The second edition of the Lahore Literary Festival in New York, #LLFNYC2017, commences this evening, May 6, and features an array of opinion leaders, thinkers and artists—including two Pulitzer Prize winners among other celebrated speakers.
Like last year’s debut, this latest event, which is being co-presented with Asia Society as part of a three-year association, is sold out. But you can catch all the scintillating discussions live from 725 Park Avenue through the free webcast at AsiaSociety.org/Live.
Here’s the program for the event (please note, all timings have been converted from Eastern Standard Time to Pakistan Standard Time for your convenience):
7 p.m. (PST)
7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Is Fake News Crowding Out Real News?
Ahmed Rashid, author of five books, including the bestselling Taliban
Amb. Robin Raphel, former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia
Tom Freston, former CEO of Viacom and MTV; board member, VICE
Amna Nawaz (moderator), anchor and reporter, ABC News
8:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Imagination as Imagery
Shahzia Sikander, MacArthur fellow, contemporary artist
Du Yun, 2017 Pulitzer-winning composer
Ali Sethi, singer and writer
Rachel Cooper (moderator), director, Asia Society’s cultural initiatives
9:30 – 10:15 p.m.
The Sound of Data Darbar
Tahira Syed, classical singer
Raza Rumi (moderator), columnist, policy analyst, and journalist
11:15 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Lahore: Of Kings and Commoners
F. S. Aijazuddin, art historian, author, and columnist for Dawn
Navina Najat Haidar, curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
12:15 – 1 a.m.
Populism and the Global Rise of Strongmen
Basharat Peer, author of A Question of Order; op-ed editor, The New York Times
Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Saskia Sassen, Co-chair, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University
Akbar Noman (moderator), Adjunct Associate Professor, SIPA, Columbia University
1:15 – 2 a.m.
Where Conspiracies are a Pastime: Satire and Escapism in Fiction and Beyond
Mohammed Hanif, author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Nadeem Aslam, author of The Golden Legend
Dwight Garner (moderator), literary critic, The New York Times
2:15 – 3:15 a.m.
Notes from the Raga
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies
Ikhlaq Hussain, performer
Dr. Azra Raza (moderator), translator and oncologist
5 – 7:30 a.m.
Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers