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About

Symposium in Pakistan is a program aiming to share liberal arts education and seminar-style humanities discussion with students in Pakistan. Launched in 2013, Symposium has brought opportunities to China, Singapore, Thailand, India and Japan, benefiting hundreds of local students and facilitating cross-cultural dialogues. And in 2017, Symposium is coming to Pakistan!

The program is organized and led by alumni and students of Columbia University and other global universities; this summer marks its first year running in Pakistan and will serve high school students from Grade 9 and above.  The program will be free of cost and will last for a week, conducted in English. Programming includes seminar style humanities discussions, daily reading assignments, writing exercises and various events such as guest speeches and talks from both the alumni and current students. Tentative reading syllabus includes Plato's Symposium, Montaigne's Essays and Cervantes' Don Quixote. A detailed schedule and agenda will be announced closer to the program start date.

 

Logistics

 

Islamabad

July 24 - July 30, 2017

12 - 4 PM

Location: TBD

 

Karachi

August 11 - August 19, 2017

2 - 6 PM

Location: TBD

 

Lahore

August 02 - August 09, 2017

2 - 6 PM

Location: TBD

 

Join Us

If you are interested in joining our operating team and discussion leaders:

If you are a high school interested in hosting Symposium:

If you are a student interested in attending our summer programs in one of the three cities:

 

Tentative Syllabus

Plato, Symposium

Plato, Symposium

Montaigne, Essays

Montaigne, Essays

Cervantes, Don Quixote

Cervantes, Don Quixote

John Locke, Political Writings

John Locke, Political Writings

Machiavelli, The Prince

Machiavelli, The Prince

 
 
 

 

 

Contact

For more information or answers to your questions, please e-mail at symposium.pakistan@columbia.edu.

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