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AMAS Lecture: "SyrianamericanA: A Nation-State of Mind"

Omar Offendum
Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:00-5:30 PM
Aud D Angell Hall Map
From the jasmine tree-lined courtyards of Nizar Qabbani's Damascene homes to the flooded riverbanks of Langston Hughes' Harlem Renaissance poems, this unique performance-lecture is equal parts presentation / conversation. With a decade-long artistic journey that has both paralleled the rise of social media & borne witness to major sociopolitical shifts in Syria, Omar Offendum discusses how he's been able to develop a special blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry to bridge cultural divides.

Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper / poet living in Los Angeles. Known for his unique blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry, he’s been featured on prominent world news outlets, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, collaborated with major museums & cultural organizations, and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups. A graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, he’s been able to carve a distinct path for himself as a thoughtful entertainer / activist able to speak to a multitude of relevant issues & diverse global audiences over the course of his decade-long career. Offendum was recently named a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow for 2018-2019.
Building: Angell Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Activism, Culture, Discussion, Diversity, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Free, Inclusion, Interdisciplinary, Language, Lecture, MESA, Middle East Studies, Multicultural, Poetry, Politics, Social Impact
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS), Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Global Islamic Studies Center, Center for World Performance Studies, Department of American Culture

The Global Islamic Studies Center organizes a number of public events each year such as lectures, conferences, and films, many in collaboration with other U-M units. Please use our searchable events calendar for information about upcoming programs sponsored by GISC and the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar (IISS).