-lived, DSF had a huge impact and continues to inspire progressive forces in Pakistan.

    About Sharjil Baloch

    Sharjeel BalochSharjil Baloch grew up in Pakistan’s western-most province Balochistan, attending schools in remote areas where his father was posted as an irrigation official. He qualified as a medical doctor from Bolan Medical College in Quetta but shortly afterwards, decided to follow his real passion, filmmaking. He has directed several documentaries and plays since 2001. He also acts, writes, plays the flute and paints. He currently works with the BBC in Karachi as a video producer.

    About Beena Sarwar

    Beena SarwarBeena Sarwar is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. She has a degree in Studio Art and Literature (Brown University 1986) but an internship at the Karachi evening paper, The Star, left her addicted to journalism. She has held senior editorial positions at various publications. After obtaining a Masters in Television Documentary from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2001), she has produced and directed several documentaries and news reports. She was part of Geo TV’s launch team in 2002 and currently works with Aman ki Asha, a peace initiative of the Jang Group and the Times of India.

    Dissent/Descent

    Sehba SarwarDissent/Descent is a short documentary on an event organised by Voices Breaking Boundaries and Sehba Sarwar in Houston.

    About Sehba Sarwar

    Sehba Sarwar (VBB Founding/Artistic Director) is a writer, multidisciplinary artist and activist. Her published works include a novel (Black Wings), and essays, short stories, and poems (in journals, anthologies, and newspapers including the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Callaloo and Asia). She has been visualizing and producing VBB shows for ten years, and she produces VBB’s living room art productions.

    Date: Thursday, 30th December, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
    Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Aag Dekhi, Paani Dekha, Aur Angaray Dekhay

    Sunday, December 26th, 2010

    Wednesday 29th Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

    Join us at T2F for a talk by Rakshanda Jalil as she revisits the furore over ‘Angaray’ and discusses the beginnings of the Progressive Movement in Urdu Literature.

    Rakshanda JalilRakhshanda Jalil is the Director of Media and Culture at Jamia Millia Islamia, in New Delhi. Presently on extended leave, she is pursuing a Ph.D. on the “Progressive Writers’ Movement and Its Impact on the National Freedom Struggle”. She has also taught English at the University of Delhi and the Aligarh Muslim University and worked as an Assistant Editor at the India International Centre. Rakhshanda Jalil writes on issues of faith, culture, and literature and has edited several collections of stories, writings, and essays. She also runs Hindustani Avaaz, an organization set up to position and popularize Hindustani literature and culture.

    Date: Wednesday, 29th December, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
    Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Celebrating Mirza Ghalib

    Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

    Tuesday 28th Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

    Mirza GhalibThe mighty Ghalib is considered by many to be the most dominating poet of the Urdu language. He wrote most of his popular ghazals between the ages of 19 and 25 and is hailed as the father of modern Urdu prose.

    In addition to being one of the finest historians of his time, Ghalib was the original hippie: subversive, rebellious, and unconventional.

    Join us at T2F as we pay a tribute to the myriad dimensions of Ghalib’s genius. The program features the screening of a short film on Ghalib by Yousuf Saeed, as well as readings of his works and letters. Aslam Farrukhi, Asif Farrukhi, Mohammed Hanif, Arshad Mahmud, Zaheer Kidvai and other Ghalib aficionados will participate. We may also have a surprise guest :-)

    We welcome audience participation so if there’s anything you’d like to share, please bring it along.

    Date: Tuesday, 28th December, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
    Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    UTH OYE! + T2F = TRUE LOVE

    Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

    Uth Oye!

    UTH OYE! is a socially conscious clothing label that funds and supports sustainable community based causes. They disappeared off the face of the earth for a year but now, they’re BACK with a Brand Spankin’ New Lineup of Tees! After seeing what they’ve been up to, we have forgiven them for disappearing. It takes time to do things right!

    Come to T2F on 24th December 2010 and see for yourself. UTH OYE!’s AWESOME tees will be on sale from 12 noon to 10:00 pm. BE THERE!

    THIS JUST IN: The Cheapmunks will be performing LIVE at T2F at 7:00 pm on Friday, 24th December.

    Dude, Where's My Country?

    WHAT: Launch of UTH OYE’s Fresh Lineup of Tees and Merchandise
    WHEN: Friday, 24th December 2010 | 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
    WHERE: T2F 2.0

    In mid 2010, when ‘the person responsible for keeping a straight face when telling older people that the business is, in fact, called UTH OYE!‘ contacted us for a meeting, we were intrigued. When he told us that he’d been stalking T2F for 2 years, we were alarmed. When he said, UTH OYE! loves T2F and would like to support our work, we were overwhelmed. Since then, all sorts of wonderful things have happened and our respect, admiration, and love for UTH OYE! has grown exponentially.

    UTH OYE! supports several other projects in addition to T2F:

    Solar Lamps
    Back to School
    The Five Rupee Meal
    Timber! Not.

    UTH OYE!’s website is an absolute joy to look at and read. PLEASE have a look at all the incredible work that they’re doing and of course, BUY their clothing so that they can continue to support great projects.

    We try to avoid superlatives and hyperbole but really, with UTH OYE!, it’s impossible. We have also been stalking them for a while now and they are just the most wonderful, passionate, amazing group of people we’ve met in, like, forever. We urge you to get to know them too.

    Summary for the supremely lazy (concept totally ripped off from Uth-Oye’s website)

    - UTH OYE! makes super cool, quirky clothing
    - You buy their gear
    - They use a percentage of profits to support community projects

    What’s not to like?

    Uth Oye!

    Meet Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi and Listen to Readings of His Works by Sohail Maqbool

    Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

    Thursday 23rd Dec 2010 | 7:30 pm

    Mushtaq Ahmad YusufiMushtaq Ahmad Yusufi is an outstanding Urdu satirical and humor writer, regarded as Pakistan’s best Urdu humorist. Yusufi Sahab has also served as the head of several national and international governmental and financial institutions. He likes Ghalib, Hawkesbay, bhindi and the smell of newly printed currency notes.

    Read more about Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi at All Things Pakistan.

    We are truly honored that Yusufi Sahab, a giant of Urdu literature, will be coming to T2F this Thursday.

    Dr. Sohail Maqbool is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He is a radiologist by training and now lives and works in New York. Dr. Maqbool is an enthusiast of Urdu literature and will read selections from Yusufi Sahab’s work.

    Date: Thursday, 23rd December, 2010
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
    Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Science Ka Adda: The Aging Brain

    Saturday, December 18th, 2010

    Wednesday 22nd Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

    Join us at T2F for a talk on “The Aging Brain: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias” by Maheen Mausoof Adamson, PhD

    AlzheimersA recent report indicated that 13.5 million individuals will develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the year 2050 in the US alone. The current lifetime risk for AD for a 65 year old is 10.5%. The AD process in the brain begins years, if not decades, prior to the actual clinical diagnosis. This long pre-clinical phase provides a critical opportunity for potential intervention. Scientists have recently determined definitive criteria for pre-clinical stages of AD. Recent advances in Alzheimer’s research also provide the ability to detect changes in behavior, brain, and bodily fluids before severe clinical symptoms appear.

    The problem for caregivers is that this long pre-clinical phase is overshadowed by the normal aging process where brain and memory performance also decline. However, the decline that happens due to Alzheimer’s or other dementias is far more severe than any age-related changes. It is important to know, as a caregiver, the ten warning signs of AD in order to detect early occurrences. It is also important to know that there are no treatments available for AD, and the drugs available currently only delay the severity or onset of full blown AD. Although genetics and family history are an important factor, research shows that, similar to other chronic health problems, a healthy brain may help delay the onset of AD.

    This presentation will provide an overview of the normal and AD brain, the most updated guidelines to detect AD, the current status on approved medications, and the latest ways to maintain a healthy brain.

    About Maheen Mausoof Adamson, PhD

    Maheen AdamsonDr. Adamson completed her training as a cognitive neuroscientist at University of Southern California. During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Adamson trained with Dr. Weiner (UCSF, PI: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) Neuroimaging Initiative) and Dr. DeCarli (UC Davis) for structural imaging which provided the background for her published work in older civilian pilots genetically at risk for AD. She has collaborated on a functional MRI (fMRI) study with Dr. Wagner at Stanford, a leader in fMRI of memory research. Her work using fMRI and spatial processing in older pilots at risk for AD was recently selected for the “Hot Topics” session for the International Consortium of AD, 2010. She has been honored by an Alzheimer’s Association Northern California Chapter, Kathryn Grupe award and an NIH/NIA Diversity supplement for advanced research. She was selected as a Fellow to the 2005 NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research and 2007 NIMH Summer Research Institute. She is currently the co-editor of an upcoming Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease book “Imaging the Alzheimer’s Brain” and recently organized and chaired a symposium at the International AD meeting in Hawaii, 2010.

    Dr. Adamson is interested in developing new and innovative techniques to capture pre-clinical AD and related dementia through state-of-the art neuroimaging, genetic analysis, and cognitive and neuropsychological testing. She has recently designed a functional neuroimaging study of flight simulator performance in older pilots that investigates the crucial decisions made during landing. She is involved in investigating navigational abilities of older individuals through a computer gaming task. Dr Adamson is also developing and implementing clinical neuroimaging and cognitive testing that improves the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses affecting US veterans such as Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Date: Wednesday, 22nd December, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
    Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Standup Comedy featuring Ayesha Rokadia

    Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

    Tuesday, 21st Dec 2010 | 7:00 pm

    Embarrassing!
    Did you know embarasado in Spanish means pregnant?
    It does.

    But that’s not what this show is about.

    Join Ayesha Rokadia and a group of horrified friends who recall stories of humiliation in this comedy theme night event.

    Ayesha Rokadia

    Date: Tuesday, 21st December, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
    Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Weekend Lootmaar Book Sale

    Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

    Sat 11th Dec – Sun 12th Dec 2010 | 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Lootmaar Book SaleSpend the weekend at T2F browsing through our motley collection of bargain books, magazines, photography calendars and DVDs. Bring lots of cash :)

    A number of wonderful individuals support us by donating books, CDs, and DVDs. Thank you all so much for your generosity.

    If you have used or new books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs that you’d like to donate, please bring them over. We’ll take everything!

    Dates: Saturday, 11th December 2010 and Sunday, 12th December 2010
    Time: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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    Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

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    Alf Laila Wa Laila: A Storytelling Session with Musharraf Ali Farooqi

    Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

    Friday 10th Dec 2010 | 7:30 pm

    Join us at T2F for an evening of storytelling featuring the critically acclaimed writer and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi

    Musharraf Ali FarooqiAlf Laila Wa Laila, also known as One Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, is a collection of South Asian and Middle Eastern stories with a thousand year old history. These popular tales were told in public places for entertainment and we are reviving this tradition with storytelling sessions by author and translator Musharraf Ali Farooqi. Readings from Dastan-e Amir Hamza and Tilism-e Hoshruba are planned for 2011.

    Musharraf Ali Farooqi is the author of the novel The Story of a Widow shortlisted for the 2011 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and longlisted for the 2010 IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. His children’s fiction includes the picture book The Cobbler’s Holiday Or Why Ants Don’t Wear Shoes, and a forthcoming collection The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and Other Stories. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed translations of Urdu classics, The Adventures of Amir Hamza, and the first book of a projected 24-volume magical fantasy epic, Hoshruba. A selection from his translations of contemporary Urdu poet Afzal Ahmed Syed Rococo and Other Worlds was recently published by the Wesleyan University Press Poetry Series.

    Visit Musharraf’s website at http://www.mafarooqi.com

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not bring children to this event as some stories contain adult content.

    Date: Friday 10th December, 2010
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
    Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

    Celebrating South Asian Literature

    Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

    Tuesday 7th Dec 2010 | 6:30 pm

    Liberty Books and T2F are delighted to announce that Musharraf Ali Farooqi and H.M. Naqvi have been shortlisted for the DSC South Asian Literature Award. Please join us for an evening of celebration, readings and conversation with the authors and Muneeza Shamsie.

    The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature celebrates the rich and varied world of literature of the South Asian region. The prize brings South Asian writing to a new global audience through a celebration of the achievements of South Asian writers, and aims to raise awareness of South Asian culture around the world.

    Musharraf Ali FarooqiMusharraf Ali Farooqi is the author of the novel The Story of a Widow shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and longlisted for the IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. His children’s fiction includes the picture book The Cobbler’s Holiday Or Why Ants Don’t Wear Shoes, and a forthcoming collection The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and Other Stories. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed translations of Urdu classics, The Adventures of Amir Hamza, and the first book of a projected 24-volume magical fantasy epic, Hoshruba.

    H.M. NaqviH.M. Naqvi was born about three and half decades ago. In that time he graduated from Georgetown and the creative writing program at Boston University, worked in finance, ran a slam venue, and taught creative writing at B.U. He received a Lannan fellowship, a Phelam Prize, and read verse at Lollapalooza, on NPR and BBC. Presently, he resides in Karachi and smokes Davidoffs.

    Muneeza Shamsie is a Pakistani writer, critic, bibliographer and editor of ‘And the World Changed – Contemporary Stories by Pakistani Women’. The Feminist Press edition in the USA won the Foreword Bronze Award and the IPPY Gold Award for the best anthology by an independent publisher. She contributes regularly to the Pakistani press and international scholarly publications.

    The Story of a Widow and Home Boy will be available at T2F’s bookshop and the authors will sign copies after the readings.


    This event has been organized in collaboration with Liberty Books as part of an ongoing effort to promote and support reading.

    Date: Tuesday 7th December, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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    Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.