Crawling Out from Under the Rubble: On Becoming Iconoclasts

There are already engaged Lebanese academics and artists, iconoclasts, and they are making a difference, but more need to engage beyond their classrooms, books and academic journals, and ‘ateliers’, to be in the act of researching people, themselves, the dynamics of oppression and the politics of social interactions and injustices, to become aware of the people’s often unknowingly complicit in the process of oppression, to create knowledge in and through meaningful participation and action with others, to bring people together and contribute to finding reasons of solidarity, to transform boundaries into spaces where lives and pedagogies are constructed together in ways that work for social justice and lead to powerful possibilities, and where dialogic and open-ended praxis based on more collaborative and caring relationships is promoted. Continue reading Crawling Out from Under the Rubble: On Becoming Iconoclasts

Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture Interreligious Dialogue Regional Curriculum in the Arab World – March 26, 2021 Webinar

We were honored to discuss our course outline Dr. Nadia Wardeh and I with our esteemed colleagues in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Qatar. Higher education in Southwestern Asia is in need of innovative regional curricula that promote dialogue towards conviviality and inclusive societies. Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture March 26, 2021 Webinar. Continue reading Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture Interreligious Dialogue Regional Curriculum in the Arab World – March 26, 2021 Webinar

Upcoming Anthology “The Beirut Call. Harnessing Creativity for Change”

Dear colleagues and friends, kindly spread the word about our upcoming anthology. “The Beirut Call. Harnessing Creativity for Change” presents diverse perceptions and expressions that speak to Lebanese in their homeland and in the diaspora, and it also transcends the borders of Lebanon as contributors address glocal issues—war, peace, memory, history, identity, creativity, cultural resistance, … Continue reading Upcoming Anthology “The Beirut Call. Harnessing Creativity for Change”

Art for Social Change: Nabad, the Nonprofit behind The Beirut Call

The Beirut Call, coming out this April 2021, is one of Nabad’s latest projects in Lebanon. This anthology offers a collection of first-hand accounts by artists, scholars, poets, and activists exploring the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion on August 4th of 2020. Over 20 voices have come together for this publication and proceeds from … Continue reading Art for Social Change: Nabad, the Nonprofit behind The Beirut Call

“Interreligious Dialogue in the Middle East: the Case of Lebanon” Course at Saint Joseph University – Beirut – March 2021

Thanking my students from Germany and Spain for making it worthwhile to introduce them to interreligious dialogue in Lebanon while the country is collapsing. To Maria, Lucia, Hannah, Joris, Leonard, Charlotte, Nikolaus, Ludwig, Nathan, Jacob, Guillermo and Eleni: you definitely encouraged me to keep struggling for conviviality. I hope this course inspired you to learn … Continue reading “Interreligious Dialogue in the Middle East: the Case of Lebanon” Course at Saint Joseph University – Beirut – March 2021

Towards Inclusive Societies: Middle Eastern Perspectives – Virtual Book Launch

It was a pleasure seeing you again and celebrating together Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture and CAFCAW new publication “Towards Inclusive Societies: Middle Eastern Perspectives”. For those interested in the subject, the book is available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3t8pb5i Continue reading Towards Inclusive Societies: Middle Eastern Perspectives – Virtual Book Launch

Nabad: The Lebanese-Palestinian cultural initiative giving momentum back to cultural actors – by Elaraby.co.uk

Read the full article on the Nabad program and its projects in Lebanon, written by Florence Massena and published by London-based news website The New Arab – Elaraby.co.uk “The heart of Beirut – devastated by the August 4 explosion – was the home of many artists, cultural actors, and companies that were part of the social fabric … Continue reading Nabad: The Lebanese-Palestinian cultural initiative giving momentum back to cultural actors – by Elaraby.co.uk