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Building Bridges Program Director Zeyba Rahman and Scholar Hussein Rashid Discuss Cultural Connection and the Arts in an Interview With Author Wajahat Ali

Zeyba Rahman, director of the Building Bridges Program, and Hussein Rashid, scholar and Building Bridges Program advisor, discuss their essay "An Urdu of the Twenty-First-Century United States" in an interview with renowned writer and TED Talk speaker Wajahat Ali. In this lively conversation, the coauthors reveal the impetus behind their essay, which was published in the New York University Press anthology titled “Are the Arts Essential?,” talk about Urdu as an allegory for cross-cultural connection and unity, and reveal why the arts are “a superpower” to be found in every profession, practice and personal pursuit.

Watch "'Are the Arts Essential?': Finding and Fostering Community Through the Lens of Urdu" above or on YouTube.