Symposium on Translation and the Making of Arab American Community (November 12, 2021) – Translate Midwest

Symposium on Translation and the Making of Arab American Community (November 12, 2021)

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November 12, 2021 (10am-5:30pm)
Join us in Ann Arbor, Michigan
or virtually through Zoom

On November 12, 2021 a one-day symposium will be held on the University of Michigan central campus in Ann Arbor. This event is free and open to the public, with live-streaming via zoom.

It is co-sponsored by the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program and the Departments of Comparative Literature and Middle East Studies, as part of the 2021-22 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series on Sites of Translation in the Multilingual Midwest.

Co-organized by Graham Liddell and Khaled Mattawa, the symposium will explore how different forms of translation contribute to the making of Arab American communities in the Midwest:

PANEL 1: Translation for Community Needs (10:30 – 11:45 am)

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 (1:00 – 2:45 am)

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 (3:00 – 4:15 pm)

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: Dunya Mikhail (4:30 – 5:30 pm)
The symposium will culminate in a reading by Iraqi-American poet, Dunya Mikhail.

This event is free and open to the public.

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