Beyond the Stigma: Palestine/Israel/USA Through the Arts Oct. 11-16

The Honors Program and the Residential College will co-host a special series of events. A team of visiting artists (music, theater, film, photography, poetry) will explore the Palestinian/ Israeli conflict through the lenses of the performing arts. According to the artistic team, “while we are well aware that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most explosive issues of our time, we are hopeful that, by seeing that conflict through the lens of the arts, we can move beyond labels, slogans, blame, and, yes, the stigma, to see ‘the other’ as fully human. We do not propose to find a solution to this conflict, but to arrive at a deeper understanding of its human dimensions.”

The week’s events will include public conversations, poetry readings, film showings, a photography exhibit, and a special evening of readings accompanied by piano jazz. There will also be a mini-course held during the week, supplementing the public events with discussions and workshops with the visiting artists.
The visiting team is led by a core team of four artists: Henry Chalfant, a documentary film maker; Kathleen Chalfant, an actress on stage, screen, and television; Liz Magnes, a jazz pianist and music educator; and Raphael Magnes, a photographer. Janet Hegman Shier (RC) will be the mini-course coordinator and Honors Director Steve Darwall will facilitate public discussions.

Monday, October 11 Honors Lounge, 1330 Mason Hall
Photography Exhibit opens Rafi Magnes, photographer
Open 8:30-4:30 M-F; photos on view all week Honors Lounge, 1330 Mason

7:30 pm Perlman Honors Commons, G421 Mason
Public conversation with all the participants in the week’s events

Tuesday, October 12 RC Auditorium
7:00 pm Play Reading of “The Black-eyed” (Betty Shamieh, playwright) &
Oz Shelach reading from his work

Wednesday, October 13
7-10 pm Open film screening and discussion, Perlman Honors Commons, facilitated by film-makers Henry Chalfant and Annemarie Jacir. Films: Elia Suleiman’s “Divine intervention” ; Rachel Jones’ “500 Dunham on the Moon” ; Annemarie Jacir’s “Like Twenty Impossibles”

Thursday, October 14
7:30 pm Performance: Music & Text interactive performance, RC Auditorium
featuring Liz Magnes, piano, Kathleen Chalfant, actress, Anan Ameri, writer

Saturday, October 16
1-3 pm Photography exhibit reception Honors Lounge, 1330 Mason Hall
Rafi Magnes, Photographer

These events are sponsored by: The LSA Honors Program ,The Honors' DeRoy Visiting Professor Fund, The Residential College, The Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, The Office of the Provost, and Arts at Michigan
Find out about the mini-course from Oct. 11-16