As part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Symposium, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute in collaboration with the IUPUI Library and the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series invites you to join us on the evening of November 17 for a presentation by Randa Jarrar.
Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. In 2010, a collaborative project between the Hay Festival, Beirut UNESCO's World Book Capital 2009 celebrations, Banipal magazine and the British Council recognized her as a member of the Beirut39 — 39 of the world’s most promising Arab writers under the age of 39.
Jarrar grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the US after the first Gulf War. Her first novel, A Map of Home, has been published in half a dozen languages and won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes and Noble Review.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, Five Chapters, and others. She has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Hedgebrook, Caravansarai, and Eastern Frontier.
About Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at IUPUI
On March 5, 2007, in the middle of the Iraq war, a car bomb killed dozens and injured over a hundred people. It also devastated al-Mutanabbi Street, a busy avenue of cafés and bookstores that had served as a meeting place for generations of writers and thinkers. In response to the attack, San Francisco bookseller Beau Beausoleil rallied a community of international artists and writers to produce “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” a collection of letterpress-printed broadsides (poster-like works on paper), artists’ books (unique works of art in book form) and an anthology of writing focused on expressing solidarity with Iraqi booksellers, writers and readers.
"Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” includes 260 artists’ books; a publication titled “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad's 'Street of the Booksellers,'" plus 130 broadsides -- one for every person killed or injured in the bombing. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will serve as one of only three repositories in the world to hold the complete collection. It will also sponsor three biennial conferences to explore the themes and implications of the collection through papers, panels, posters and presentations with international scholars, artists and writers from a range of disciplines.
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IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute
Established in 2012, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute supports campus-wide attainment of excellence in research and creative activity in the arts and humanities.
The IAHI showcases and promotes the major intellectual and scholarly contributions that IUPUI faculty members from across the disciplines are making in the arts and humanities. It serves individual faculty members, groups, and interdisciplinary teams through grant programs, workshops, and research collaborations. Further, the IAHI encourages experiential and service learning opportunities for undergraduates in academic programs across campus.
As an urban institute, the IAHI works closely with the central Indiana community, serving as a liaison between local institutions, residents, and IUPUI. The IAHI fosters ongoing partnerships and ventures that advance arts and humanities endeavors both on campus and in the city. It works with Indianapolis’ diverse publics to create engaging new programming and forums for dialogue, creativity, and experiment.
The IAHI seeks to become a national model for an urban-based arts and humanities institute that is both a leader in academic research and creative activity and an active participant in its community.