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Please join us for the 2019 Roadmaps Festival hosted in partnership with Syrian Youth Empowerment.

May 20th, 2019 / 6.00pm - 8.30pm / Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Society

"Innovations in Education as Response to Conflict"

An evening with the visionary leaders designing new ways to educate and accelerate generations who have been denied learning because of conflict.

  • 5:45pm Hors d'oeuvres and drinks

  • 6:30pm A reading of Syrian poem "Home."

  • 6:40pm A short film by 17-year-old Mohammad Shasho, who tells his story of journeying from Aleppo to Berlin. This film, Out of Aleppo, was created through the BYkids' educational program.

  • 7:05pm Interlude : Layale Chaker & Sarafand perform extracts of "Inner Rhyme", a suite that unveils musical threads of the twelve classical Arabic poetic meters, exploring the abstraction of language into their sound. Beyond expression, the composition process tries to capture the shape and essence of epic testimonials on life, death, war and love that make the heart of Arabic poetry.

  • 7:15pm A panel of distinguished experts, to discuss their revolutionary approaches to educating.Moderated by critically-acclaimed journalist Ali Velshi, the panel will include Holly Carter, Founder and Executive Director of BYkids, Scott Cameron, Executive Producer of International Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, George Batah, Founder of Syrian Youth Empowerment and Lina Attar, Founder and CEO of Karam Foundation.


May 18th, 2019 / 3.00pm - 5.30pm / Center for Architecture

"Safeguarding the Glories of Syrian Culture, Architecture and Design"

Inspired by the Center for Architecture's exhibition: Syria Before the Deluge.

  • 3:00pm Welcome tea and Syrian desserts

  • 3:30pm A conversation with distinguished Syrian architect Majed Abdulsamad and former Syrian resident George. What is the role of the architect in reconstructing communities devastated by conflict? What is the significance of the structures that have withstood the test of terror? How can we better celebrate the richness of Syrian architecture and design?

  • 4:00pm Music performed by singer Faraj Abyad (singer), musicians Maurice Chedid (oud), Gabriel Dahrieh (violin), Eren Erdogan (nay) and Gilbert Mansour (percussion).

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