Reimagining Historic Artifacts & Archives feat. Omar Offendum

7 p.m. Thursday, March 21


As hip-hop artist and activist Omar Offendum embarks on his next creative journey through a residency with University Musical Society (UMS), audiences are invited to join him for a lively discussion about the fabled Little Syria neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. Joining Offendum for this discussion is Charlotte Karem Albrecht, Assistant Professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she is also a core faculty member for the Arab and Muslim American Studies program and affiliated faculty for the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. 

Immigrants from the Arab world first settled Little Syria over a century ago, forming the foundations of contemporary Arab American culture. Guided by readings and recitations from some of the notable authors/poets of this time period, and supplemented with artifacts from the AANM collection, attendees will consider how this early immigrant experience might inform what is happening in America today. 

In the spirit of bustling Arab coffeehouses that once lined Washington Street in Little Syria, this intimate gathering will appeal to historians, artists, poets and activists, with coffee service provided by Dearborn’s Qahwah House.


Omar Offendum 

Charlotte Karem Albrecht

Presented in partnership with University Musical Society.

13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 - Phone (313) 582-AANM (2266) A Project of ACCESS