Upcoming Panel Discussion, Musical Performance to Explore Facets of Pakistani Culture

Monday, April 06, 2015

The UNCW campus and Wilmington community are invited to “Childhood in a Security State: Growing up in the U.S. and Pakistan,” a panel discussion from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 in Morton Hall room 100.

UNCW faculty from multiple disciplines will discuss the challenges involved for children growing up and issues for parents during times of global insecurity.

The event is made possible as part of the State Department-funded partnership between UNCW and the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI). The three-year grant is designed to allow the two universities to implement a collaborative model of professional development in teaching, research and community service.

“This panel discussion is part of a larger series the IIUI-UNCW grant team has sponsored this semester,” said Cara Cilano, a professor of English and principal investigator of the grant. “Our goal is to heighten awareness about the many facets of Pakistani culture. We decided to explore this topic in particular since the rise of the security state within both countries has worked in parallel.”

Cilano and grant team members Carrie Clements and Dan Masters spent this past spring break in Islamabad. They met their IIUI colleagues, visited Lok Virsa, a folk and heritage museum in Islamabad, and dined with the Cultural Affairs Attaché at the U.S. Embassy.

On April 14, artists from the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, Pakistan will give a free public performance at 7:30 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. The following day, students from a number of classes, including journalism courses in English, communication studies and music, will have the opportunity to interact with the visiting musicians at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in Morton Hall room 100.

The April 8 panel discussion is free and open to all. Attendees are encouraged to stay after for an interactive question-and-answer session.

For more information on the partnership and these events, please see