NYC EVENT: Achal Prabhala on Intellectual Property, Human Rights, and Public Health in India, Apr 30, 2007 @ 4:00pm

On Monday, April 30, 2007, Fordham Law School will be hosting Achal Prabhala, an activist and journalist from India. Achal has been working on a variety of projects linked to patents and public health issues with the Lawyer’s Collective and the Alternative Law Forum in India on a series of recent challenges to the Indian Patent Act. In one high profile case that has far-reaching implications for the intersection between intellectual property and public health, a Swiss pharmaceutical company is appealing the rejection by the Indian Patents Office of its application for a particular cancer drug — raising questions about whether property rights should limit public health considerations.

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NYC FILMS: Young, Angry and Muslim & Bradford Riots, Apr 21, 2007 @ 2:00pm

Young, Angry and Muslim (2005, dir. Julian Hendy), 48 min
In the wake of the London Underground bombings in July 2005, Navid Akhtar, a British Pakistani Muslim, journeys across the country to explore the tensions and alienation within his community and asks how this has contributed to the terror attacks. As part of his passionate and very personal documentary, Akhtar also returns to his parents’ Kashmiri village and agonises over whether to sell the land he has inherited from his recently deceased father.

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NYC FILM: Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music, Apr 22, 2007 @ 8:00pm

Combining music documentary and social documentary, MUTINY: Asians Storm British Music charts the meteoric rise of Asian music in 1990s Britain, as well as the decades of cultural cross-pollination and political struggle that led up to that historic moment. Shot independently on digital video over the course of seven years, MUTINY features Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, Fun^Da^Mental and a host of other British musicians of Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi descent, presenting these artists and their music at extreme close range.

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NYC EVENT: SABANY Public Interest Fellowship Benefit, Apr 19, 2007 @ 7:30pm

On Thursday April 19, 2007, the South Asian Bar Association of New York will host its fourth annual public interest fellowship benefit. The benefit raises money to provide fellowships for law students working in unpaid, public interest summer internships. At the event, the 2007 recipients will be announced. Each of them will be awarded a minimum $3,000 fellowship. Information about past SABANY fellowship recipients is available here.

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NYC EVENT: Poetry Reading, Slide Show, and Book Signing with Purvi Shah, Apr 3, 2007 @ 12:30pm

Purvi Shah serves as Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a community-based anti-domestic violence organization. She has presented routinely on Sakhi’s 16 years of work to build community awareness and change attitudes which perpetuate violence, and has been a featured speaker at national women’s conferences, government convenings, and policy panels.

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