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Tahira Irfan

Exchange Student, Central Washington University

We're From Pakistan


Tahira Irfan and Hamza Zulfiqar share their parallel journeys to the states from Pakistan and what prompted them to make the move.

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Life of Working Travelers

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 05, 2013

Can home be anywhere you want it to be? This may seem like an obvious question, but with work and multiplte belongs it may prove to be a challenge. Smith Schwartz and her husband had decided, since their jobs can be done from anywhere with a wifi connection, to sell their belongs and tavel around the world. They hope to change how people think about work and share their experiences with others. 

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from Erfurt to Pakistan (and back)

@ VOL 2 ON NOV 22, 2014

Karen Pilgrim talks about her experience in her study abroad and internship experience in Pakistan. She explores the culture, people, lectures, and places in Pakistan.

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Even Though We're Here

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 15, 2015

"When you step out of your comfort zone, THAT is when the magic happens, THAT is when you realize the true strength of your capabilities"

In "Even Though We're Here" from Bandar Seri Begawan Vol.4Dragons And Pixie Dust’s self-taught special effects make-up artist Muaz Al-Rashid’s shares the story his childhood curiosity on how Jim Carey was turned into The Grinch got his creative engine running. From looking up for inspirations on YouTube to someone telling him to just do it to actually ripping himself out of his comfort zone, Muaz invites us to join him (being unafraid to do what you’re passionate about) as he brushes his way into being resourceful with what little he could work with to complete his vision.

This was "Presenation of the Day" on Tuesday October 6, 2015.

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A Sparkling Bridge between Pakistan and Colombia

@ VOL 12 ON APR 16, 2015

Colombian-Pakistani jeweler Aysha Bilgrami takes inpiration from both backgrounds to enrich her unique designs. She shared the creative process for her latest collection, featuring precolumbian shapes combined with traditional techniques from Pakistan.

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Inviting the Indigenous Sports World to Edmonton

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"We have to get back to that circle where we're sitting together because that was the intention—that we're all Treaty people. We have a responsibility and an obligation to the lands, the waters, to each other and to our children."

In "Inviting the Indigenous Sports World to Edmonton" from PechaKucha Night Edmonton Vol. 28, Jodi Stonehouse sheds light on the beauty of the World Indigenous Nations Games soon to visit Edmonton—what they mean for the city, for Indigenous peoples, and for every one of us looking to grow and reconcile together.

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The World of Eyebex

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 17, 2018

In this presentation, Wajahat Malik showcases his adventures in Pakistan with the help of non-pretty pictures. He tells stories through his photos and also talks about his disdain for the perils of Mass Tourism in Pakistan.


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Fragmented Places

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 30, 2018

Saulat Ajmal is an artist who recently relocated to Lahore from New York after having lived and worked in the US over the past fifteen years. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts at the Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting from Hunter College. 

Born and raised in Pakistan, Saulat Ajmal trained in the arts of miniature painting before moving to the United States. She immersed herself in the contemporary art world offered by New York City, where she attended college. Her practice ranges from large-scale conceptual abstraction to installation and performance art. In an endeavor to place herself between her past and her present, she looks for ways to fabricate a new reality where tradition, culture, politics and nature continue to exist in a constant state of flux.

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Burning Questions: Why Dance, and Why Pakistan?

@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Being a dancer in Pakistan raises a lot of eyebrows and a lot of questions. In her presentation, Gillian Rhodes answers the two most common questions - what inspires you to dance, and why are you here?

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We're All in This Together

@ VOL 14 ON AUG 23, 2018

Lyndsay Morris turned the loss of a loved one into an opportunity for hope and eternal optimism.