4400 University Drive
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030
The Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a literary and visual arts project with cultural festivals planned for January-March 2016 at George Mason University and throughout the area. Exhibits, readings, films, and numerous interactive public programs will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street. In advance of that project, panelists draw on their own experiences to speak about the value of a free exchange of ideas and knowledge. Panelists include Elliott Colla, author of Baghdad Central and director of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University; Sumaiya Hamdani, professor of Middle Eastern Studies at George Mason University; Sarah Browning, director of Split This Rock; Zein El-Amine of Maryland’s Young Scholars Program and assistant director of the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House at the University of Maryland; and Mousa Al-Nasseri, a merchant from Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, Iraq. The panel will be moderated by Helen Frederick and Terry P. Scott.