Beirut's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR)

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) will be hosting the following events during Fall 2015-2016:

Title: Drawing Blood: Art, Politics, and Journalism
Molly Crabapple
Affiliation: Artist and Writer in New York
Date: Monday, April 11, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: West Hall, Auditorium A

BIO: Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. She has used art and writing to cover Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, the Syrian refugee crisis, Gaza, Iraqi Kurdistan and US prisons. Crabapple is a contributing editor for VICE, and has written for several international publications. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published in December 2015. 

This event is organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES), and co-sponsored by CASAR, Graphic Design, Media Studies and English.

Title: Memory, Tourism, and Defensive Design: The 9/11 Memorial/Museum and the Rebuilding of Ground Zero in New York
Martia Sturken
Affiliation: New York University
Date: Monday, April 18, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Bldg. 37 (behind the old Lee observatory) 

ABSTRACT: Ground Zero in New York, the site of the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, has been rebuilt over the last decade as a site of commerce, memorialization, tourism, and architectural showcases.  With the opening of the 9/11 Museum in May 2014 and the Santiago Calatrava-designed “Oculus” transportation hub in March 2016, the site is nearing a semblance of completion more than 15 years after 9/11.  The rebuilding of lower Manhattan is about architecture, defensive design, nationalist politics, and mourning/memory, and it is also about the construction of narratives of American Empire, national resilience, and survival.  This talk looks at the complex politics of the 9/11 Museum, now a primary tourist destination in the city, in relation to the defensive/security architecture constructed around it at Ground Zero.  It situates this particular site in relation to the broader global implications of the post-9/11 era of American culture.   

BIO: Marita Sturken is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.  She is the author of Tourists of History:  Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (2007) and Tangled Memories:  The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (1997).  

Title: Salvaging Palestine: Art, Collaboration, and the Binational State
W.J.T. Mitchell
Affiliation: University of Chicago
Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Bldg. 37 (behind the old Lee observatory) 

ABSTRACT:  This lecture explores collaborative work by contemporary Palestinian and Israeli artists as part of an attempt to imagine the possibility of resolving this long-standing conflict in a way that offers justice and a decent future for Palestinians.  Instead of positing a  “one-state solution” as a future possibility, it analyzes the “one-state condition” that is the current reality in Israel/Palestine.  The lecture reflects on current debates about the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) Movement, and the deeply contentious notions of  “collaboration” and “normalization” that circulate on all sides of  this conflict. 

BIO: W. J. T. Mitchell is Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago, and the editor of Critical Inquiry.  His books on visual culture, image theory, and media range over topics such as war, racism, political theater, artistic movements, iconoclasm, the  Palestinian landscape, and dinosaurs.  For his part in recent debates over the boycott of Israeli institutions, see the CI Blog: ttp://

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