Friday, March 6, 2020

Sensibilia: Explorations in Arabic Poetry

April is Arab-American Heritage Month and National Poetry Month. Sensibilia is inspired by their confluence.

Ideas germinate in the furrows of imagination as the reader’s eyes encounter words in a poem. What if the smells, tastes, textures and sounds that infused the text came to life, and could be experienced as tangibly as text perceived by the human eye?

Paradigms will shift in the reader’s sensorium at Sensibilia, where multimodal experiences accompany real-time encounters with scents, tastes, textures and sounds referenced in Arabic poetry. Interactions with fragrance, food, music, and the warp and weft of textiles will transport your senses—and your sense of what is possible in a poetry experience.

Dr. Wessam Elmeligi (Assistant Professor, U-M Dearborn) and Michelle Krell Kydd (Smell & Tell / Taste & Tell at AADL) will co-present with contributions by: Hadil Ghoneim (author),  Rima Hassouneh (U-M Community Outreach Coordinator, CMENAS and CSEAS) and Dr. Yasmin Moll (U-M Assistant Professor, Anthropology). Readings will be conducted in English and Arabic.

Tastes of Middle Eastern pastry from Farhat Sweets in Sterling Heights, Michigan are included in this multisensory program.

Sensibilia is collaboration between the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies (CMENAS) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; the Department of Language, Culture and Communication (LCC) at University of Michigan-Dearborn; and the Arab American Advisory Group for Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS).

Sensibilia: Explorations in Arabic Poetry
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
[This event has been postponed as of 3/23 and will be rescheduled]
Time: 6:30-8:45PM
Location: The Ann Arbor District Library (Downtown Branch)
Address: 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734-327-4200
Admission is free and is sponsored by AADL
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