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American Friends Service Committee - Los Angeles

In This Calendar:

April 15:
Palestinian Poetry



Deadline Extended to April 17:
Call to Artists - "Colors of the Arab World"

April 18:
Theatre Workshop

April 15:
An Evening on the Life of Taha Muhammad Ali with Adina Hoffman

7 - 9 pm

Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA 90035
Map / directions >

Among the world's great poets, Taha Muhammad Ali is an extraordinary man—a little-known but highly original poet whose work has captivated some of the world's best writers. Some would describe him a self-educated peasant who takes nearly as much pride in his Nazareth souvenir shop as in his poetry—a survivor shaped by both the complete destruction of his childhood village and the unabashed delight he takes in his art.

Adina Hoffman is a Jewish American writer who has lived in Jerusalem for sixteen years. She is a respected essayist, critic, editor, and publisher whose sense of the world has been shaped by a life spent in both the U.S. and the Middle East .

Her new book, My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness (Yale University Press, April 2009), not only recounts Taha Muhamad Ali's life story, but also reveals much about other Palestinian poets and writers of his generation, including Mahmoud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim, Michel Haddad, Emile Habiby and Rashid Hussein. Along the way, My Happiness reads like a detective novel—with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the past sixty years making fascinating background.

Hoffman does the work of a historian and journalist as she scours every available resource to find out whatever she can about her subjects. Very little of this information has been available in any language but Arabic until now.

Space is limited and advance RSVPs are suggested: (310) 657-5511.

Sponsored by the Levantine Cultural Center and the Salaam-Shalom Educational Foundation. Co-sponsored by AFSC. Support from Occidental College .


Deadline Extended to April 17:
Call to Artists - "Colors of the Arab World" Exhibit

A "Colors of the Arab World" exhibit will be hosted by the American Friends Service Committee in Los Angeles , located in downtown's "Gallery Row."

The theme of the exhibit highlights the artistic interpretation of and attempt to personalize and humanize the region's rich cultures, diverse peoples, and continued struggle for peace amid historic conflicts.

For more information, and to download an application, visit the "Call to Artists" section of the AFSC Los Angeles home page on the Web: losangeles

April 18:
Awaken Your Imagination! Theatre Workshop

9:30 am - 5 pm

American Friends Service Committee
634 S. Spring St.
Ground Floor
Los Angeles , CA 90014
Map / directions >

Hector Aristizabal , a native of Colombia , is known for developing a play based on his experience with torture in that country. In recent years, Hector has developed his own techniques to awaken the imagination. These techniques are inspired by Theatre of the Oppressed and include storytelling and council circles.

Holding an MA degree in Psychology from the Antioquia University in Medellin , Colombia and a degree as a Marriage Family Therapist from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena , Hector has created significant changes in the lives of the different communities he has worked with.

Nationally and internationally, he has worked with at-risk youth centers, prisons, universities, churches, homeless shelters, health organizations combating HIV/AIDS, sex workers, and teachers. Currently, he is the creative director and co-founder of Imaginaction, an organization that aims to provide this kind of work globally.

Workshop fee: $60

To register, contact Vivien Sansour at (626) 524-0048, vivien.sansour@

Co-sponsored by AFSC.






American Friends Service Committee
Middle East Peace Education Program
634 S. Spring St., 3rd Floor Los Angeles , CA 90014 United States
Phone: (213) 489-1900 | Fax: (213) 489-1910
mepeacela@afsc. org | www.mepeacela. org

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