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This year’s Freer Symposium explores the visual arts and other expressive media of the recent uprisings in the Arab world. It brings together internationally acclaimed and award-winning journalists, writers, bloggers, activists, cinematographers, photographers, cartoonists, and scholars whose work explores or makes use of image-based modes of communication.
Friday, November 15, 9am-5pm
Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington
Panel 1: The Girl and Cat of Tunis: The Arts of the Tunisian Revolution
Lina Ben Mhenni, “A Tunisian Girl: Photo-Blogging and the Recording of Regime Crimes”
Nadia Khiari, “Internet and Press Cartoons in Tunisia”
Discussant: Christiane Gruber
Panel 2: Video-Blogging and the Egyptian Uprisings
Wael Abbbas, "Video-Blogging: Police Crimes, Internet Activism, and the Egyptian Revolution"
Discussant: Juan Cole
Panel 3: On the Walls: Visual Activism and Mural Arts in Egypt
Mona Abaza, “The Chronicle of the Memorial Space of Mohammed Mahmud Street”
Jennifer Pruitt, “Monumentalizing the Ephemeral: Ganzeer and the Rise of Cairene Street Art”
Discussant: Nama Khalil
Panel 4: The Performing Arts in Libya and Syria
Khaled Matawwa, “A Tent for Henrik Ibsen: What the Arab Spring Means to Me”
Stephennie Mulder, “Beeshu’s Laugh: The Arts of Satire in the Syrian Uprising”
Discussant: Nancy Linthicum