Voices Unheard: The Syria: Trojan Women Summit from Amman, Jordan & Washington DC—Friday 19 September 2014
The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and the Syria: The Trojan Women Project in Amman, Jordan presented a conversation livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 19 September at 4:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles)/ 7:30 p.m. EDT (Washington DC)/ 23:30 GMT / 2:30 a.m. AST (Amman, Jordan on Saturday, September 20) / 9:30 a.m. AEST (Sydney, Australia on Saturday, September 20).
Re-interpreted by a group of women forced to flee their homes in Syria who now live as refugees in Amman, Syria: The Trojan Women weaves the individual experiences of these women in a 21st-century conflict into Euripides’ 2500 year-old text. After premiering in December 2013 in Amman, Jordan to international acclaim, Georgetown was scheduled to host these extraordinary women (Sept. 18-20), under the direction of leading Syrian director Omar Abu Saada, in their first North American performances.
Despite many months of constant efforts and extraordinary advocacy on the women's behalf from a wide range of top officials, ambassadors, and legal experts, the US Bureau of Consular Affairs in Amman has denied the visa applications of the women performers under section 214b of the Immigrant and Nationality Act, failure to demonstrate non-immigrant intent (despite the women's deep ties to their children and young families in Amman).
This one-night-only event on September 19 will include live discussion with the Syrian refugee women who make up the cast (via live-stream from Amman), as well as:
- Leading Syrian director Omar Abu Saada via ivestream in Damascus, Jordan
- Powerful, high-quality recorded excerpts of the play
- Behind-the-scenes documentary footage from the process
- Discussion with a range of leading policy experts and artists about the political realities in the region and the role of art as a humanizing force, including:
- Honey Al Sayed (Creative Consultant/Radio Host & Producer; Co-founder SouriaLi Radio)
- Faisal Al-Juburi (Executive Director, Bridges of Understanding)
- Dale Gavlak (BBC and CNN Correspondent in Amman)
- Derek Goldman (Co-Director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics)
- Faysal Itani (Resident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council)
- Hind Kabawat (Senior Program Officer, United States Institutes of Peace, Syria)
- Cynthia Schneider (Co-Director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics)
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