White Supremacy: Arab and African American Experiences in the Jim Crow South

7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 

Charles H. Wright Museum Of African American History
315 E Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201


The Arab American National Museum and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History unite artists and scholars to explore the untold history of Arab American experiences in the Jim Crow South. This panel will explore the distinct yet intersecting experiences of Arab and African American communities confronting white supremacy, starting from Jim Crow to today. The panel will be moderated by AANM’s Research & Content Manager, Dr. Matthew Jaber Stiffler


Ismail Khalidi is a playwright and director who has written, directed, performed, curated and taught internationally. He was born in Beirut to Palestinian parents and raised in Chicago. His plays include Tennis in Nablus (Alliance Theatre, 2010), Truth Serum Blues (Pangea World Theater, 2005), Foot (Teatro Amal, 2016-17), Sabra Falling (Pangea World Theater, 2017), Returning to Haifa (Finborough Theatre, 2018) and Dead Are My People (Noor Theatre, 2019). Khalidi's plays have been published in numerous anthologies. His writing on politics and culture has appeared in The Nation, Guernica, American Theatre Magazine and Remezcla. His poetry and plays have been published by Mizna, and he co-edited Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora (TCG, 2015). Khalidi is currently a Visiting Artist at Teatro Amal in Chile. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Dr. Sarah Gualtieri is associate professor in the Departments of History, American Studies and Ethnicity and former director of the Middle East Studies Program at the University of Southern California. Trained at McGill University and at the University of Chicago, her research focuses on questions of race, gender and migration as they relate to the movement and circulation of peoples from greater Syria to the Americas. Her research bridges several fields, notably Middle Eastern Migration Studies, Arab American Studies, Transnational American Studies and Critical Ethnic Studies. Gualtieri’s publications include articles and her book Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora (University of California Press, 2009). She was the recipient of a 2016-17 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to advance on her project on Syrians in Southern California.

Dr. Christian Davenport is a professor of political science at the University of Michigan as well as a faculty associate at the Center for Political Studies. Primary research interests include political conflict (e.g., human rights violations, genocide/politicide, torture, political surveillance, civil war and social movements), measurement, racism and popular culture. He is the author of five books and numerous articles for reviews and journals. He is the recipient of numerous grants, including 10 from the National Science Foundation, and awards including the Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar Award and a Residential Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences – Stanford University. He is also engaged in various data collection efforts, developing crowd-sourcing data collection programs and co-organizing workshops/conferences/web portals facilitating the development of conflict/peace studies.

This program is presented in conjunction with AANM’s temporary exhibition, THEM: Objects of Separation, Hate and Violence, on display through March 11, 2018, as well as AANM’s Global Fridays series, featuring Noor Theatre’s staged reading of Dead Are My People, a new work by playwright Ismail Khalidi, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at AANM. More info + tickets

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