Sleep Song: Iraq, Art and War: A Three Part Conference
East Gallery, Buell Hall,
Main campus entrance at Broadway and Broadway 110th street
WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28-29
American poet, slammer, and musician Mike Ladd conducted interviews with 35 Iraq War veterans and used this material to create poetry and a musical performance, Sleep Song, working with Maurice Decaule, American Army veteran, and Ahmed Abdul Hussein, director of the House of Poetry in Baghdad. The trio worked with musicians Serge Teyssot-Gay, Ahmed Mukhtar, and Vijay Iyer to give voice to the nightmares haunting those who lived through the Iraq war. Sleep Song will have its American premiere at the Harlem Stage on December 2 and 3. Artists, academics, and cultural actors discuss this work and explore the theme of art and war in a series of panel discussions at the Maison Française.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2-5 p.m.
Part I: Creating a Work
Mike Ladd, poet, performer, artistic direction; Ahmed Abdul Hussein, poet, performer; Maurice Decaul, poet, Iraq war veteran; Vijay Iyer, pianist, musical director of Sleep Song; Serge Teyssot-Gay, guitarist; Ahmed Mukhtar, oudist; Patricia Cruz, director, Harlem Stage, New York; Frédéric Deval, Royaumont Foundation, France; Annelies Fryberger and Marta Amico, PhD students, EHESS, Paris.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Part II: Art Against War?
Jean-Louis Fabiani, sociologist, Directeur d'’Etudes, EHESS, Paris; Mary Marshall Clark, Director of the Center for Oral History, Columbia; Philip Bohlman, University of Chicago; Hélène Hatzfeld, French Cultural Ministry.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 3-6 p.m.
Part III: Trauma: Once the Guns are Silenced
Mamadou Diouf, Director, Institute of African Studies, Columbia; Michael Werner, Directeur d'’Etudes, EHESS; Jacques Revel, Historian, Directeur d’'Etudes, EHESS.
Sleep Song conference moderated by Denis Laborde, CNRS / EHESS, Paris. Co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, Royaumont Foundation, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University
Columbia Maison Francaise
Buell Hall, 2nd floor
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