Voices Against Violence

    by Annalisa Galgano

    Guest post by Annalisa Galgano (Class of '17)

    Worldwide, approximately 7 in 10 women report having experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. 60 million girls are assaulted at or on their way to school every year, and 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not even considered a crime. Because violence against women affects every community and country worldwide, NYU Abu Dhabi students and the Office of Community Outreach decided to raise awareness of the issue by joining forces with the United Nations UNiTE Campaign to End Violence Against Women with the global call to “orange your neighborhood”. The campaign kicked off on November 25th, the International Day to End Violence Against Women.

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    Organs, Tissues and Candy Games: An Investigation into Modern Day Monstrosity

    by Farah Shamma

    Organs, Tissues and Candy Games, the inaugural show in the Black Box Theatre at NYU Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Campus, and a collaboration with the acclaimed Zoukak Theatre Company from Lebanon, premiered in early to November to a sold-out crowd. Inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus, the piece was an "investigation into modern day monstrosity. It questions the role of policymaking in scientific advancement and the insatiable pursuit for immortality and security." Following the opening, Salaam checked in with NYUAD Theater & Arts Program Associate Producer Gaar Adams and the Zoukak Theatre Company to learn more about the show, its inspiration, and its conception.

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    Re-mapping Al Fahidi

    by Brian Kappler

    Guest Post by Brian Kappler

    The blocks of bright color, ragged at the edges, reveal their meaning only after some study. The subtlety of the works by Ebtisam Abdulaziz, now exhibited at the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, demands attention.

    Slowly, a viewer comes to understand that the focus is on what's absent from these acrylic-on-canvas works: the "empty" white spaces between the colors stand in for the rooflines, buildings, trees, and courtyards of Bastikiya.

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    Arabic Collections Online: A Digital Archive

    by Brian Kappler

    Guest post by Brian Kappler

    A digital archive sponsored by NYU Abu Dhabi is repatriating some of the Arab world's written heritage, one book at a time. Some 200 scholarly works are already online, with many more to come.

    Arabic Collections Online (ACO), a digital library of public domain Arabic-language content, was the brainchild of NYU's Dean of Libraries Carol Mandel, who conceived the idea during the planning of NYU Abu Dhabi's library facilities. Today the project sponsor is Ginny Danielson, director of libraries at NYUAD.

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    The Varied History of the Arabic Novel

    by Matthew Corcoran
    Waïl S. Hassan, NYUAD visiting professor of Literature

    Literary scholars believe The Book of Khalid to be the first Arab-American novel. Published in 1911 and written by Ameen Rihani, an immigrant to New York from what is modern-day Lebanon, the book claims to be based on an ancient manuscript composed by the enigmatic Khalid, a mystic-like character who traveled to America and later returned to his homeland.

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