A talk by
January 18th, 6:30PM
Room 4-163, MIT
One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists,
David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his
weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 26th year—and with his
books, written with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali,
Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book of interviews with Noam
Chomsky is How the World Works. Barsamian, who was deported from India a
few months due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts discusses the world
affairs, the state of journalism, censorship, the economic crisis and
The South Asia Forum at MIT.
Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia
The Alliance has:
Organized lectures and panel discussions on politcal issues of relevance to South Asia, with noted activists and scholars, such as Asghar Ali Engineer (social scientist from India), Asma Jahangir (human rights activist from Pakistan), Ananad Patwardhan (activist film director from India), Maitrayee Choudhury (on the Uniform Civil Code) and Noam Chomsky
Screened documentary videos and films, such as Eclipse (on the womens movement in Bangladesh and the conservative religious reaction to it), Father, Son and the Holy War (on the symbiotic relationship between patriarchy and religious bigotry in India), The War Crimes File (on unpunished war criminals from the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh) , Something Like a War (Feminist perspective on Reproductive & Sexual Rights in India).
Raised funds for relief work and activist organizations in South Asia, including during the flood in 1998 in Bangladesh
Campaigned in support of civil rights issues, including petitions for jailed garment factory leaders in Bangladesh (2010), release of Dr. Binayek Sen (2009).
Organized cultural events with well-known artists from South Asia, such as Shabana Azmi and Habib Tanvir as well as local artists from the area
Held a Youth Conference (South Asian Solidarity Seminar for Youth 1998) in cooperation with proXsa (Progressive South Asian Exchange Net), FOPA (Forum of Progressive Artists), and SAAAC (South Asian Action & Advocacy Collective).
Observed South Asia Day each August from 1999 to 2010.