1. NYC Book Launch: “THE HOUR OF SUNLIGHT: ONE PALESTINIAN’S JOURNEY FROM PRISONER TO PEACEMAKER”

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday,
March 29, 2011
Where: The Pomegranate Gallery, 133 Greene Street, NY, NY 10012
Price: Free of charge
About the event: Join The Hour of Sunlight co-author Jen Marlowe as she reads from and discusses her new book, written with and about Sami Al Jundi. (Sami will be “in the room” via video.) The Hour of Sunlight describes Sami Al Jundi’s extraordinary metamorphosis from a militant to a passionate advocate of nonviolence and peaceful reconciliation.  The Hour of Sunlight offers a perspective that is sorely missing from the mainstream media’s portrayal of Palestinians. Marked by honesty, humor, pain, and, ultimately, compassion for all Palestinians and Israelis, The Hour of Sunlight charts an inspiring journey of perseverance and personal transformation. In so doing it illuminates the Palestinian experience through the story of one man’s impassioned struggle for Middle East peace.
Click here to buy the book.

2. DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts

When: March 25-26, 2011
Where:
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10016
Price:
All programs are free and open to the public.
About the Program:
DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts is a biennial program of the Arab American National Museum (AANM). DIWAN unites Arab American artists, scholars and performers representing myriad academic fields and artistic genres for a weekend dialogue that reinforces the AANM’s commitment to providing a place for community members and artists to meet, exchange ideas and exhibit their work. DIWAN also encourages audiences to expore the boundaries of art in addressing social issues related to Arab Americans and the community at large.
This year’s program features artists Andrea Assa, Ibtisam Barakat, Leila Buck, Randa Jarrar, Khaled Mattawa, Kareem Roustom and many more!
Click here for the detailed schedule.

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