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As the REM Center is no longer available for our programs, programs will be either at the Alfond Center or the Waterville Public Library.
Alfond Center 12 noon
Colby College’s Oak Fellow
The Threat to Journalists in the Sudan
Khalid Albaih is a political cartoonist from Sudan. He is Colby’s 2016 Oak Fellow at the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights.
Albaih uses his daring, often biting cartoons to champion freedom of expression and democracy in the Arab world, while criticizing Western Islamophobia and U.S. practices including torture and drone attacks.
Albaih draws simple but evocative images that are primarily displayed online. Many of those images have gone viral, earning him international recognition. Huffington Post mentions him first in its list of the world’s leading Arab cartoonists.
During the Arab Spring uprising in 2011, Albaih’s images were turned into stencils and reproduced on city walls in Cairo and Sana’a. He acquired thousands of followers on his Facebook site (“Khartoon!”—a play on his artistic medium and his former home in the capital of Sudan). His work also has appeared in exhibitions in Vienna, London, Montreal, Detroit, Bahrain, and The Hague and has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times and Al-Jazeera.
The son of a diplomat and a social justice activist, Albaih was born in Romania and grew up in Sudan and Qatar, where he now lives. He received a B.A. in interior design engineering from the Ajman University of Science and Technology and worked as a graphic designer and multimedia specialist before becoming head of installations and design for public art in Qatar Museums Authority.
Registration and lunch information will be posted soon!
at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan
Note the earlier starting time, so get there 15 minutes early if you are having lunch.
Professor Loring Danforth of Bates College
Saudi Modern: Contemporary Art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The images most Americans have of Saudi Arabia are frighteningly predictable – deserts, camels, and oil; Sharia law, Islamic fundamentalism, and jihad; rich sheikhs in white robes, oppressed women in black veils, and terrorists. In this talk I challenge these destructive Orientalist stereotypes by introducing the relatively unknown world of contemporary Saudi art. The work of young Saudi artists presents a unique insiders perspective on Saudi society and culture that offers more nuanced and complex portraits of Saudi Arabia than those that circulate in the American media. An open air mosque made out of chain link fencing. Yoda sitting next to King Faisal as Saudi Arabia joins the United Nations. And a Saudi woman painting a junked car pink.
Loring M. Danforth is chair of the Anthropology Department at Bates College, where he has taught since 1978. He is the author of five books and has written extensively on Greece. His latest work, Crossing the Kingdom: Portraits of Saudi Arabia (University of California Press) is based upon a trip to the country he took with sixteen students in 2012.
Lunch details and registration information will be published closer to the program date.
Steve Ball, Board member, will speak on his year in Vietnam. He returned in May.
Details will be published soon.
The Board will be scheduling programs for 2017. Details will be posted once firm dates and speakers are finalized.