Friday, December 7, 2007

Join Bangladesh Genocide Seminar at Kean University

Bangladesh 1971: Intolerance, Violence and Genocide

Location: University Center Theater,
Kean University
1000 Morris Ave, Union, NJ

Date: December 9, 2007

Program Schedule:
3:30pm:: – ::4:00pm Exhibition and happy hour in University Center Pre-function Lobby
4:01pm:: – ::4:05pm Welcome Note and Introduction by Bernard Weinstein, Ph.D.
4:05pm:: – ::4:10pm Welcome by Graduate Dean, Kristie Reilly, Ph.D.
4:10pm:: – ::4:20pm Welcome by College President, Dawood Farahi, Ph.D.
4:21pm:: – ::5:00pm A short movie.
5:00pm:: – ::5:05pm Introduction of Speakers
5:05pm:: – ::6:45pm Speeches of the Key Note speakers
6:00pm:: – ::6:30pm Personal accounts of Eye witnesses/survivors/family members
6:46pm:: – ::7:00pm Conclusion of the program

Dr. Rounaq Jahan
Faculty, Columbia University
New York

Rounaq Jahan joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1990 as a senior research scholar at the Southern Asian Institute and as an adjunct professor of international affairs, School of International and Public Affairs. She has taught the following graduate courses: Women and Development: Key Policy Issues (1991-95); Gender, Politics and Development (1998); and Arsenic Crisis in Bangladesh (2000). She is an author to many articles and books. One of her books in regards to the political conflict of East and West Pakistan is Pakistan: Failure in National Integration (New York: Columbia University Press, 1972). Her article "Bangladesh Genocide" was published in the book "A Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts" edited by Samuel Totten, William Parsons, Israel Charny (New York, 2004).

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Dr. Abm E. Nasir
Assistant Professor of Economics
North Carolina Central University
Durham, NC

Prof. Nasir has received Ph.D from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and has been a faculty member in NCCU. He has numerous articles and presented in many conferences. He has a deep interest in the political and economical issues in Bangladesh as well as in South Asia. His has written various articles about Bangladesh and also organized as South Asian Conference in NCCU on November 16, 2007.

Dr. Nuran Nabi
Cranbury, New Jersey

Dr. Nabi earned his Ph. D in Cell Biology from Kyushu University, Japan. After post doctoral research at New York University, he joined Colgate Palmolive Company Research Center. He is the inventor of Colgate Total toothpaste technology. Dr. Nabi has more than 50 patents and 50 publications to his credit. Recently he has retired as an Associate Director of R&D after 22 years of service at Colgate. He is one of the leading cultural activists in NJ. He used to be the president of NJ Bengali Association and one of the forming members of FOBANA. He was a freedom fighter during 1971 war. He is also an author of numerous books in relation to Independence war of Bangladesh of 1971.

Dr. Sachi G. Dastidar
Chair, Politics, Economics and Law Department, and
Distinguished Service Professor
State University of New York
Old Westbury, NY

Dr. Sachi (Sabyasachi) Ghosh Dastidar is a Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Politics, Economics and Law Department of the State University of New York at Old Westbury. He has also taught in Florida , Alabama , Kazakhstan and India . He was a policy maker as an elected Board Member of New York City School District 26 with 225,000 people. Dr. Dastidar has authored seven books and over 100 articles, essays, short stories and travelogues. He has received two dozen awards and honors. He is the co-founder of Probini Foundation ( New York ) that educates the orphaned and the poor in 18 institutions in Bangladesh , and India .

Dr. Halimur Khan
Assistant Professor of Russian & Leadership
US Air Force Academy,
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Halimur Khan, Assistant Professor of Russian and Leadership, teaches and conducts research on Russian language, literature, Russian area studies, and leadership. He is a core faculty member at the Strategic Languages Division at the US Air Force Academy. Halimur Khan is originally from Bangladesh, has been educated in Russia and in the US, and has three Masters degrees, one of them from Harvard University (2006) on International Education Policy and Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Russian Language, literature and Area Studies from the University of Michigan. He has been a faculty member at Oberlin College, Georgetown University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan and Colgate University prior to joining the USAF Academy. He is the author of numerous journal articles and is expecting his book, Russian Literature and Islam: A Cross-cultural Dialog to be published in June 2008.

Survivor and family member of victims

In this seminar there are people who will share their tragic, horrifying experience of the Genocide and Killing in 1971. they are either eyewitness of the event, survivor or family member of the victims. Due to time limitation during the seminar, we will not be able to accommodate more people. But we encourage all to to share with us their personal account. We will be benefited if all of you take part in making a oral history project with video or audio recorder or digital camera or cell phone. You can send those material to us. more over you can always send us information of such family members or victims so that we can contact them. We appreciate your effort. The following people will be sharing with us:

Dr. Zia Ahmed and his mother will share how Dr. Ahmed, their father and husband, respectively, and the Principal of Sylhet Medical College, was killed by Pakistani Armed forces.

Dr. Masud will share how his father, the chief Surgeon of Chittagong Medical College and himself were picked up by Pakistani forces, shot to kill, and then dumped in the ground. Miraculously, Dr, Masud survived but his father did not.

Mr. Fahim Reza Noor will share how his father, a senior journalist was picked up by Pakistani forces and killed.

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