ACCC is proud to partner with KQED, Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Arab Film Festival and the San Francisco Public Library on a public screening of Arab American Stories, a PBS documentary series that explores the diversity of the Arab-American experience. Hosted by NPR's Neda Ulaby, this character-driven documentary profiles Arab Americans making an impact in their community, their profession, their family or the world at large. Talk with local leaders, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Lara Kiswani, and Soraya Hosni in a Q&A panel discussion moderated by Serge Bakalian.
Tuesday, October 29
San Francisco Public Library- Main Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, 94102
5:30pm Address by Mayor Ed Lee
6:00pm Film Screening
Soraya Hosni is the executive director of the Arab Cultural and Community Center. Soraya is completing her Phd in Cultural Anthropology and is a visual anthropologist and cultural activist. She uses stories, video and photography as a mean to transmit intergenerational knowledge and empower isolated communities with a specific emphasis on children and youth. She was a former visiting scholar at the Ethnic Studies in Berkeley University, developing her theoretical work on indigenous ways of knowing & decolonial methodologies. This research looks for ways of connecting stories, cultures and peoples. Soraya has experience with nonprofits, grant writing, strategic planning, management, leadership & cost allocations, among other things. She is Tunisian & French, born & raised in Paris.
Lara Kiswani is the executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. She is Palestinian raised in the Bay Area. She has organized with antiwar, immigrant rights, feminist, community, youth and student organizations. She also worked as a youth and adult educator in nonprofits and schools. Lara completed her undergraduate studies at UC Davis, majoring in International Relations with an emphasis on Peoples and Nationalities, also helping to establish the Middle East South Asia minor. She earned an MA in Education at SFSU where her research focused on Palestinian Americanyouth identity, language and decolonization.
Dr. Hatem Bazian is co-founder and Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College, the first Muslim Liberal Arts College in America. He is also a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Bazian teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in AmericaDe-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Between 2002 and 2007, Bazian also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition to Berkeley, Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In Spring 2009, he founded the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia at UC Berkeley, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims.
Recently he was named in the category for Social Justice as one of The
Muslim 500; The World's Most Influential Muslims by The Royal
Islamic Strategic Studies Center. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Funding for this event is generously provided by Detroit Public Television