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Spring 2015


The MES Course List for Fall 2015 is now available!

You can download the PDF here, or find the courses on our website.


World War Free - A New Album by The Narcicyst

On Friday, May 29th, the UCSB MultiCultural Center is proud to present in concert Iraqi-Canadian musician The Narcicyst at 8pm in the MCC Theater where he will premiere his new album World War Free with an exciting multimedia show.  Opening the evening’s event will be Syrian-American hip-hop artist and activist Omar Offendum.  The artists will conduct a Q & A session with the audience immediately following the concert to discuss their music, activism, ongoing projects, etc. 

Come early to support the Arab Student Group and Lebanese Social Club who will be selling Middle Eastern food and drinks!

Artist Bios:

Yassin "The Narcicyst" Alsalman is a leading Arab musician, actor, and multimedia artist who has performed across the world and shared the stage with influential Hip-Hop acts such as Wu-tang Clan, Public Enemy and Mos Def.  Born in Dubai and raised in Canada, Narcy has experienced life in many contexts and has always prided himself on questioning the powers that be in his music or writings.  A graduate in Political Science and Communication Studies, the Narcicyst went on to get a Master’s degree in Media Studies focusing on identity politics in Hip-Hop poetics, specifically encountering and dissecting the Arab-American experience through a thesis project titled Fear of An Arab Planet.  He has since published a book based on the project, penned a series of opinion editorials for CNN and the Huffington Post, and began teaching at Concordia University where he helped develop a course on the history and cultural impact of Hip Hop culture.  With the premiere of his latest album, World War Free, The Narcicyst intends to make the audience see themselves through the proverbial mirror that is the current state of the world and help shape a future made by the will of humanity for peace and prosperity.

Omar Offendum was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC, and now resides in Los Angeles where he is a hip-hop artist, poet, and peace activist.   He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera/PBS /LA Times/Rolling Stone/VICE/NY Times), conducted world concert tours, raised funds for various humanitarian relief organizations, lectured at many prestigious academic institutions, and has been involved in creating several critically-acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa.

For more information, visit www.thenarcicyst.com and www.offendum.com. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.mcc.ucsb.edu or at the A.S. Ticket Office on campus or call 805.893.2064.


UCSB Middle East Ensemble Spring Concert

Saturday, May 30th / 7:30 PM

Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
Tickets available at AS Ticket Office, www.music.ucsb.edu, and at the door
FREE for UCSB students

Please join the UCSB Middle East Ensemble as we present our formal Spring concert on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.  The concert will begin at 7:30 pm, a new starting time.
Highlights include two extended sets of Turkish music featuring our baglama saz ensemble (the baglama saz, a long-necked lute, is one of the most popular musical instruments in Turkey): in one set, we will perform Turkish Sufi music featuring songs of Yunus Emre (c.1240 – c.1320) and Sidki Baba (1865-1928); in the second set, we present four famous songs of Turkish folk and popular music.
We will also feature a set of Palestinian music and dance, featuring Sam Khattar, vocal, and Clarissa Bitar`ud.  Dr. Andrea Fishman will present twoSephardic songs, one from the Greek island of Rhodes, the other from Turkey.  We will also feature three Armenian instrumental compositions/dances.
As always, the Ensemble's Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Cairo, Southern (Upper) Egypt, Lebanon/Palestine, Turkey, and a Latin/Arab fusion with choreographies by Alexandra King, Cris! Basimah, Ellen Chang & Alicia Cordero, and others.  We are also proud to feature a dance by the UCSB Armenian Student Association’s Yeraz Dance Team and duet by the Atamian brothers, David and Alexander.


Center for Middle East Studies

End of Year Celebration & Recognition Party

Monday, June 1 / 2:00-5:00pm
Student Resources Building, Multi-Purpose Room

Join the Center for Middle East Studies for its annual end of the year celebration!

d Free food and drink!

Middle Eastern Music!

Come give a big cheer to graduating seniors and other accomplished students and faculty, and bid bon voyage to travelers!




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