A panel with Rachel Valentine Smith, director of upcoming Beirut premiere of controversial play My Name is Rachel Corrie
When: Friday October 5, 4PM Where: Building 37
Filmmaker and theater director Rachel Valentine Smith, joins Sahar Assaf, co-director of AUB's Theater Initiative and Sari Hanafi, professor of sociology at AUB, to discuss the Beirut premiere of the controversial American play, My Name Is Rachel Corrie. This play is based on the diary entries and emails of a young American activist, Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli soldier while protesting the razing of a Gazan home by the IDF during the Second Intifada. It has previously been produced all over the world and won the Theatregoers' Choice Awards for Best Director and Best New Play when it originally premiered in London in 2005. It arrived in New York City years later in the face of protests and controversy. Now, thirteen years after its original production, My Name is Rachel Corrie is finally making its Beirut debut. Please join as we come together with Valentine Smith, Assaf, and Hanafi to discuss the significance of the play's newest production, which will take place so close to the site of Rachel Corrie's death.
A lecture and staged-reading with Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka
When: September 10, 2018, 11:00 AM Where: Assembly Hall, AUB
CASAR encourages you to attend the Anis Makdisi Memorial Lecture with renowned Professor, litterateur, poet, and playwright, Wole Soyinka. Soyinka received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, making him the first African Nobel laureate in the category of literature. The lecture, "Oh-Oh, Fables Sweeter than Facts: History, Culture, and Revisionism," will be directly followed by a staged-reading of Soyinka's play, Death and the King's Horsemen, presented by the AUB Theater Initiative. This event is sponsored by The Anis Makdisi Program in Literature and the Office of the President.