The Hagop Kevorkian Center and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU kindly invite you to attend our Spring 2019 Arabic Lecture Series. The Series is a student-led initiative to encourage academic and intellectual discussion in Arabic of history, politics and the arts. All events are open to the public, and will take place in the Hagop Kevorkian Center Library, 255 Sullivan St. (at Washington Square South), from 6:00-7:30pm unless otherwise noted. Light refreshments and a reception to follow. All speakers and students of Arabic are welcome to attend.
نائلة الأطرش: الفن...بديل مقاوم
Noted director, film, television and theater actress, acting teacher, and theater scholar Naila al-Atrash will present a lecture on how different art forms practiced by the Syrian people during the uprising contributed to activating critical thinking and to deconstructing conventional ideas of a dictator in order to contest and renegotiate his power over the people.
Naila has directed over 40 major productions in the Arab World, Europe, Africa, and the U.S. Previously, she served as head of the acting program at the High Institute of Theatre Arts in Damascus and contributed to designing the curriculum. She has participated in and/or chaired theater symposia and festival juries around the world. She received her MFA in directing and acting from the National Academy of Theatre and Film (Sofia, Bulgaria). Her involvement as a human rights activist in fighting for civil liberties and freedom rivals her theater work. She received the best actress award at the Carthage Film Festival for her leading role in Chronicle of the Coming Year (1986).
Discussant Omar Alsayyed is a first-year doctoral student on the Culture and Representation track of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department at NYU.
** Please note, this lecture will be in Arabic, not in English **