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Women of Al-Raqqa and Beyond: New Art, Film, and Writing from Syria

November 30, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm EST

The CCAS is very pleased to welcome Malu Halasa, Jordanian Filipina American writer and editor, to CCAS for two public lectures; in this first one, Ms. Halasa will discuss female artistic voices in Syria — the ways they have been challenged and the ways they have overcome.

Six years after the 2011 uprising, the present status of women in Syria is as fractured as the war-torn country itself. In Kurdish Rojava, women are soldiers; in “liberated” enclaves, many are political and social leaders; while in once cultured al-Raqqa, the ISIS capital since 2014, they are barely seen at all. Meanwhile, the boldest and most challenging female artistic voices are heard outside Syria, following the flight of at least 4.8 million refugees abroad and the estimated 8 million internally displaced.

Ms. Halasa will explore these issues in her talk and will give these creative voices the platform they have so lacked in the past. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an illuminating and important evening.

Please kindly RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-of-al-raqqa-and-beyond-new-art-film-and-writing-from-syria-tickets-39734421725

This workshop is funded in part by a Department of Education Title VI grant to support Georgetown University’s National Resource Center – Middle East & North Africa.

Thank you to our generous co-sponsors:

Middle East Institute Arts & Culture Program (MEI)
Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS)
Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM)
Mortara Center for International Studies
Center for Social Justice Learning, Teaching, and Service (CSJ)
No Lost Generation
Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice

The CCAS Boardroom is wheelchair accessible. If you have any further accommodation requests, please don’t hesitate to contact Azza Altiraifi at aa1967@georgetown.edu.

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The CCAS Boardroom is located in the Intercultural Center on Georgetown’s main campus. The ICC is a large, red-brick building located at the far righthand corner of the front lawn if you are walking through Georgetown’s front gates at 3700 O St.

To get to the Boardroom, head to the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, which is Suite 241 on the second floor of the ICC (hardwood double doors at the end of the far hallway).


November 30, 2017
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm


CCAS Boardroom, Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Washington, DC, United States
2801 University Ter NW
Washington, DC United States


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