[News] SF State - Mural honoring Dr. Edward Said - To Be Inaugurated Nov 2

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Wed Oct 17 11:02:00 EDT 2007

General Union of Palestine Students
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
www. <http://www.dancemission.com/> sfgups.org
Press contact: Loubna Qutami 650-291-8031 
loubie03 at aol.com <mailto:loubie03 at aol.com>


What:       Palestinian Cultural Mural Inauguration
                  Honoring Dr. Edward Said: A Day-Long Celebration

When:       Friday, November 2, 2007 (see complete schedule below)

Where:     All Events at San Francisco State University,
                   1600 Holloway Street, San Francisco

The General Union of Palestine Students at San 
Francisco State University announces the 
inauguration of the Palestinian Cultural Mural. 
This artwork, honoring the late Palestinian 
scholar and intellectual Edward Said (1935-2003), 
is the first of its kind on any American 
university campus. The Palestinian Cultural Mural 
began as a historic idea to celebrate and 
represent Palestinian culture, identity and 
thought in an academic setting, and to 
commemorate the academic and intellectual work of 
Edward Said, his life, and his unremitting 
pursuit of social justice. Author of the 
groundbreaking book Orientalism and many other 
books, articles, and essays, as well as professor 
of comparative literature at Columbia University, 
Said was a literary theorist and activist who 
illuminated the lives and struggles of 
Palestinians under occupation and broadened the 
international discourse about oppression, social 
justice, and self-representation.

Spearheaded by the Palestinian students of San 
Francisco State University, mural supporters 
fought a sustained battle to gain University 
approval for the mural, and its final completion 
is an occasion for celebration. The lead artists 
for the mural, Dr. Fayeq  Oweis and Dr.Susan 
Greene, worked for over two years to create a 
design  featuring over 20 visual elements 
symbolizing the work and words of Edward Said, 
the  Palestinian struggle for peace and justice, 
Arab culture, and student activism.  To view an 
image of the mural or learn more about the 
muralists visit www.sfgups.org <http://www.sfgups.org/> .

The General Union of Palestine Students, along 
with the SFSU Cesar Chavez Student Center 
Governing Board, and co-sponsors the Middle East 
Children’s Alliance, The Arab Cultural and 
Community Center, The Arab Resource and 
Organizing Center (AROC), ZAWAYA, The Richard 
Oaks Multicultural Center at SFSU, the Arab and 
Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative 
(AMED), Sunbula: Arab Feminists for Change, and 
the Break the Silence Mural  Project will host a 
full day of events and cultural presentations to 
mark the inauguration of the historic Palestinian Cultural Mural.

Schedule of Events:

10:30-11:30 am: Community Breakfast
Jack Adams Hall, SFSU
·        Music by Georges Lammam

12-2 pm: Palestinian Cultural Mural Inaugural Ceremony
Cesar Chavez Student Center, SFSU
·        Addresses by Dr. Sonia Nimr, Professor 
of History, Birzeit University, Palestine, and 
Dr. Hatem Bazian, Professor, UC-Berkeley
·        Native American Dance by Mission Creek
·        Palestinian folk dance by Al-Juthoor
·        Arab-American Hip Hop by The Nomads, The Philistines, and Excentrik
·        Mural Blessing by Anne Marie Seyers,

2-5 pm: Reception and Lunch
Jack Adams Hall, SFSU
featuring classical and contemporary music by the Georges Lammam Ensemble

7-10 pm: Evening Performance (Social Hour, 6-7 
pm, admission $10 students, $20 general)
Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building
·        Poetry and Spoken Word by Deema Shehabi,  Fady Joudah, Zaid Shlah,
             and Elmaz Abinader
·        Music by Tony Khalife and Kamal Ghammache-Mansour, Timothy Kelly,
             and Omar Khorsheed.
·        Palestinian folk dance by Al-Juthoor

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