9 a.m. | CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:30 a.m. | OPENING REMARKS
Devon Akmon, director, Arab American National Museum
ONGOING | WHAT GETS SAID OVER TEA: AN INTERACTIVE ARCHIVE PROJECT
In this collaborative history/herstory project about diaspora, participants are invited to drink tea together, have a conversation guided by a specific prompt and leave a personal response.
10-11:15 a.m. | EATING THE OTHER: A MIZNA READING
For 15 years, Arab writers have had a platform in Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America. Three writers will read from the recent food-themed issue, Eating the Other.
Lana Salah Barkawi, Ph.D.
Christina Najla LaRose, Ph.D. candidate
Mejdulene B. Shomali, Ph.D.
11:30-12:45 p.m. | REREOUTED: ARAB AMERICAN CREATIVE PRACTICES IN CAIRO
Four Arab American female artists discuss shifts in their creative practice since moving to Cairo, creating a space to consider the connections that Arab Americans maintain to their roots abroad.
Amanda Kerdahi M.
12:45-1:45 p.m. | LUNCH
1:45-2:45 p.m. | THE NEW ARAB AMERICAN AVANT GARDE
Leyya Tawil and Mike Khoury perform Tawil’s work Atlas. Donia Jarrar performs Batn el Hawa, a multimedia collaboration with photographer Ahmad Odeh. Followed by artist talk and collective improvisation.
3-3:45 p.m. | MOTHER OF GOD!
A storytelling performance-in-progress sharing a Lebanese American writer-performer’s negotiation of her mixed-faith background as she attempts to create her first commissioned work – about the representation of Muslim women in the U.S. as a focus of ideas about freedom, security, and the “clash of civilizations”.
Moderator: Jumana Salamey
4-5:15 p.m. | GULF LABOR: ART, MIGRATION, ACTIVISM AND CONFLICTED LOYALTIES
Established museums and autocratic states in the Arabian/Persian Gulf are creating cultural districts that embrace Arab and Middle Eastern art. For Arab Americans, whose art has not been welcome at established U.S. art venues, this offers a safe haven to showcase their work. However, as reports of abject labor conditions in the Gulf region are reported, Arab artists may face a conflict of conscience.
Hend Al Mansour
6 p.m. | Gallery Walk and Reception
TEN: The Exhibition + Detroit to Baghdad: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
TEN: In commemoration of the AANM’s 10th Anniversary, we present work from 10 exemplary Arab American artists. Their diverse work touches on ideas of identity and place finding, a common theme found in the diaspora. Guest curator Maymanah Farhat and several artists will be on hand for in-gallery discussions.
Detroit to Baghdad: A display of work from the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, an international artistic response to the tragic car bombing in 2007.
6:30-7:45 p.m. | Dinner and networking
8 p.m. | OPEN MIC NIGHT
Kevin Gerard Rashid, host
9 a.m. | CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:30-11 a.m. | THREADING ORAL HISTORY AND CULTURAL CLOTHING: “BEYOND THE VEIL” PROJECT AT THE MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM
The panel will share the experience and results of the 2014 joint project carried out by AMWRRI (Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute) and Milwaukee Public Museum, putting together a highly successful exhibit entitled Beyond the Veil: Dress, Identity and Tradition Through the Eyes of the Muslim and Arab Women of Greater Milwaukee.
Enaya Othman, Ph.D.
Eugenia Afinoguénova, Ph.D.
11a.m.-12:15 p.m. | A HUM IN THE WATER: A POETRY READING
Moderator: Alise Alousi
The Map of Memory – Hedy Habra, Ph.D.
Discovering Baghdad: How Writing My Father’s Story Took Me to the Tigris – Lauren Camp
After the Rain – Lamees Al Ethari
12:30-1:30 p.m. | LUNCH
1:30-2 p.m. | THE ARAB SPRING THROUGH THE CARTOONS OF KHALID ALBAIH
Art has played a critical role in the Arab Spring. Khalid Albaih, a Sudanese cartoonist living in Doha, Qatar, discusses how his Khartoons document the politics of change.
Moderator: Isra El-beshir
2:15-2:45 p.m. | MOHAMMAD BAYOUMI—PIONEER OF EARLY ARAB CINEMA
Nearly all films made in the Arab region before the arrival of sound are lost. Only Mohammad Bayoumi’s eight films have survived and they remark on a pre-national era.
Moderator: Rola Nashef
3-4:15 p.m. | IN/VISIBLE: Ten Years Later
Artists Doris Bittar, Athir Shayota and Helen Zughaib reflect on their participation in the AANM’s inaugural exhibition In/Visible, as well as discuss their current work and the art scene over the past decade.
Moderator: Maymanah Farhat
4:30-5:45 p.m. | THE NOVEL AS PASSPORT: LITERARY MAPS OF ARAB DIASPORAS
How does contemporary fiction map Arab diasporic identities? This panel investigates novels that challenge the hegemony of nation-states through literary explorations of Arab identity, hybridity and citizenship.
R. Benedito Ferrão
Leila Ben-Nasr, Ph.D. candidate
Deborah Al-Najjar, Ph.D. candidate
6-7:15 p.m. | DINNER AND NETWORKING
7:30 p.m. | NOT JUST 1,001 NIGHTS: A PERFORMANCE CABARET BY THE ARAB AMERICAN CRITICAL PERFORMANCE INTIATIVE
Various members of the Arab American Critical Performance Initiative [AACPI] will share their performative work in a cabaret format representing the spectrum of diversity of the arts within our group. The six members will perform 10-15 minutes of stand-up comedy, dance, performance art, music and performance of ethnography.
Marc B. Boucai
Laila Farah, Ph.D.
Amer Zahr, J.D.
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