Literature Program
 


Friday, December 2, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

UB Humanities Institute and Hallwalls present

James Currie

Scholars @ Hallwalls

Hallwalls is the perfect setting for a sixth year of the Humanities Institute's Scholars@Hallwalls lecture series. These monthly presentations feature one fellow's research in an engaging lecture with lively follow-up conversation. This year's lineup highlights the interdisciplinary range of humanities research at UB.

Talks are on Friday afternoons at 4 pm and are free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are served. Please join us for any or all of the Scholars@Hallwalls talks!

One Night in Beirut: When Said met Genet

The great Palestinian literary critic and political activist Edward Said met the famous French homosexual novelist Jean Genet in Beirut in 1972. In his December 2nd talk, "One Night in Beirut: When Said met Genet," musicologist James Currie will discuss how this encounter haunted Said's thinking in his later years before his death in 2003, acting as a subterranean influence on the project Said started with the conductor Daniel Barenboim and claimed was the most important of his life: the famous Arab and Israeli youth orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan.

 
 
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Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.