This event will feature an informal panel discussion with three alumni from the Kevorkian Center’s MA program. Current and former Kevorkian students will meet and discuss life after Kevo and receive career advice from James Ketterer (Dean of Continuing Studies at the American University in Cairo), Emma Alpert (Deputy Director of Just Vision), and Lila Nazemian (Independent Curator). The panelists will share how their experiences at Kevo helped launch their careers, and answer questions with our students and alumni.
James Ketterer is Dean of of the School of Continuing Education at the American University in Cairo and a Senior Fellow at the Bard Center for Civic Engagement. He previously served as Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program - and he taught in Bard’s Political Studies and Global and International Studies programs. Prior to that he served as Egypt Country Director for AMIDEAST. From 2007-2011 he was Vice Chancellor for Policy and Planning and Deputy Provost at the State University of New York (SUNY). At SUNY, he also was director of the Center for International Development and program officer at the Center for Legislative Development. In government, he served on the staff of the New York Commission on Higher Education, the National Security Council staff at the White House and as policy analyst at the New York State Senate. He worked on elections and carried out consultancies for USAID in the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He was a Boren Fellow in Morocco and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Tunisia. He is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, serves on the board of the Swedish Program at the Stockholm School of Economics, is on the organizing committee of the 2020 Transatlantic Dialogue at the University of Luxembourg.
Lila Nazemian is an independent curator. She recently joined ArteEast as the Special Projects Curator focusing on the organization’s fundraising initiatives as well as public programming. Recent and forthcoming curatorial projects include: “Now that We Have Established a Common Ground” opening in February 2021 in collaboration with Assembly Room, New York; "I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name" organized at New York's Center for Book Arts in January 2020; the “On Echoes of Invisible Hearts” series of location specific exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from Yemen and the Diaspora, the first took place in October 2018 at Berlin’s Poetry Project, the second edition opened at Station Beirut in April 2019, and the third is forthcoming at Washington D.C.'s Middle East Institute in January 2021; and “Spheres of Influence,” which opened at Tehran’s Mohsen Gallery in April 2016. In 2017, she was the U.S. Projects Director at CULTURUNNERS, where, on behalf of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), she managed a Saudi artist residency in New York and supported various American Museums to produce their exhibitions of Saudi art. Prior to this, she was the Curatorial Associate at Leila Heller Gallery, New York. She received a B.A. in History from Scripps College, California; and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from N.Y.U., New York. She is a QAYYEM 2019 Curatorial Fellow, was among the inaugural participants of the 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program in New York and participated in ICI’s 2018 Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok. She will be participating in the International Curator in Residence program at Doha's Fire Station this Winter 2021.
Emma Alpert is the Deputy Director of Just Vision, an organization that highlights the power and reach of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity and equality. In this role, she oversees Just Vision's public engagement, communications and operations teams in the US, Israel and Palestine. She previously served as the team's Public Engagement Director, leading the organization's outreach and impact strategy to reach Palestinian, Israeli and American audiences including students, educators, faith leaders, community organizers, policy makers, activists and thought leaders. Emma is the impact producer for Just Vision's newest documentary, Naila and the Uprising (2017), which chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh whose story weaves through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history -- the First Intifada. She was also an integral member of the team's impact campaign for the award-winning documentary, The Wanted 18 (2015). Through this work, she has helped to amplify stories of Palestinian-led and Israeli-supported civil resistance movements, grassroots organizing and women's leadership to universities, conferences, think-tanks, faith communities and other audiences across the US.
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