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Wisal - A Symposium on Cross-Cultural Collaboration
Start Date: 12/4/2017Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Date: 12/4/2017End Time: 5:30 PM

Please join us on December 4, 2017, for Wisal - A Symposium on Cross-Cultural Collaboration examining the concept of collaboration and how it has existed in cultural practice both in Saudi Arabia and beyond. This one-day symposium will focus on grassroots, national, and transnational collaborations both in the United States and in Saudi Arabia with a concentration on the Bridges Program, an initiative by King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). The aim is to discuss different examples of the transformative ways art and creativity can be a catalyst for cross-cultural understanding and to effect meaningful change in communities. It will also act as a platform for future cross-cultural collaborations and act as a catalyst for such work.

Please RSVP by December 1, 2017 on eventbrite:

In Brief:

Date: December 4, 2017

Location: Hammer Auditorium

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

500 17th Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

Time: 8.30 AM-5:30 PM, followed by a reception


Media Related Inquiries: Amelia Thompson, 202-994-6461,

Speakers and Panelist Include: Yusef Alahmad, Asad Ali-Jafri, Noor Daham, Basmah Felemban, Abdulrahman Gazzaz, Joseph Kunkel, Ahmed Mater, Michael Mogensen, Carmen Montoya, David Scanavino, Kate Seelye, Anne Senstad, Sanjit Sethi, Allison Smith, Caroline Woolard

Schedule of the Symposium:

8.30 am Introduction by Sanjit Sethi, Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

9.30 am Opening Remarks - Kate Seelye

10:00 am Creativity, Collaboration, and Environment Presentation by Joseph Kunkel

William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor in Community Engagement

10.30 am Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session #1:

Panelists: Assistant Professor of Sculpture & Spatial Practices at Corcoran, Carmen Montoya, and Asad Ali-Jafri of Ghana Think Tank

Breakout Session #2:

Panelists: Abdulrahman Gazzaz and Anne Senstad

12.00 pm Lunch from Foodhini with a Special Presentation by Foodhini Founder Noobstaa Vang

1.00 pm Social Interventions

Panelist: Yusef Alahmad, Caroline Woolard, and Michael Mogensen

Description: This panel will explore the how each of these collaborative projects addressed social or environmental activism and the impact that they have had on different communities.

2.30 pm Coffee break

3.00 pm Academe Panelist

Panelists: David Scanavino, Ahmed Mater, Basmah Felemban and Allison Smith

Description: What role do educational institutions play in supporting collaborations that exist in a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural framework? What challenges do educators face within creative communities where there still remains a predominate focus on individual practice? How do large academic institutions create pathways for professors to establish relationships to promote cross- cultural learning models?

4.30 pm Transnational Cultural Collaborations

Description: A conversation with Sanjit Sethi and Noor Daham discussing topics discussed in the symposium and the future oftransnational cultural collaborations.

5.30 pm Reception

Foggy Bottom - 500 17th Street NW  (View Map)
500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC
Room: Hammer Auditorium
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