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Symposium on Translation and the Making of Arab American Community (November 12, 2021)

Friday, November 12, 2021
8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Please save the date for a one-day symposium on Friday, November 12, 2021, exploring how various modes of translation contribute to the making of Arab American communities in the Midwest.

Coordinated by Khaled Mattawa and Graham Liddell, the symposium will be held on the University of Michigan central campus in Ann Arbor, with option to attend by remote access.

This event is free and open to the public. More information coming soon!

PANEL 1: Translation for Community Needs

This discussion will focus on the translation and interpretation services that are crucial for maintaining wellness and facilitating personal development among Limited English Proficiency (LEP) communities in Michigan, particularly Arab Americans. Moderated by Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine (professor at UM Dearborn), the panel includes Karen Phillippi (director of the Office of Global Michigan), and Anisa Sahoubah (director of ACCESS’s Youth and Education department).

PANEL 2: Arab American Media

This panel will center on the ways that Midwest Arab-American communities past and present have represented themselves in media. Moderated by Graham Liddell (PhD candidate, U Michigan), the panel includes Ali Harb (reporter for Al Jazeera English), Hany Bawardi (professor at UM Dearborn), and William Youmans (professor at the George Washington University).

PANEL 3: Living in Translation

Our final panel will feature a conversation between three prominent Arab-American authors and translators about the aesthetics and politics of Arabic–English translation, within and beyond the realm of literature. Moderated by Nancy R. Roberts (translator of Arabic fiction), the panel includes Khaled Mattawa (poet, translator and professor at U Michigan), Fady Joudah (poet, physician, and translator) and Dunya Mikhail (poet and lecturer at Oakland University).

Reading by Dunya Mikhail
The symposium will culminate in a reading by Iraqi-American poet, Dunya Mikhail.

This symposium is co-sponsored by the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program at the University of Michigan and the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series on Sites of Translation in the Multilingual Midwest.
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: Activism, American Culture, Arab, Arab Heritage Month, Arabic, Arts of Islam, Author, Community, Comparative, Complit, Culture, Fiction, History, Literature, Media, Midwest, Multicultural, Muslim, Poetry, Reading, Symposium, Translate, Translation
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Comparative Literature, Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS)