Who is a Muslim?
Nazrul in Contexts

A Talk by Winston Langley

(Winston Langley is Professor of International Relations & Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he previously served as former Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. His academic interests include human rights, international political economy, and models of world order. Co-sponsored by Asian American Cultural Center and the Nazrul Committee of Connecticut. This event is free and open to the public. Those traveling to campus can park at the South Parking Garage.For more information or if you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Cathy Schlund-Vials at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Situated within a U.S. imaginary marked by increased Islamophobia and xenophobia, this lecture considers the ongoing relevance of artist-activist Kazi Nazrul Islam. Known for his life-long dedication to social justice in the face of oppression, Nazrul opposed bigotry in all its forms. This lecture maps the ways in which Nazrul’s politics and poetics are even more urgent today. Made possible by support from the Nazrul Committee of Connecticut in collaboration with the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, this event is part of a public/private endeavor that aims to place the work and activism of the poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) within broader literary political, social, and intellectual ideas and movements.