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Talk explores politics in Pakistan

Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, 4:30 p.m. • 16 Robertson Hall

"State of Denial: Politics, Islam and Nuclear Weapons in Pakistan" is the title of a talk by physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy of Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Hoodbhoy is chair of the Department of Physics at Quaid-e-Azam University, where he has taught for 33 years. He has won several awards for contributions to education in Pakistan as well as the UNESCO 2003 Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science.

Hoodbhoy also is involved in numerous social issues, including women's rights, the environment and nuclear disarmament. He is author of "Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality" and chairman of Mashal Books, a nonprofit organization based in Lahore that publishes books in Urdu on social, philosophical and scientific issues. He also has produced and directed several documentary films dealing with political, nuclear and scientific matters.

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program on Science and Global Security.

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