July 15 2012, 03:00pm
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Malek Jandali, Mona Simpson & James Gelvin


Malek Jandali, Mona Simpson & James Gelvin


Syrian musician Malek Jandali and his cousin, award-winning writer Mona Simpson, will discuss the uprising in Syria and how their heritage informs their creative work. Jandali is an acclaimed pianist and composer considered to be among the most versatile and creative musicians in the Arab world. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Freedom of Expression award for his song “Watani Ana (I am my Homeland),” as well as his activism in the Arab Spring movement. Simpson is the author of Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, Off Keck Road, and most recently My Hollywood. Jandali and Simpson will be joined by UCLA professor James L. Gelvin, an American scholar of Middle Eastern history and renowned expert on contemporary politics in Syria.

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Hammer Presents: Malek Jandali in Concert on Monday, July 16 at 7:30PM.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 for 3 hours with validation.

Public programs are made possible by Hammer Members and the generosity of Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and an anonymous donor.


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