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Trends in Arab Pop-Culture Topic of Lecture at Creighton

Trends in Arab Pop Culture Topic of Lecture at Creighton

Contemporary trends in Middle Eastern popular music and recent Egyptian Cinema are the topics of a lecture, from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Two members of the King Fahd Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies at the University of Arkansas will present “Trends in Arab Pop Culture.”

Ted Swedenburg, Ph.D., will present “Contemporary Trends in Middle Eastern Popular Music.” Swedenburg’s research focuses on popular music that crosses boundaries between the Middle East and the West, including Franco-Algerian rai music, Islamic hip-hop, Arab-Jewish singers in Israel, Moroccan gnawa music and, Nubian pop in Egypt. He is he author of “Memories of Revolt: The 1936-39 Rebellion and and the Palestinian National Past.”

Joel Gordon, Ph.D., will present “What’s Playing at Cairo’s Theatres: Recent Egyptian Cinema.” He teaches and writes on Modern Middle East history and memory, politics and culture, film, music and media and religion. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and the author of thee books: “Nasser’s Blessed Movement: Egypt’s Free Officers and the July Revolution”; “Revolutionary Melodrama: Popular Film and Civic Culture in Nasser’s Egypt” and “Nasser: Hero of the Arab Nation.”

The lecture is sponsored by the Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J., Professorship in History. The professorship was established in honor and recognition of Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J., a long-time member of the history department. Fr. Casper was an expert in nineteenth century European History and in American church history; his most important work was a three-volume history of the Catholic Church in Nebraska. The Casper Professorship is funded by an endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Ryan of Omaha.