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Lecture: Rola Khayyat | From Brooklyn to Beirut

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – room CM109 – 12:00 to 1:00pm

THE JEWISH DIASPORA FROM LEBANON TO BROOKLYN

Rola Khayyat is a Lebanese interdisciplinary artist and curator based in Brooklyn, N.Y. In her film, From Brooklyn to Beirut, she explores the landscape of belonging for the community of Lebanese Jews in New York — along with the fragilities and complexities associated with their complex identity. Jews have lived in what is today Lebanon since Biblical times. As internal and regional tensions tore Lebanon apart, Lebanese Jews began to emigrate and settle abroad in countries such as France, Israel, Brazil, and the United States. In their new homes, Lebanese Jews, like other Lebanese emigrants, have formed vibrant communities where Lebanese traditions and values are maintained; Arabic language, music, and cinema are used and celebrated; and memories of Lebanon are constantly recalled and shared.

Recommended by: Professor Michael Chovan-Dalton, Visual Arts Department

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