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Symposium on Translation and the Making of Arab American Community

Symposium on Translation and the Making of Arab American Community

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Date(s) - 11/12/2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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.

10:00 am – 5:30 pm (hybrid)
Join us in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Michigan Room of the Michigan League
or virtually through Zoom
For registration visit tinyurl.com/TranslatingArabic

This hybrid one-day symposium at the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor is co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program (AMAS), the Department of Middle East Studies (MES), and the 2021-22 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series on Sites of Translation in the Multilingual Midwest. Co-organized by Khaled Mattawa and Graham Liddell, the symposium features three panels that reflect on different forms of translation in Arab American communities in the Midwest. The event culminates a reading by Iraqi-American poet Dunya Mikhail.

The symposium will be held on the University of Michigan central campus in Ann Arbor, with the option to attend by remote access.

This event is free and open to the public. For registration visit tinyurl.com/TranslatingArabic

PANEL 1: Translation for Community Needs

This discussion will focus on the translation and interpretation services that are crucial for maintaining wellness and facilitating civic engagement and 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), Anisa Sahoubah (director of ACCESS’s Youth and Education department), and Bilal Hammoud (chair of the Language Access Task Force for the State of Michigan).

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 (Ph.D. candidate, U Michigan), the panel includes Ali Harb (reporter for Al Jazeera English), Hany Bawardi (professor at UM-Dearborn), William Youmans (professor at the George Washington University), and Lana Barkawi (Executive and Artistic Director of Mizna).

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.

For registration visit tinyurl.com/TranslatingArabic

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.

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