Princeton, NJ, 08540
Joined on March, 2014
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EducationYale University, BA History of Art, 2007
Fulbright Fellow, Islamic Art, Jordan 2010-11
ExperienceI grew up around the world and have long experience tutoring languages (Arabic, English, and Persian) to diverse types of students and professionals both in the US and the Middle East. My strengths lie in developing customized study programs for my students based on their specific individual language needs and goals. My niche is in providing students of Modern Standard Arabic with the colloquial language training and practice that will allow them to communicate naturally and effectively in a living Middle Eastern environment (rather than sound like they just stepped out of a classroom or newspaper).
I'm an independent curator, writer, and artist whose passion for contemporary and historical cultures of the Middle East spans theoretical aesthetics to applied cultural diplomacy. In 2009 I curated the Yale showing of "Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World," and in 2012 I co-curated "THIS IS also GAZA," an exhibition of contemporary visual arts from the Gaza Strip. The way I see it, my job is to harness the vast power of the arts to communicate -- and transcend -- culture, creating opportunities for fresh, nuanced, more honest perspectives on contemporary Arab and Iranian realities in our globalizing world. When it comes to sensitive issues of regional, international, and civilizational politics, I believe the arts can bring people and insights together where other disciplines and approaches often fall short.
HobbiesI have a growing interest in Arab cinema. I work as a script consultant for an independent Jordanian film production company based in Amman, and am the arts & academic Liaison for a new film collective that aims to create experimental, absurdist and alternative narratives about the realities of life in the Middle East.
Photography is a hobby, especially if it involves dress-up! I'm working on a series of self-portraits where the visual culture of American women's fashion editorials comes together with representations of women from painting and film history to produce personal yet iconic images of cross-cultural femininity and to comment on the endless archive of mediated and mental images that go into our sense of self.
I have a black cat named Sultan who came to Princeton with me all the way from Jordan, where I rescued him as an abandoned runt from the streets of Amman.
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