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Thursday, October 18, 2018 4:00 PM // Angell Hall (Auditorium D)

Omar Offendum: “SyrianamericanA: A Nation-State of Mind”

 

With a decade-long artistic journey that has both paralleled the rise of social media & borne witness to major sociopolitical shifts in Syria, Omar Offendum discusses how he’s been able to develop a special blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry to bridge cultural divides.

From the jasmine tree-lined courtyards of Nizar Qabbani’s Damascene homes to the flooded riverbanks of Langston Hughes’ Harlem Renaissance poems, this unique performance-lecture is equal parts presentation / conversation.

Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper / poet living in Los Angeles. Known for his unique blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry, he’s been featured on prominent world news outlets, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, collaborated with major museums & cultural organizations, and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups. A graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, he’s been able to carve a distinct path for himself as a thoughtful entertainer / activist able to speak to a multitude of relevant issues & diverse global audiences over the course of his decade-long career. Offendum was recently named a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow for 2018-2019.

Offendum is the 2018-2019 UMS Education and Community Engagement Research Residency Artist, and he will be in residence throughout the year to work on a new musical project.

Sponsored by the University of Michigan Arab and Muslim American Studies Program.

10/18/18 4:00 PM
Angell Hall (Auditorium D)

Omar Offendum: “SyrianamericanA: A Nation-State of Mind”

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With a decade-long artistic journey that has both paralleled the rise of social media & borne witness to major sociopolitical shifts in Syria, Omar Offendum discusses how he’s been able to develop a special blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry to bridge cultural divides.

From the jasmine tree-lined courtyards of Nizar Qabbani’s Damascene homes to the flooded riverbanks of Langston Hughes’ Harlem Renaissance poems, this unique performance-lecture is equal parts presentation / conversation.

Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper / poet living in Los Angeles. Known for his unique blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry, he’s been featured on prominent world news outlets, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, collaborated with major museums & cultural organizations, and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups. A graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, he’s been able to carve a distinct path for himself as a thoughtful entertainer / activist able to speak to a multitude of relevant issues & diverse global audiences over the course of his decade-long career. Offendum was recently named a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow for 2018-2019.

Offendum is the 2018-2019 UMS Education and Community Engagement Research Residency Artist, and he will be in residence throughout the year to work on a new musical project.

Sponsored by the University of Michigan Arab and Muslim American Studies Program.

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