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Downtown Durham

October 2021

Exhibit: From Fallujah

October 1, 2021 - November 6, 2021
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Photography exhibit curated by John Bechtold.   Featuring the work of four emerging Iraqi photographers, the exhibit proceeds from the idea that the best way to learn about a place is through the people who live there. Our purpose is to make another story about Fallujah visible to American audiences, one that departs from its militarized meaning in public memory. Fallujah is not an Iraq War battlefield. It is a place where people work, attend school, and frequent public…

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November 2021

Conversation: “Tariq Touré in conversation with Dasan Ahanu”

November 4, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  In collaboration with Duke Performances and Duke Islamic Studies Center, Rofhiwa welcomes Tariq Touré for a reading and discussion. This is an in-person event, in-store at Rofhiwa and hosted by Dasan Ahanu @dasanahanu.   Tariq Touré's poetry and prose has been featured in award winning publications such as Muslim Matters, Salon, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Nation Magazine and Sapelo Square.   Touré has been a featured lecturer/performer at Howard University, Princeton University, Georgetown University, among many others. He…

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January 2022

Lecture: “Guantánamo Bay Photo Archive: 2006-2010” with Christopher Sims (Duke)

January 27, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Join us as Sims discusses his documentary photography project at the Guantanamo Naval Base. This talk is held as part of the exhibition Witness to Guantanamo at the Power Plant Gallery. Drawing on the Witness to Guantanamo Video Collection in the Human Rights Archive at Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, this exhibit foregrounds the voices of the individuals whose lives were forever changed by their experience. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the…

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March 2022

Conversation: Sasa Aakil at Rofhiwa Book Cafe

March 1, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Join Rofhiwa Book Café, The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Duke Performances and Duke Islamic Studies Center for a conversation between Sasa Aakil, multimedia artist and poet and Solayman Idris. Sasa Aakil is a 19-year-old multi-media artist, writer, and the 2021 Montgomery County Youth Poet Laureate. She is a co-author of I Am The Night Sky and Other Reflections by Muslim American Youth and the artist behind the A Man Was Lynched Yesterday Project. Sasa is also a brown belt in…

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