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Tariq Ali is Eqbal Ahmad Lecturer: November 17

British-Pakistani writer, journalist, and filmmaker Tariq Ali delivered the Twelfth Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture at Hampshire College on November 17, 2009. The lecture, at 4 p.m. in the Robert Crown Center, was open to the public and free of charge.

Tariq Ali
Ali is the author of more than 20 books, including history, politics, and fiction. His most recent books are Protocols of the Elders of Sodom (2009) and The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power (2008). He is a regular contributor to The Guardian, New Left Review, and the London Review of Books. He has written scripts for both stage and screen and produced films and documentaries.

Ali's lecture was titled “Obama’s Afghan-Pak Syndrome.” With spillage from the war in Afghanistan destabilizing neighboring Pakistan, Ali argued that an immediate exit strategy is vital both for the region and for the United States.

The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship, and activism of the late Eqbal Ahmad, who was a longtime Hampshire College professor. Professor Ahmad’s faculty colleagues, former students, family, and friends from around the globe have joined together to make this lecture series a continuing celebration of his life and work. Previous Eqbal Ahmad Lecturers include Kofi Annan, Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, and Seymour Hersh.

For further information, contact Jackie Jeffery at 413-559-5379, or jmjDO@hampshire.edu.

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