Terrorist Crisis directory
October 31, 2001
South Asia experts host public forum on crisis November 8
By Jennifer McNulty
A free public forum, "The Current Crisis: Focus on South Asia," will take
place on Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m. in Classroom Unit 2 at UC Santa Cruz.
The symposium will feature a panel of distinguished scholars who specialize in Afghanistan,
Pakistan, and the global dimensions of the crisis that began September 11. The event
is sponsored by the UCSC South Asia Studies Initiative.
Participants include a UC Davis professor who has spent 25 years studying the caves,
rivers, and mountains of Afghanistan and a UCSC language instructor who spent the
past six years in Pakistan. Each speaker will offer remarks that will be followed
by a moderated discussion and questions from the audience. A brief description of
each presentation follows.
- Afghanistan: Mountains, Peoples, Cultures: Nigel J. R. Allan, a professor
of environmental design at UC Davis, is a scholar of the environment, ethnicities,
and cultures of Afghanistan.
- Inside Afghanistan: Wali Ahmadi, assistant professor of literature at
UC Berkeley and a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, is a scholar of modern Persian culture
- History Hits Back: Dilip Basu, an associate professor of history at UC
Santa Cruz and a native of India, is a scholar of British colonial history and current
South Asian history.
- Inside Pakistan: John Mock, a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, teaches the Hindi
and Urdu languages. He spent the last six years in Pakistan and specializes in the
tribal languages of the Northwest.
- Afghan Refugees in Pakistan: Jonah Steinberg, an anthropology doctoral
student at the University of Pennsylvania, is working on a dissertation about Afghan
refugees. He has spent several years in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.
- Globalization and Knowledge: Nirvikar Singh, a professor of economics
at UC Santa Cruz and a native of India, specializes in international economics and
has been monitoring the global dimensions of the current crisis.