Monday, 31 October 2011

Chapter 83 Arabs in English

Khalil Gibran, Suheir Hammad, Naif Al Mutawa...

Headliners of a new module called 'Arabs in English'.

Shadia Mansour, Zaha Hadid, Edward Said...

If they learn nothing else, they will learn that they are active participants in the construction of the ever evolving narratives that surround them.

That they are responsible for defining themselves to the world - not the other way round. And that the accessibility of the internet means the only borders that can get in their way are the limits they place on themselves.

Hanan Ashrawi, Lowkey, Randa Abdel Fattah

Each week they learn about the lives, persistence and hard won accomplishments of contemporary Arab writers, poets, singers, rappers, artists, architects, techno geeks, comic book writers, musicians, comedians and more who operate, produce and publish in English.

Suad Amiry, The Axis of Evil comedy tour

People who are talking, and being listened to. People whose voices reverberate. 

Why shouldn't they learn that theirs can too?

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