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Drones, Desis and Diaspora

"I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey.” This was a statement made by 13 year old Zubair whose sister Nabeela was injured in a drone strike in North Waziristan. When countless incidents like this happen, how do we, as a diaspora, articulate a sense of indignation? 

Despite being historically displaced as the diaspora, in what way can we express, navigate and channel our frustrations at the violence enacted upon those who exist in a reality that we can struggle to imagine. 

This evening of poetry and discussion with Zainab Zahra Syed will attempt to examine these difficult questions. Zainab Zahra Syed, a Pakistani activist and spoken word poet, has worked as a poetry workshop facilitator at the women’s prisons in Rhode Island and performed at poetry venues in the US, Pakistan and Australia. Her scholarship and poetry focuses on the Middle East and South Asia, with specific attention paid to humanized politics.

Later Event: August 22
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