Monday, November 28th, 2016
Kevorkian Center at New York University
50 Washington Square S
New York, NY
ArteEast presents through its new signature discussion series ArteHub, “The Price of Creation in Today’s Egypt.” Creative expression in Middle East and North Africa has flourished in recent years. With traditional lines of communication and authority being crossed and even rendered obsolete, writers, artists, journalists, and other generators of culture and expression are defying both geographic and social boundaries. What is it like to be a member of this creative class in Egypt’s hotly contested political and social climate? How are they navigating ever-changing systems of coercion and force? NPR’s Leila Fadel speaks to several of the nation’s leading visionaries, including Lina Atallah of Mada Masr and Alia Ayman of Zawya Cinema Space in Cairo, about their experience.
Lina Atallah: A major Egyptian media figure and journalist. Attalah was once an editor of the Egypt Independent before it was shut down. She is active in the fight against the restriction of honest journalism.
Leila Fadel: is a Lebanese American journalist, currently serving as a chief correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Fadel grew up in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, and covered the Arab Spring and its aftermaths in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria for the Washington Post
Alia Ayman: is an Egyptian Filmmaker and curator. She focuses on Arab cinema and media industries; state institutions and cultural production in Egypt and discusses censorship, political Islam, Arab intellectual history and visual anthropology.