Associate Professor at the Department of Religious Studies, Connecticut College, Sufia Uddin, will address the legacy of Kazi Nazrul Islam. He lamented British rule in India, religious conflict and violence. In his poetry and essays he condemned zealots. Uddin will explore the roots of his pluralist perspective and understanding of Islam in the life of the nation, Bengali society, and his own life
Uddin draws on her work in Bengali culture and influence on nation building. In her book, Constructing Bangladesh: Religion, Ethnicity, and Language in an Islamic Nation, she explores how Bengali Muslim literature and ethnicity shape and inform notions of community and the creation of Bangladesh.