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Sleep Song: Iraq, Art and War: A Three Part Conference: Part II

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus East Gallery, Buell Hall


American poet, slammer, and musician Mike Ladd conducted interviews with 35 Iraq War veterans and used this material to create poetry and a musical performance, Sleep Song, working with Maurice Decaule, American Army veteran, and Ahmed Abdul Hussein, director of the House of Poetry in Baghdad.  The trio worked with musicians Serge Teyssot-Gay, Ahmed Mukhtar, and Vijay Iyer to give voice to the nightmares haunting those who lived through the Iraq war. Sleep Song will have its American premiere at the Harlem Stage on December 2 and 3. Artists, academics, and cultural actors discuss this work and explore the theme of art and war in a series of panel discussions at the Maison Française.

Part II: Art Against War?

Jean-Louis Fabiani, sociologist, Directeur d'Etudes, EHESS, Paris; Mary Marshall Clark, Director of the Center for Oral History, Columbia; Philip Bohlman, University of Chicago; Hélène Hatzfeld, French Cultural Ministry. 

Sleep Song conference moderated by Denis Laborde, CNRS / EHESS, Paris. Co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, Royaumont Foundation, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.