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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), University Musical Society*, 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).