Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Panel Discussion

Tipton Hall

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Free and open to the public.

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Panel discussion with Beau Beausoleil, SFUAD contributing faculty member Donna Ruff, and Santa Fe artists Lauren Camp and Suzanne Vilmain. This discussion will take place in Tipton Hall.

Beausoleil and the artists will engage in a panel discussion about what it means to use art in a project that bears witness to a crisis in another society. They will tackle issues that emanate from violent attacks like the one on al-Mutanabbi Street, such as the impact on the Iraqi society of readers and writers; community responses to the constant killing that targets the self-identity of a country; the role of academics, writers and artists in political issues like this; and how such attacks resonate within the cultural histories of other societies. An anthology edited by Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi called Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here will be available for purchase during the event.

This is part of SFUAD's Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Exhibition that runs from Feb. 8 - March 22 in the Fine Arts Gallery on campus.

On Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. there will also be a screening of Iraqi films at Tipton Hall on the SFUAD campus. These 17 short films, shot between 2004 and 2011, were produced by a variety of sources, including Al Jazeera International, students in documentary classes at the Independent Film and Television College (IFTVC) in Baghdad, and the German Institute of Human Rights and Goethe-Institut Irak (as part of the project Human Rights Matter). Each short film opens a window into the life of ordinary Iraqis.

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