ULAB Literary Salon to discuss freedom of speech today

With the restricting of the circle of reason and freedom of expression, and with writers and media under attack in South Asia and elsewhere, a timely and necessary discussion in Dhaka.

After hosting in August a session on the Partition and its effects with Professors Niaz Zaman and Sayeed Ferdous in Dhaka, Prof. Rituparna Roy, founder-trustee of Kolkata Partition Museum, and Aanchal Malhotra, a New Delhi-based writer who has written two engaging books related to the western Partition, the ULAB Literary Salon will showcase a discussion on one of the most pressing issues of our time: freedom of expression. The event will take place at 5 PM today, September 17, at the ULAB Research Building Auditorium on Satmasjid Road, Dhanmondi. 

Writers of both fiction and non-fiction have come under increasing pressure and censorship across South Asia. Moreover, media persons and media houses across South Asia have, besides being bullied by censorship, come under outright attack by both state and non-state actors. Free speech and liberal opinion are threatened as never before.

To discuss these issues, the fifth ULAB Lit Salon brings together a diverse group of experts drawn from policy and its practice, publishing, and media: Khushi Kabir, coordinator of 'Nijera
Kori', Trustee of the Centre for Policy Dialogue and among Bangladesh's best-known advocates for human rights; Himanjali Sankar, Editorial Director of Simon and Schuster in India/South Asia; Zafar Sobhan, Editor of Dhaka Tribune; and Sudeep Chakravarti, South Asia analyst, author, columnist and, currently, visiting faculty at ULAB. Sarah Anjum Bari, Books Editor at The Daily Star and a faculty member at ULAB, will helm the conversation.

The ULAB Literary Salon is free and open to all. 

The Lit Salon is an initiative of the Department of English and Humanities at ULAB—University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. The Lit Salon is a first of its kind literary platform in Dhaka to bring together writers, readers, publishers and thought leaders from Bangladesh and elsewhere in South Asia in an informal, engaging setting. 

Once a month, each month, the ULAB Lit Salon offers Dhaka's literary minded a Saturday evening of book launches of leading authors, book readings, discussions, book signing, and sale of books at a discount by The Bookworm and ULAB Press, ULAB Lit Salon's partners.

More information is available on ULAB Literary Salon on Facebook and on Instagram.


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