Thanks to Marshal Zeringue!
Interviewed a member of University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) about their new report, which focuses on the final two months of the war in Sri Lanka, and in particular, its ramifications for civilians. Listen to SAJA webcast here (follow links). Apologies for technological difficulties… unexpectedly ran tech for the show, which I had never done before.
Reading and on a panel myself, shortly… so off I go.
The world, it is a different place. Come talk about it.
A Discussion on the Diaspora
and Political Engagement in the Post-War Era
With the military conflict between the Sri Lankan state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over, much post-war discussion concerns the future of the country’s Tamil citizens. As international furor grows over the 250,000+ internally displaced people in government camps in the country’s north, the question remains: what is the path forward for minorities in the Sri Lanka? Protests by the Tamil diaspora show that many abroad still see militarism and secession as necessary to meet the aspirations of Tamils in Sri Lanka. The presentations and discussion will attempt to open up debates about the political future of Sri Lanka’s minority citizens.
With Presentations By:
Varuni Thiruchelvam, cello
Sashi Selvendran / Lanka Solidarity
reading by V. V. Ganeshananthan / Lanka Solidarity
Author of “Love Marriage”
Ahilan Kadirgamar, Sri Lanka Democracy Forum (SLDF)
Cenan Pirani / Lanka Solidarity
Saturday, May 23th 2009 | 6:00PM
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street
4th Floor New York, NY 10004
Directions: Alwan is located in the Financial District between Broadway & Broad St
Subway: 4,5 Bowling Green / R,W Whitehall / 2,3 Wall Street/ J,M Broad Street / 1,9 South Ferry
New stuff on the Articles page (Sepia posts), as well as on the Reviews page (an article by Smriti Daniel, whom I spoke to when I was in Sri Lanka for the Galle Literary Festival).
Also: a discussion I moderated at the Asia Society, in New York. Full video is online… see here for Sri Lanka at a Crossroads: Humanitarian Crisis Looms as Government Forces Approach Victory.
Interestingly, the article describes me as an expatriate. That’s not true, although I would be proud if it were—I think immigration takes a special brand of courage. That said, I was born American. And am equally happy with that!
I’m regularly blogging over at the Mutiny. Check out my most recent post.
Love Marriage was reviewed in The Washington Post! It’ll be in tomorrow’s print edition, but you can read the review online now. The lede of the piece references (among other things) an essay I wrote when I was 19 and a freshman in college.