Join The Second Floor (T2F) for an evening with Pervez Hoodbhoy as he shares his new project, ‘The Eqbal Ahmad Centre for Public Education’, and highlights the perils of Karachi’s new nuclear power plants.
The Eqbal Ahmad Centre for Public Education Website seeks to foster the use of science and reason to understand nature and society and so better enable citizens to participate fully in the political, social, economic, and cultural life of their society; to exercise their democratic rights and responsibilities; to value human rights, democracy and the rule of law; to promote cultural and religious diversity; to raise awareness of global issues and the natural environment; and to advance the goals of international peace and justice.
Karachi’s Nuclear Power Plants – Can Karachi deal with a nuclear accident – even a relatively small one? Two massive nuclear reactors of untested design are shortly to be installed by China on the beachfront of a megapolis teeming with 20 million people. Will they be safer than Japan’s Fukushima reactors? Will they be able to survive malfunction or a terrorist attack?
Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy is distinguished professor of physics and mathematics at Forman Christian College-University in Lahore, Pakistan. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees, all from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Subsequently he taught for 37 years at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. He is a recipient of the Baker Award for Electronics and the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics. He was visiting professor at MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Maryland. In 2003 he was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science.
In 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was invited to the Pugwash Council. He is a sponsor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and a member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists. In 2010, Dr. Hoodbhoy received the Joseph A. Burton Award from the American Physical Society and the Jean Meyer Award from Tufts University. In 2011, he was included in the list of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. As the head of Mashal Books in Lahore, he leads a major translation effort to produce books in Urdu that promote modern thought, human rights, and emancipation of women. In 2013, he was appointed as member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament.
Date: Friday, 10th January, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi