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Athenaeum News

Friday, Sept. 16, 7 pm: Mohamad Hafez Speaks on His Artwork and the Syrian Conflict

Scott Davis

Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez will offer a very personal view of what it's like for an upper class Damascene family to become forced migrants - their lives before and after, decision points, forced hands, and adjustment to new realities.  This will be an opportunity to better understand what the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II looks like to an individual and family who have been through it. 

Mr. Hafez creates mixed and multi-media sculptures representing Middle Eastern streetscapes and buildings besieged by civil war, deliberately contrasted with hopeful verses from the Quran, audio recordings from his homeland, and other elements of his Islamic heritage.

His exhibition,  Unsettled Nostalgia, is a multimedia installation that incorporates pre-war wall murals, sculpture depicting the post-war reality, miniature elements, and photography focusing on the war and the current refugee crisis.

 

Robert Ford: Can Syria Be Put Back Together Again?

Scott Davis

Robert Ford discussed the Syrian crisis at the Athenaeum on Wednesday, August 24. He served as the United States Ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014. In 2012 he was awarded the Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his work. Robert has recently joined the Board of Trustees at the Athenaeum. Watch the video of his presentation here.