Ikram Lakhdhar invites you to an evening of poetry reading and conversation with her mother, Tunisian Poet, Sondes Baccar. For her independent study, Lakhdhar translated excerpts from Baccar’s poetry from Arabic to English for the first time and will share moments of intimacy and discovery during the process. This filial exchange is an exploration of the role of translation to transcend cultural and linguistic borders. The event will include an introduction by Kathy Engel, Poet and Chair of Department, Art & Public Policy, NYU Tisch School of the Art.
Presenters & Affiliations:
Sondess Baccar, Poet and Teacher, Ministry of Education and Culture, Tunisia
Ikram Lakhdhar, M.A. Candidate (’18), Art & Public Policy Department, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Introduction by Kathy Engel, Chair of Department, Art & Public Policy, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Sondess Baccar is a Tunisian Poet and Teacher of Arabic language. She is the author of three books of poems and has presented in numerous poetry conferences in the Middle East and the North Africa region, and Europe. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her poetry and activism. She currently serves as the regional President-elect of the Tunisian Writers Union.
Ikram Lakhdhar is an M.A. Candidate in the Arts Politics program, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Originally from Tunisia, she earned her B.A in International Relations and Museum Studies from Connecticut College where she curated her Honors Thesis exhibition and symposium on the Arab Spring. She previously worked as an External Affairs Associate at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington D.C and interned at cultural institutions in Buenos Aires, Johannesburg and Tunis. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Bemore Art, Arts.Black and Tunisia Live. She is the co-Founding Editor of a publication and resource for critical discourse based in Washington D.C, Virginia and Maryland.