HUF student awarded presidential scholarship
Leena Warsi, a member of HUF’s 2008 cohort, has just been awarded the extremely prestigious Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship (UEPS). The UEPS program was created in 1973 to make available substantial scholarships for outstanding students at The University of Texas at Austin. Selection is made by a presidentially appointed scholarship committee.
HUF bids farewell to 2010-11 Fulbright Teaching Assistants
HUF faculty and staff gathered Wednesday afternoon to celebrate and bid farewell to the 2010-11 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs). Hajra Butt, Urvashi Kuhad, and Mohammed Rukan helped teach Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali respectively during their 9-month stay at UT Austin.
K-12 Hindi-Urdu students visit HUF
On Tuesday, May 3, the Hindi Urdu Flagship had the pleasure of hosting over 30 ninth-grade students from the Dallas-area Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB) school district. HEB is one of the few K-12 school districts in the nation to teach Hindi at multiple grade levels. HUF students, teaching assistants, and faculty met with the HEB Hindi students… Read More
HUF students and faculty discuss Hindi in translation
The Hindi Urdu Flagship recently hosted eminent Hindi scholar Harish Trivedi from the University of Delhi. As part of his visit, Trivedi conducted a roundtable discussion on issues of translation with members of the UT community, including a number of HUF students and faculty.
HUF to celebrate new graduates
The Hindi Urdu Flagship is hosting a celebration to honor the HUF scholars who have graduated since last May. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00pm in the HUF center. All HUF students, alumni, faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are welcome to attend.
Famed Urdu broadcaster Abul Hasan Naghmi visits HUF
On Tuesday, April 19th, the Hindi Urdu Flagship hosted a talk by famed Pakistani radio broadcaster Abul Hasan Naghmi. The talk, entitled Josh Malihabadi: Devotion and Doubt, was a wonderful exploration of Naghmi’s personal recollections of Malihabadi and his contribution to Urdu literature and culture.
HUF Lecturer nominated for Language Teaching Award
Shahnaz Hassan, the Hindi Urdu Flagship’s principal lecturer in Urdu, has been nominated for the first-ever Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award. Students submitted nominations late last fall based on teachers’ commitment, knowledge, passion, and ability to challenge. The award program is an initiative of the Texas Language Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
An Urdu Novelist’s Journey and the Making of a Post-Partition Muslim
HUF students and faculty joined the wider UT community to hear UT’s own Afsar Mohammad present his recent work on counter-narratives to nationalism in Deccani Urdu fiction.
HUF Director presents research on autobiographical writing in Hindi
On Feb 25th, HUF Director Rupert Snell presented his recent work on the diverse genre of autobiographical writing in Hindi. The talk, entitled Autobiography is Another Story: “Lives” in Hindi, featured audio recordings of a number of Hindi Urdu Flagship students, teaching assistants, and faculty reading from a wide variety of Hindi autobiographies.
HUF hosts lecture on Sufi rock music
Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures at Harvard University, gave a wonderful talk entitled, From Qawwali to Sufi Rock: Exploring Contemporary Expressions of Muslim Devotional Literature on Friday, February 11 in the Meyerson Conference Room at the University of Texas at Austin. Hindi Urdu Flagship students joined UT faculty and graduate students to hear Asani describe the modern Sufi rock phenomenon epitomized by Salman Ahmad and his band Junoon.