The Markaz welcomes you on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 7 pm (7 pm meet and greet, 8 pm program) to its new literary salon or tertulia (Spanish for literary-social gathering) to talk about Tunisia today and yesterday. Salon Tunisien takes place in a comfortable artistic setting, and is the beginning of a regular monthly series. You needn't necessarily be Tunisian—indeed, everyone's welcome (including other North Africans!), and the conversation is open. Among the subjects are discussion of the recent events in Tunisia, the winning of the Nobel Peace Prize, Tunisian society then and now, Muslim-Jewish relations, Tunisian Jews, the Tunisian diaspora and more. Personal stories, professional experiences and thoughtful opinions are welcome, as are poems, short (short) stories, and brief discussion of recent books, movies and music. There will be sample food and a wine-tasting.
7 pm meet and greet, 8 pm program.
Special guest speaker Dr. Feryal Cherif will talk about the Tunisian NGOs that won the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize and the status of the democratic transition. She is an assistant professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Cherif studies international relations and politics of the Middle East with an emphasis on gender and human rights. She received her Ph.D. from NYU in 2005. Her recent book, Myths about Women's Rights: How, Where, and Why Rights Advance (OUP, 2015), examines conventional wisdoms about why women’s rights advance in some countries but continue to lag in others. Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Politics and International Studies Quarterly among others.
The evening is without charge, provided you make a reservation; the cover at the door if you do not reserve is $10. Donations to The Markaz are welcome and some options, including supporting memberships, are posted below. Additional special guest participants will be announced for this event.
This evening's hosts are Fay Abed and Monia Fdaïl, who kindly request that you RSVP so we know how much food to prepare (space limited). Shuqran/merci! Call 323.413.2001.
Pictured here are the four representatives of the Tunisian Quartet, recipients of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. The National Dialogue Quartet has comprised four key organizations in Tunisian civil society: the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT, Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA, Union Tunisienne de l'Industrie, du Commerce et de l'Artisanat), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH, La Ligue Tunisienne pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie).
Watch this video about why the Quartet won the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize:
- January 12, 2016 at 7pm – 10pm
- The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd LA 90035
- $5.00 USD
- 9 people are going
Monia Fdaïl, Fay Abed