YOUR WEEKLY GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
TWO WEEKS: November 18 - December 3, 2017
1. Thanksgiving Holiday (campus is closed)
“Smith has a knack for unearthing the deeper truths that lie beneath common experience.” The New York Times
British novelist, essayist and short story writer Zadie Smith is known for her unique perspective on contemporary culture, superb dialogue and emotionally rich stories. Her reputation as one of the most important voices of her generation was established with her award-winning debut novel, White Teeth. Smith’s newest novel Swing Time, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, is “a multilayered tour-de-force… [that] burnishes her place in the literary firmament” (Los Angeles Times).
“The Republic is one and indivisible”: this principle was the founding dogma of the regime that emerged during the French Revolution. The Republic, however, still “owned” colonies and the plantation societies in the French West Indies could not be more at odds with the principle of universal equality. Was the regeneration effected by the Revolution compatible with the maintenance of a colonial empire? This paper will explore the heated colonial debates on French
federalism, secessionism, and slavery in the age of Atlantic revolutions.
Please join the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, as we present our formal Fall concert on Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 2017, in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.
We are excited to feature Special Guest Isabel Bayrakdarian, Grammy Award-winning soprano and UCSB Assistant Professor, who will sing songs of the Lebanese superstar Fairouz (b.1935) and also an Armenian song. Jared Holton will lead the Ensemble in a suite of three art songs from Libya. Nick Ragheb will lead a performance of a song by the Egyptian superstar, Umm Kulthum (d.1975), featuring Sarah Salam, solo vocalist. Sam Khattar will present a song by the Syrian superstar singer, Farid al-Atrash (d.1974). And Andrea Fishman will perform a Sephardic song from Greece.
As always, the Ensemble's Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Armenian, Egyptian, Greek, and Persian cultures, with choreographies by Cris! Basimah, Tom Bozigian, Shahrzad Khorsandi, and Alexandra King.