Three Sessions, 2.5 hours each (6-8:30pm)
Wednesdays September 20th, September 27th, and October 4th
Fees & Payment Options: $250 General / $220 AAWW Members (Become a Member!)
Full payment due before first class. Maximum of fifteen students.
Priority will be given to previous students of Vernacular as Resistance.
*STUDENT RATE for limited seats, contact Tiffany Le at email@example.com for availability!*
What is vernacular literature? What is its role in dismantling the oppressor’s language and assumptions? What happens to power when the oppressor co-opts the vernacular of the oppressed? And why would the oppressor want to co-opt the oppressed’s vernacular? Could it be becoz our power is embedded; encoded in our vernacular? We will explore these questions and read texts that challenge imposed ideas of hierarchy. Workshop discussion will center around Rotten English ed. Dohra Ahmed (W.W. Norton, 2017), Sand Opera by Philip Metres (Alice James Books, 2015), Look by Solmaz Sharif (Graywolf, 2016), and more. New and continuing students will create original vernacular works as part of the workshop.
REGISTER HEREMarwa Helal is a poet and journalist. Her work appears in Apogee, Hyperallergic, the Offing, Poets & Writers, the Recluse, Winter Tangerine and elsewhere. She is the author of I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press, 2017) and Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019). Helal is the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Cave Canem. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School and her BA in journalism and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University...
Come for a special night featuring author M. Evelina Galang, whose new nonfiction book Lola's House: Filipino Women Living with War (Curbstone, 2017) tells the story of sixteen surviving Filipino comfort women who survived violence inflicted by the Japanese army in World War II. Starting in the late nineties, Galang built relationships with women at Lolas' House, a community center for women's organizing in Manila, and records their testimony--at once intensely personal and globally political--in this searing book. Don't miss this rare appearance by Florida-based author Galang, one of the heads of VONA. Galang will be joined in conversation by Sophia Hussain, AAWW's Programs Coordinator.
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Come for a special night investigating how young Muslim Americans resist empire through hip hop and other musical subcultures. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer calls it “Muslim Cool”—her term for how young Muslims in the United States fight state power by engaging with Black identity, particularly through fashion and music. In a time when Black Muslims face both Islamophobia and anti-blackness, her work represents a vital intervention. Zain Alam, the lead singer of the band Humeysha, loops samples of North Indian soundscapes with lyrics that shift between English, Hindi and Urdu to imagine a new Muslim sonic culture, inspired equally by My Bloody Valentine and J Dilla. They’ll speak with the Canadian-Somali writer Muna Mire, a contributor to The New Inquiry, Vice, and The New York Times Magazine.
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Su'ad Abdul Khabeer’s Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States (NYU 2016) investigates the concept of “Muslim Cool.” The term refers to how young American Muslims draw on blackness—often via hip hop—to construct their own identities and challenge American racist norms. The result of ethnographic research with young, black Muslims in Chicago, the Purdue University Professor investigates the interconnections between Black and Muslim identity, countering notions that the two are fundamentally different. H. Samy Alim writes: “Muslim Cool is, as dead prez once rapped, bigger than Hip Hop—it is a must-read for anyone interested in race, religion and culture in contemporary America.” Khabeer teaches American Culture at the University of Michigan.
Zain Alam is an artist whose work explores South Asian artistic traditions, transnational movements in the Islamic world, and diasporic identity in the U.S. He was recently BHQFU Fellow at ArtCenter/South Florida and is currently a graduate student in Islamic studies at Harvard University, and the frontman of the NYC-based recording project Humeysha.
Muna Mire’s work can be found at the New York Times Magazine, Teen Vogue, The New Republic, Mask Magazine, The Nation, and VICE. She works at The Rundown with Robin Thede, a new late night comedy show on BET. Read their Twitter @Muna_Mire and their classic piece, “Towards a Black Muslim Ontology of Resistance” in The New Inquiry...