Auditing Terrorism: A Panel Discussion

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When: Thu, March 31, 2016. 7:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Join Pi and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement for an exploration of the connections between the global financial system and terrorism. We’ll be looking at the belief in fundamental ideologies from capitalism to religion—what do they have in common and how far do people go to defend their convictions? 

Pi Theatre will be presenting The Invisible Hand by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar at The Cultch in April. This high stakes thriller follows Nick Bright, an American capital funds manager for the Citi Bank Corporation in South Asia, into a terrifying world of kidnapping and unrest in a remote region of Pakistan. As Nick negotiates to save his own life he begins to see his captors in a new light. The Invisible Hand is a complex look at how far we’ll go to save ourselves and asks: “what is the ultimate cost of our actions?” This panel discussion is an opportunity to extract one of the play’s central themes and explore it in more detail. 

“In our day and age, not to understand how deeply finance has informed and defined our relationships is to miss an important part of what it means to be alive right now, in this civilization” - Ayad Akhtar


Samir Gandesha is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. He is co-editor with Lars Rensmann of "Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations" (Stanford, 2012). His book (coedited with Johan Hartle) "Reification and Spectacle: The Timeliness of Western Marxism" (University of Amsterdam Press) is forthcoming later this year and he has also recently completed (also with Johan Hartle) "Poetry of the Future: Marx and the Aesthetic."

Adel Iskander is a Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of several works including Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution; Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism; Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation; and Mediating the Arab Uprisings; and Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring. Iskandar's work deals with media, identity and politics and he has lectured extensively on these topics at universities worldwide. Iskandar has previously taught at Georgetown University, the American University (Washington, DC), and the University of Texas-Austin. He has given over one hundred keynote or invited lectures across the world and is a frequent commentator on international press and media. He is a co-editor Middle East ezine Jadaliyya and an associate producer of the online audio journal Status. 


Minelle Mahtani is  host of "Sense of Place" on Roundhouse Radio every morning, from 10-12pm, on 98.3 on your FM dial. Her show engages with geographical imaginations and questions of creative serendipity and belonging in our city. She is on leave this year from her position as Associate Professor at University of Toronto Scarborough, where she has taught for more then ten years in the Department of Georgaphy and Planning, and the Program in Journalism. She is a former television producer at the CBC. Dr. Mahtani is author of the book, "Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality" and co-editor of the volume, "Global Mixed Race." She is a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Winner, Former President of the Association of Canadian Sudies and Former Chair of the Centre for Excellence on Immigration and Settlement in Toronto and has more than once been accused of being a terrorist because of her Iranian background.

This is a FREE event and open to everyone! 

Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Pi Theatre.

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