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Conference: DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts

Sat, March 26, 2011 9:30 am at CUNY Graduate Center - Elebash Hall

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In partnership with the Arab American National Museum and Alwan for the Arts and the Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC), The Graduate Center, City University of New York

DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts unites Arab American artists, scholars and performers representing myriad academic fields and artistic genres. Activities include presentations of new research into Arab American arts; poetry and prose readings; film screenings; and musical performances. Among the highlights of the conference are panel discussions on the ways Arab American artists have grappled with socio-political contexts in their work, and how they intervene in the reality of war and conflict in various creative genres. Particularly pertinent to the forum this year are the unfolding events in the Arab world and their impact on how Arab Americans perceive themselves as a community and an identity at once independent from and affiliated with the Arab world. Issues of nationalism and music; nostalgia, landscape and memory will cast their shadow as topics and notions that are in flux and ambivalently redefined in ways that highlight the complex richness of Arab civilization and its heritage in the United States, moreover, the reshaping of this heritage in the larger tapestary of American culture.

Delivering the 2011 DIWAN keynote address on March 26 is Prof. Joseph Massad, associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University in New York. He is the author of Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinians. His 2007 book Desiring Arabs was awarded the Lionel Trilling Book Award; he is also a columnist for the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly and the Lebanese daily newspaper Al-Akhbar.

Saturday, March 26, 2011
9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. REGISTRATION & WELCOME (Recital Hall)
Anan Ameri, director, Arab American National Museum

10-11:30 a.m. CONVERGING ON ARAB AMERICAN MUSIC (Recital Hall)
How music gives voice to modern and classical Middle Eastern culture
Moderator Taoufik Ben Amor
An Arab American Voice in Film Music Kareem Roustom
On the Convergence Liberation of Maqam, Flamenco, and Jazz Systems Hafez Modrizadeh
The Iraqi Maqam: Musical Structure and Cultural Synthesis Amir ElSaffar
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch

1-2 p.m. PERFORMANCE BY THE PHILADELPHIA ARAB MUSIC ENSEMBLE (Recital Hall)
Led by Music Director Hanna Khoury and formed by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, this community ensemble of singers and instrumentalists performs a selection of music from Lebanon and Egypt by composers such as Marcel Khalife, Muhammad Abdel Wahab and Sayyed Darwish.

2-3:30 p.m. ART AS INTERVENTION (Recital Hall)
Artists intervene in the reality of war and conflict through multimedia arts, sculpture and film
Moderator Holly Arida
Mapping: Un/Real Cityscapes The Beyrouth: Baghdad Project Youmna Chlala and Dena Al-Adeeb
Responding to the War on Gaza: From Emotion to Metaphor, from Sentiment to Symbol Reem Gibriel
Wounds of the Heart: An Artist and her Nation John Halaka

3:30-4:30 p.m. 2011 DIWAN KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY PROF. JOSEPH MASSAD (Recital Hall)
Introduction by Ahmed Issawi, ALWAN for the Arts
Joseph Massad is associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University. He is author of Desiring Arabs (2007), which was awarded the Lionel Trilling Book Award; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinian Question (2006), and Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (2001). Professor Massad is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and is the book review editor for the journal. He is the author of tens of academic articles and is also columnist for the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly and for the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar.

7-11 p.m. PUBLIC PERFORMANCE by KINAN AZMEH’S CITY BAND (DROM, 85 Ave. A between 5th & 6th Sts.)
Presented by FEN Magazine. Requires tickets, see below.
Celebrate DIWAN’s New York debut at this festive affair featuring the worldly jazz sound of Kinan Azmeh’s City Band and the soulful voice of Alsarah & The Nubatones. Experience a never-before-heard collaboration between some of Arab America’s finest artists.

Click HERE to learn more about the performers and to buy advance tickets for the concert, $10 online. Tickets otherwise are $15 the day of the event.

Last updated: 2011-03-22 02:41:33

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