Arts Management Training from The Kennedy Center, DC, to the Middle East

Michael Kaiser And the Quest For a New Global Theater
Washington Post, 11/22/2007

Arts management as cultural diplomacy: Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser "has developed an almost messianic urge to teach the art of arts management to struggling cultural institutions around the globe." He recently traveled to Ramallah to help an ambitious but challenged theater, following a Kennedy Center-sponsored symposium in Cairo last March "at which he presented a workshop to 140 arts administrators from 17 Arab nations."

Middle East Theatres perform at Dancing On the Edge Festival, Netherlands

Dancing on the Edge- Confronting Dance from the Middle East A new view of an ancient region.

New images from the Middle East. This time not as we are used to seeing them, but through the eyes of dance and movement of artists who live and work in the region itself. In this festival they will present pieces that reflect the issues important to them and to their societies.

In Dancing on the Edge- Confronting Dance from the Middle East, a young generation of choreographers will show eleven contemporary dance performances from seven countries, including collaborations between Dutch and Middle Eastern dance artists. Their backgrounds, styles of working and degree of experience all vary greatly, but what unites them is their engagement as artists and their urgent need to express themselves through the medium of dance.

In addition to the performances, a program (OnEdge/Offstage) of debates, lectures, introductions and public conversations with the artists, as well as network and expert meetings will take place. A special edition of Cinedans will present dance films from the Middle East.

Translating the Middle East: Essays

[arab-artists] Translating the Middle East: Essays

CFP Translating the Middle East:Collection of Essays 11/30/2007
Contributions are invited for a collection of scholarly articles
examining the politics of translating the Middle East cultures. Papers can
address a number of questions such as: What are the overall politics of
translation between the Middle Eastern cultures as well as those cultures and the
West? In what ways are these cultures represented through translation?
What other theoretical frameworks can assist in the understanding
of the process of translation? In what ways the linguistic barriers impact
translation within the Middle East? What is the role of such issues as
gender, sexuality, class in the process of selection for
translation and representation? In what ways are the politics of reception and
translation related? What is the process and the determinant factors for
selecting the works to be translated? What role does the market play in this
context? What is the impact of cyber-space, and in general new technical
modes of communication, for translation?

Please submit a brief abstract (about 500 words) and the title your
paper for consideration by December 30, 2007 to:

Shouleh Vatanabadi
New York University

NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU (New York University) has completed an agreement with representatives of the Emirate of
Abu Dhabi to create “NYU Abu Dhabi,” the first comprehensive liberal arts campus
to be operated abroad by a major U.S. research university.  This campus, when
completed, is expected to serve upwards of 2,000 students, principally from the
Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Europe.  Site selection and campus
planning will begin soon, and we expect to start operations at the campus in 2010.

The commitment by both parties is to build a U.S.-style, research
university-focused, educational experience.  NYU Abu Dhabi will be a residential
research university overseen by New York-based faculty and senior administrators
and built with academic quality and practices conforming to the same standards
as those at NYU’s Washington Square campus, including our standards of academic
freedom.  A state-of-the-art campus – including classrooms, library and
information technology facilities, laboratories, academic buildings, faculty
housing, dormitories, and athletic and performance facilities – will be
developed by the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi to designs and
standards agreed upon by NYU.  The costs of planning, designing, and building
the campus and all expenses related to the operation of NYU Abu Dhabi will be
assumed by the government of Abu Dhabi. 

While the programs will follow a liberal arts model, this is not to say that we
will feel compelled to replicate every detail of the current program at
Washington Square.  Rather, working with our faculty, we have the opportunity to
create an innovative educational experience true to our ideals and standards.
And Abu Dhabi officials are committed to working with us on building research
opportunities and graduate programs at NYU Abu Dhabi.

NYU Abu Dhabi will also present new research and teaching opportunities for our
faculty, and it will keep us in the forefront of intellectual, cultural, and
educational institutions, many of which have been drawn to this region of the

NYU President Sexton