Established in 2001, MEMEAC is the only center in the country that incorporates the Middle Eastern American experience into Middle East Studies.
A Panel on
Little Syria, NYC: History and Advocacy
With Akram Khater and Todd Fine
Concluding remarks by Prof. Nancy Foner
Dr. Anan Ameri (Director of Arab American National Museum) will speak briefly on the Little Syria Exhibit
Monday, May 20, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm, Rooms 9204/05
This panel is in conjunction with a small exhibition on the historic Little Syria at Three-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center (80 Greenwich St, NYC) from May 3 to 27th. This show was first curated by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.
Akram Khater is Professor of Middle Eastern History at North Carolina State University. He is the author of Embracing the Divine; Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender and the Making of a Lebanese Middle Class, 1861-1921; Sources in the History of the Middle East and numerous articles and reviews. Khater directs the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies (http://nclebanese.org), and is a founding co-editor of a new on-line migration journal Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies [http://go.ncsu.edu/Mashriq]. Presently, he is researching “Little Syrias” across the United States.
Todd Fine, Director of Project Khalid, the centennial campaign for the “first Arab-American novel,” and the editor of a new critical edition of The Book of Khalid under advance contract with Syracuse University Press. Since 2011, Fine has also established, with Carl Antoun, the Save Washington Street Campaign in order to argue for the preservation of the last remaining buildings of the old Little Syria neighborhood on Washington Street: a church, a community center, and last tenement. Todd Fine’s campaign has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ARAMCO World magazine, Al-Jazeera, BBC, and other outlets.
Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her books include From Ellis Island to JFK: New York’s Two Great Waves of Immigration; In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration; and Not Just Black and White: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States. Her latest book, One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-first Century, will be published in June 2013.
Free & Open to the Public
Monday, May 20, 2013
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street
New York, NY 10016