TTU to host Arab Pop symposium on Feb. 23-24

Tennessee Tech University presents an “Arab Pop” symposium, to call attention to the modern Arab world, Feb. 23-24.

Visiting scholars Dr. Joel Gordon and Dr. Ted Swedenburg from the University of Arkansas’s history and anthropology departments, respectively, and Dr. Elliott Colla from Brown University’s comparative literature department will lead the symposium.

It begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, with the 1958 Egyptian film “Cairo Station” showing in the Derryberry Hall Auditorium. Following the film, the visiting professors will lead a discussion about Arab values, tension and imitation during a decade of increasing Western cultural influence.

An exhibit of modern Arab memorabilia entitled, “Middle East Pop,” will be on display beginning at noon the following day in the Tech Pride Room of the Roaden University Center.

It will feature posters, black market cassettes, decals, sheet music and other Arab cultural materials that the scholars have collected in a project they are working on through the King Fahd Center at the University of Arkansas.

The project aims to create a research network for scholars of Middle Eastern popular and material culture, and they will present an informal information session at the beginning of the exhibit.

A Center Stage event, the symposium is free and open to the public.

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