May 14, 2020
Faiz Ahmed Faiz touched millions of hearts around the world by exhibiting masterful ingenuity in his writings. He is the only poet of Pakistan who wrote about hope in the times of suffering and sorrow. His poetry resonates a sense of looking forward and being hopeful in spite of the difficulties one may face. The current pandemic is a time when most of us are struggling but life can become easier if one holds on to that elusive yet powerful feeling called ‘hope’.
We invite you to join us for the thirteenth session of LUMS Live: Faiz: Our Poet of Hope as our panelists revisit the teachings of Faiz and discuss the life and poetry of the great poet to keep the spirit of optimism flourishing. Our distinguished panelists include Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra - Educationist, Public Intellectual and Culture Expert, Prof. Salima Hashmi - Artist, Cultural Writer and Painter, and Dr. Anjum Altaf - Writer and Educationist.
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Time: 4 pm (PKT)
Moderated by Mr. Adeel Hashmi, the session will be broadcast live via the LUMS Facebook page. Please click here to listen to Profiles of our panelists are given below.
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Profiles of Panelists
Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra - Educationist, Public Intellectual, Culture Expert, Gender Specialist, Human Rights Activist and Social Nationalist
Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra has gained a prominent position in society due to her exemplary work. Her achievements are attributed to her skills to articulate her intellect powered by her conviction, dedication and leadership quality for education, culture and human rights, especially for women. Among her many achievements, her role as Chairperson, National Commission on Status of Women, Pakistan, contribution to promotion of the arts, especially literature, and teaching are most cherished to her. She has many national and international awards. Dr. Arfa was honoured as a Fellow of National College of Arts, Lahore.
Professor Salima Hashmi - Artist, Cultural Writer and Painter
Recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance, Prof. Salima Hashmi is the elder daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. She represents the first generation of modern artists in the country, who has an identity, which is different from indigenous painters. She taught at the prestigious National College of Arts for about thirty years and served as its Principal for four years. Prof. Salima also runs her own art gallery. She was the Founding Dean of School of Visual Arts and Design at Beaconhouse National University and is Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Anjum Altaf - Writer and Educationist
Dr. Anjum Altaf has a PhD from Stanford University. He was Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS. Subsequently he was the Provost and Vice-President at Habib University in Karachi. He is the author of Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz published from Delhi in 2019 and from Karachi in 2020.