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Featured Event

THIS ARAB IS QUEER: A CONVERSATION WITH LGBTQ ARABS

SPEAKERS: ELIAS JAHSHAN AND BIBI BAQER. MODERATOR: RICHARD NEDJAT-HAIEM

Thursday, January 26 | 6:00 PMĀ | MCC Theater

Conversation from 6-7:30 PM. Dance from 8-9 PM

Building on the ground-breaking anthology consisting of memoirs from queer Arab writers, we will discuss heart-warming connections and moments of celebration as well as the challenges of being LGBTQ+ and Arab. Our panelists will represent and discuss a variety of Arab cultural perspectives and LGBTQ+ identities. The conversation will be moderated by UCSB graduate student Richard Nedjat-Haiem, and panelists will include Elias Jahshan, Palestinian/Lebanese-Australian editor of This Arab is Queer, and Bibi Alabdullah, a Kuwaiti trans woman and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, among other panelist(s). Following the panel and Arab fare, join us for a medley of dance performances from around the Arab world including Egyptian, Iraqi, Kuwaiti and Levantine styles.

Point of Pride

CMES Director Sherene Seikaly (History)

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Has received a prestigious fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She will be working on her book From Baltimore to Beirut: On the Question of Palestine that charts the trajectory of her great-grandfather Naim Cotran (c. 1877-1961) from nineteenth century mobility across Baltimore and Sudan to twentieth century immobility in Lebanon. The book places the question of Palestine in a global history of race, capital, slavery, and dispossession.