[act-ma] Interesting panel discussion and event

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Thu Apr 28 12:36:08 PDT 2016


*Save the date:*
*Friday, May 6, 2016*
*7:30 pm at Old South Church*
*645 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston*

*Reception to follow*

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*CROSSING BORDERS The Writer and The Artist: Israel and Palestine *

Please join us for a panel discussion about the ability of art and
literature to address and respond to the spectrum of realities in the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Literature and the arts engage the core of
our humanity at once emotionally and intellectually. The conversation we
have with a painting, a story, or a poem can surprise and enlighten
us.  The author’s words and the artist’s images create unique ways to see
what confronts us—from outside and from within.  Their voices encourage us
to suspend judgment, enter unfamiliar places, and listen with great care.
They enable us to encounter, if not understand, who we are and who we are
not.  The panelists will talk about their work and how the arts can
accommodate various points of view, even conflicting ones, and in the
process reveal complex realities of this struggle that the media often fail
to address.
*Save the date:*
*Friday, May 6, 2016*
*7:30 pm at Old South Church*
*645 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston*

*Reception to follow*
*Moderator*
*Sara Roy* (Ed.D. Harvard University) is a senior research scholar at the
Center for Middle Eastern Studies specializing in the Palestinian economy,
Palestinian Islamism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Roy is also
co-chair of the Middle East Seminar, jointly sponsored by the Weatherhead
Center for International Affairs and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies,
and co-chair of the Middle East Forum at the Center for Middle Eastern
Studies.  Dr. Roy began her research in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in
1985 with a focus on the economic, social and political development of the
Gaza Strip and on US foreign assistance to the region. Since then she has
written extensively on the Palestinian economy, particularly in Gaza, and
on Gaza’s de-development, a concept she originated.

*Panelists*
*Amira Hass* is the *Haaretz* correspondent for the Occupied Territories.
Born in Jerusalem, she is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors.  She
joined *Haaretz *in 1989, and has been in her current position since 1993.
As the correspondent for the territories, she spent three years living in
Gaza, which served as the basis for her widely acclaimed book, *Drinking
the Sea at Gaza*. She has lived in the West Bank city of Ramallah since
1997. Hass is also the author of two other books, both of which are
compilations of her many articles.

*Lisa Suhair Majaj,* a Palestinian-American writer, was born in Iowa,
raised in Jordan, and educated at the American University of Beirut and the
University of Michigan. Her poems and essays have been published widely,
and her collection *Geographies of Light* won the 2008 Del Sol Press Poetry
Prize. Her poetry will be used in the 2016 exhibition *Aftermath: The
Fallout of War—America & the Middle East *at the Harn Museum of Art,
University of Florida. She lives in Cyprus.

* Helen Zughaib *was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle
East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art. She
received her BFA from Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing
Arts.  Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the
US, Europe and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private
collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress,
American Embassy in Baghdad, and the Arab American National Museum.  In
2008 she was invited to Palestine as US Cultural Envoy where she led
workshops with women artists in Ramallah.
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