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September 19, 2017
Launch event for Threads From the Refugee Crisis
Verso loft
September 19, 2017
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Verso loft
20 Jay Street Suite 1010
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Launch event for Threads and discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis

Join Verso Books, Muftah, and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research for the launch of Kate Evans’ new graphic novel, Threads from the Refugee Crisis and a wide-ranging discussion on the refugee crisis in Syria and the Middle East.

Artist, writer and activist Kate Evans volunteered at the refugee camp in Calais, France, also known as ‘The Jungle’ in late 2015/early 2016 and recounts the stories of many of the people she met there, all while arguing for the compassionate treatment of refugees and the free movement of peoples.

Kate will be joined by Loubna Mrie, journalist and Syrian rights activist and Maryam Jamshidi, lawyer and founder of Muftah.org for a discussion on the wider context of the civil war in Syria,  Western media portrayals of the refugee crisis, and the role of the US War on Terror in exacerbating the forced migration of people from war torn regions. The discussion will be moderated by Anthony Alessandrini, a Brooklyn Institute faculty member, professor of English at Kingsborough Community College-CUNY and affiliate faculty member of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Copies of Threads will be available for sale and wine and beer will be available for donation.

Kate Evans is a cartoonist, artist, and activist. She is the author of numerous books and zines including Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg. Bump: How to Make, Grow and Birth a Baby and Funny Weather: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know about Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out. She was awarded the John C. Laurence Award in 2016.

Loubna Mrie is a Syrian civil rights activist and photojournalist.

Maryam Jamshidi is a lawyer and writer with nearly ten years of experience working on issues relating to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Maryam’s writing has appeared in various academic publications, as well as in media outlets such as Al Jazeera English and TruthOut. She is the founder of Muftah.org and serves as Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at NYU Law School.

Anthony Alessandrini is a faculty member of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and professor of English at Kingsborough Community College-CUNY. He is also on the faculty of the MA Program in Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is a member of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. He is the author of Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different; the editor of Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives; and the co-editor of “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey. He is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya E-Zine and a contributor to Status Audio Journal.

Muftah launched in May 2010 to provide English-speaking audiences with incisive analysis on countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that eschewed the Western media’s focus on terrorism, oil, and Islamism, and highlighted the complex factors that shape and influence regional countries and populations. Since then, we have extended our coverage to Central Asia and Eastern Europe, and plan to keep expanding to other parts of the globe that are similarly misunderstood and misrepresented by mainstream media outlets.

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research is an interdisciplinary teaching and research institute that offers critical, community-based education in the humanities and social sciences. Working in partnership with local businesses and cultural organizations, we integrate rigorous but accessible scholarly study with the everyday lives of working adults and re-imagine scholarship for the 21st century.