05/18/19

Tulum, MX

Details to be announced!

Museum of Fine Arts: Boston Belonging and Poetic Witness

05/08/19

Boston, MA

Facilitated by: Maytha Alhassen, Ph.D. and Mafaz Al-Suwaidan 

What is it about the experience of extremity, whether in suffering or in ecstasy, that
pushes one into poetry? What is it about poetry that can both alleviate and amplify the
voices of the ecstatic and the sufferer alike? A revolutionary engaged with-ness of sorts,
poetry can afford access to both the poet and audience to alternative cartographic
imaginaries, transgressing borders and conventions, and opening new spaces to realize
what is possible. This workshop is an opportunity to experiment with your own creative
voice through poetry and explore your relationship to the City of Boston as both
residents and contributors to the city’s cultural and creative landscape through your
work at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and beyond. You will collectively explore and
contribute to a larger creative installation and create pathways for even more reciprocal
relationships with Boston’s diverse communities and neighborhoods.
Dovetailing with Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Artist-in-Residence Bouchra
Khalili’s 22 hours MFA exhibition on the legacy of the Black Panther Party in Boston,
this workshop explores the relationship between poetry, witness and alternative
cartographic imaginaries (“metaphysical freedom”) through the journeys of poets writing
through revolutions, poetry as a revolutionary act, and revolutionaries who read poetry.
Part historical and critical study, part creative writing workshop—participants will meet a
range of voices from former Boston residents Phillis Wheatley, Malcolm X, Khalil
Gibran, Elizabeth Alexander, and other poets who delve into the relationship of
revolutionary witness like Mahmoud Darwish, Anna Akhmatova, Theodor W. Adorno,
George Jackson, and Samih al-Qasim.

04/23/19

San Francisco, CA

"Arabs and Muslims Driving Change in Culture and Media: A Conversation with Maytha Al Hassen and Dena Takruri," 2:30-3pm

04/20/19

Garden Grove

key-note speaker for the gala

The Young Turks

04/17/19

Main hour, 4-5pm

The Young Turks

04/09/19

Main hour and post-game, 4-5pm, 5:30-6pm

03/28/19

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Within the first couple of weeks of his inauguration, Trump signed multiple executive orders targeting the Muslim (Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States---"Muslim ban"), American Indian/Native American + Black (Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers and Task Force---"blue lives matter" on Crime Reduction and Public Safety---"law and order"), Mexicans (Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements---"the wall"), and undocumented (Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States---withholding federal money from "sanctuary cities") communities. Later, as part of continued assaults on marginalized communities, he banned transgender people from the U.S. military, aggressively detained undocumented activists, moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during the nakba, nominated Kavaugh for the Supreme Court, and doubled down on a family separation policy at the Southern border. Trump's administration attempted to rollback wins achieved by Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, Dreamers, women, trans people, refugees and Palestinians. And yet, there was no mass mobilization or movement that emerged in response to the inauguration moment and other coalescing consecutive moments thereafter. This leads us to ask: Is it possible that the Right, especially the Far Right, sees us more in unison than the Left actually is? During the first weekend of the Muslim ban, thousands of protesters rushed to their local airports and chanted "no ban. no wall" while some added "no raids." 

 

One wonders why, when other executive orders that aimed to strengthen federal and law enforcement powers and over-reach, those chants did not link "no prions" and "no cops" to calls for justice against the Trump administration? How can from seeing the atomized other's struggle as a bounded, separate category, to a quilted, interwoven movement towards collective liberation? We have long debated the usefulness of categories such as solidarity, ally, accomplice, etc. What if we saw ourselves, as Dr. Alhassen argues, as each other's engaged wit/h/ness---an active witness who demonstrates "with-ness" through testifying? In this talk, Alhassen will deconstruct her concept of "engaged wit/h/ness" (which emerged from her research on Afro-Arab "solidarity politics" and Black-Palestine transnational studies) and how student organizers can apply it and use it towards campus-wide and community connected movement work. Alhassen contends that our primary should be locate and analyze interlocking of systems ("no ban. no walls. no prisons. no cops") and not merely to assume politically expedient identities to (the ban and wall racialized as "brown immigrant" issues) to get free. 

Integrative Abolition: Theater of the Oppressed Exercises for Embodied Freedom

03/28/19

Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

Inspired by fellow countryman Paulo Freire's groundbreaking work Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Brazilian artist educator and social practitioner Augusto Boal established Theater of the Oppressed as a center (and a famous book) to use the theater experience to reclaim power for oppressed peoples. Through theater games and exercises, known as "gamesercises" Boal inverted the theater paradigm, transforming spectators into active participants. This practice of active participation and play, made embodying power in one's social and political lives feel possible. Later, Boal would take theater to local Brazilian political office and to landless movements, teaching and practicing "legislative theater." In this workshop, participants will learn and play gamesercises that will enhance their connection to inner and outer freedom through Dr. Maytha Alhassen's facilitation as the "joker." 

03/09/19

Austin, TX

With the current political climate attacking immigrants, Muslims, women, people of color, and more, Hollywood's role in creating the stories and portrayal's that shape the way society views these communities is more crucial than ever. This panel will bring together social justice advocates, entertainment industry experts, artists and scientists to discuss the pop culture tropes and traps dangerously portraying these communities, as well as how through a combination of science and research, they are gathering compelling data and insights on audiences' beliefs and behaviors that will powerfully inform the design and creation of authentic and just stories with the power to change the hearts and minds of tens of millions of people.

The Young Turks

03/01/19

​Main show, 4-5pm

The Young Turks

02/27/19

Michael Cohen Hearing live commentary, 11am-12pm

02/26/19

Orange, CA

Chapman University, Roosevelt Hall 121, 4-7pm 

​Integrative approach to mindful breathing and being 

CUNY Law: Theater of the Oppressed workshop

02/22/19

New York, NY

Patrisse Cullors and I will be facilitating a TO (Theater of the Oppressed) workshop with law students around an healing justice framework that centers collective action, somatics and community care.

frank conference

02/07/19

Gainesville, FL

details soon to come!

The Young Turks

01/10/19

Main show 4-5pm, post-game 5:30-6pm

The Young Turks

11/14/18

​Main show 4-5pm, post-game 5:30-6pm 

Performing poems and speaking for Together Live at 7:30pm, Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

State of the Nation: Emerging Perspectives on the Nation of Islam

11/10/18

Atlanta, GA

Presenting the paper "The Asiatic Asmar Man: Translating Mahmoud
Shawarbi’s Chapter on the Nation of Islam" from 4-5:45pm at the American Studies Association conference.

ADC Convention: 21st Century Orientalism: Portrayal of Arabs in New age of Media

10/13/18

Anaheim, CA

Presenting in this session with Ms. Lorraine Ali, Media and Television Critic with The Los Angeles Times; Ms.  and Mr. Mike Mosallam, Producer, Writer, Director and President of Mike Mosallam Productions. Each of the presenters brings a unique perspective and experiences to the conversation. 

The Young Turks

10/12/18

Main show 3-4pm 

Poetry-A-Day-Ramadan

10/07/18

Los Angeles, CA

Other Books, 3-5pm 

09/30/18

Twin Cities, MN

Moderator for closing plenary panel on "Global Struggles for Collective Liberation" 

Prophetic Action

09/27/18

Twin Cities, MN

Liberative Theologies panel 2-3:30pm

09/07/18

Oakland, CA

Speaking on "Traveling under Trump 2.0" 3:20pm-4pm 

08/14/18

Berlin, Germany

"Come down to be’kech for a very special event on 14th August, where we will be joined by Maytha Alhassen to discuss her work on breaking down barriers into pop-culture and mainstream media, particularly for those from minority backgrounds." 7:30pm, free but donations welcome!

07/27/18

Chateau De Dampierre, Sur Boutonne, France

Speaking on "Syria: So much more than a Geography of Violence"

07/14/18

Pasadena, CA

Speaking on the "Closing Plenary: Reflecting on Reconstructing Practice" at 3pm 

06/22/18

Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Participating in "Grassroots Organizing during the so-called "Refugee Crisis": New Possibilities in Catastrophic Times" panel 

MOSAAIC: Multilingual Opportunities for Students in Arabic Arts, Innovation, & Culture

06/13/18

Patterson, CA

Performing poetry

05/13/18

Arcosanti, AZ

Participating in panel "Creative Resistant: Creatives Using Their Unique Platforms for Unique"

The Young Turks

05/11/18

Guest co-hosting the main hour show, 4-5pm

The Young Turks

05/09/18

Guest co-hosting the main hour show, 4-5pm

05/07/18

Brandless Pop-Up with Purpose, 8483 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

In this yoga journey (1-3pm), practitioner Dr. Maytha Alhassen will lead you through traditional yoga asanas, while also introducing you to Sufi "remembrance" practices and spiritual attunement technologies (a combination of meditation, movement and breath work). Take a well-deserved breath with us this Monday afternoon.

05/06/18

California African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles, CA

Co-leading "She Can Have it All: Rise of the Artist-Entrepreneur" workshop 

05/05/18

The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA

Performing poem on the mainstage during the opening plenary and participating on in afternoon panel: "Can Stories Help Save Us?:How to Use Our Words to Shape the World We Want." 

Decolonial Space-Making: Art Museums and Projects of Liberation

04/25/18

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Black-Palestinian Solidarity: Uncovering a History of Engaged Witnessing

04/17/18

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Excerpts from Dr. Maytha Alhassen's 2017 dissertation on the post-WWII transnational history of Afro-Arab "solidarity politics."

Yoga + Meditation at Harness Retreat

04/13/18

Briarcliff Manor, NY

Dr. Alhassen's yoga and meditation practice designed to take attendees on a journey of "feeling free in the body"

Refugee Crisis or Opportunity? An Engaged Witness Account of the Response to Women + Migration in Greece

04/09/18

Chapman University

4:00-5:45pm, a paper presentation on my "engaged witness" account (a participatory action research approach) of two years of volunteering with refugees in Greek island of Chios and Athens. 

Non-Academic Careers for Social Science & Humanities

03/27/18

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Participant on panel

At the Intersection of Academia and Industry

03/27/18

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Moderating keynote plenary 

03/16/18

Tucson, Arizona

Featured keynote speaker

Malcolm X and Afro-Palestinian Solidarity

03/01/18

Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa

A public conversation with South African writer and poet Natalia Molebatsi

A Decolonial Approach to Malcolm X's Islam

02/27/18

University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

A talk on "A Decolonial Approach to Malcolm X's Islam" at the University of Johannesburg's Department of Religion Studies.

02/13/18

Mama Glow, Brooklyn, NY

In Arabic and Islamic traditions, the same word for mercy is used for womb, and consequently, a name for God. In fact, every time a Muslim recites a prayer, they open up acknowledging this powerfully feminine quality of God: "Bismallah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim" ("In the name of God, the most Gracious and the most Merciful'). The celebrating and centering of sacred femininity within Middle Eastern and Islamic traditions might come as a surprise for some. Like many traditions, it has been buried under the rubble of patriarchy. But women in community have long kept this spiritual knowledge and other healing practices alive. Learn strategies and techniques to fall in love with yourself through embodying Middle Eastern spiritual traditions/healing wisdoms. Maytha Alhassen will lead participants through a divine feminine journey through a Sufi chanting circle, bellydancing basics and bukhoor anointing ceremony for the month of love. Unlock your voice, your hips and your inner sacred Goddess.

 

*Participants should bring scarves to cover their crown chakra during the chanting (we will go over the reason behind this and explore the Islamic chakra system). And we will use the scarves for bellydancing!

02/10/18

Smith College, Northampton, MA

Moderator for "Performing Islam in America" 

The Young Turks Main Show

02/07/18

4-5pm

Voices for Dignity + Freedom: A Story and History-Driven Talk about Syria and Syrians

02/05/18

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles

01/27/18

Eden, Utah

How wellness insights can help Poverty and Trauma with Aspen Institute’s Anne Mosle, Journalist, Historian, and Health Practitioner Dr. Maytha Alhassen and Journalist David Bornstein

Rap Sessions: MLK Day Celebration

01/15/18

Harvard-Westlake, Studio City, CA

Joined Hip Hop Generation author Bakari Kitwana, Central Park 5's Yusuf Salaam, and rapper Jasiri X to discuss MLK's legacy

The Young Turks

01/12/18

Main show, 4-5pm

The Young Turks

12/29/17

Main show, 4-5pm

11/10/17

Chicago, IL

Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies session: "From the erasure of ongoing indigenous dispossession and settler colonialism within feminist and antiracist efforts, to class divisions and debates over respectability politics, to trans bias within LGBTQ communities, to the unique dangers shared by those who fall outside of the protections of “legal” citizenship, what does it mean to GET. YOUR. PEOPLE. at a time of “uneasy” solidarities, as former ASA president David Roediger put it?"

11/08/17

Lisbon, Portugal

panel discussion with heads of UNICEF, European Asylum Support Office, Sawa Foundation, Interaction: "The refugee crisis continues to intensify without any real solution on the horizon. How can existing technology be used to save the lives of those fleeing oppression, conflict and danger in search of safer shores?"

11/07/17

Lisbon, Portugal

panel discussion with Wadah Khanfar, Al Sharq Forum; Suzanne Franks, City University London; Claire Fox, Institute of Ideas: "Technology has fundamentally changed how we create and consume media. In an era of fast news, clickbait and alternative facts, how can the media ensure it plays its role as the watchdog of democracy?"

OSCE/ODIHR panel on Islamophobia in U.S. and Europe

09/14/17

Warsaw, Poland

A TransAtlantic presentation of reports on Islamophobia from Belgium, Turkey, France, and the U.S. by of organizers, community activists and scholars. This panel was organized by the European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (EMISCO) for the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)/ODIHR  (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, Poland. 

The Young Turks Main Show

09/01/17

4-5pm

The Young Turks Main Show

08/11/17

4-5pm

Faith and Racial Justice Panel

07/24/17

Youtube Live Streaming

Muslim ARC live streaming panel focusing on the role of faith in racial justice organizing work for American Muslim women organizers.

Reading from 'Demanding Dignity' & my poetry 7-10pm

06/09/17

NYU Skirball Center, New York, NY

Panel on 'Apocalyptic Civics' 3:15-4:15pm

06/06/17

New York, NY

Reciting poem I wrote about Syria "Beyond a Geography of Violence"

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE)

06/02/17

Fort Worth, TX

Giving a talk/presenting a paper on "The Orientalized Muslim" (8:30am-9:45am) and on a panel for the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 "From Japanese Incarceration to the Muslim Ban" (3:00-4:30pm)

05/14/17

Brooklyn Museum, Broolyn, NY

Moderating a conversation between poet Aja Monet-Bacquie and Linda Sarsour. 3-5pm 

Collison Conference: "Beyond the Boardroom: A Discussion on Women & Diversity"

05/02/17

New Orleans, LA

Web Summit conference 

Amy Rossborough Lecture on Refugees & Migration

04/27/17

Yale Universtiy, New Haven, CT

Talk on "Refugee Crisis or Opportunity?: An Engaged Witness Account of the Response to Women

& Migration in Greece" at 7pm, WLH 117

Islamophobia and the End of Liberalism

04/21/17

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Presenting a paper on "The Orientalized Muslim" 

Iconic Black Panther: Bearing Witness Storytelling Panel

04/15/17

Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Speaking on "engaged witness" and covering the refugee crisis in Greece as a Syrian-American journalist. From 2-4pm

Co-struggling Towards Liberation: Black-Palestinian Solidarity

04/10/17

Brown University, Providence, RI

Re-thinking solidarity and new frames to organize towards freedom 

City of Refuge: 24 Hour for Refugees

03/28/17

Trinity Church, New York, NY

Giving a talk on "Foreign Policy & Migration"

Refugee Awareness Week

03/21/17

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Workshop on Refugees in Greece and Global Migrations

Women's History Month

03/04/17

Tateuchi Democracy Center, Los Angeles, CA

Panel discussion with Ann Burroughs,  CEO of Amnesty  International and Madame Chiba, Japan Consul General's partner at 2pm.

Dissertation Defense

02/17/17

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Presentation of To Tell What the Eye Beholds: A Post-1945 Transnational History of Afro-Arab 'Solidarity Politics' at USC, 11am-1pm

"All Immigrants are Artists: Readings by folks from countries listed under the Muslim Ban"

02/08/17

Junior High, 5656 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Reading poetry from 7:30-10pm 

University of Southern California Teach-In

02/01/17

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

A roundtable panel discussion with members of the USC community on the executive order known as the "Muslim ban" and critical organizing responses. 

Arab-Muslim sexualities in the Orientalist imagination

02/02/17

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Guest lecture

Art as Activism

01/24/17

Nous Tous Gallery, 943 North Broadway, Los Angeles CA

Reading poetry and joining panel discussion on "art as activism"

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