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September 19, 2016
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UC Berkeley Reinstates Course on Palestine

Paola Bacchetta: Thanks to the tremendous amount of organizing by many constituencies, the previously suspended Palestine course at Berkeley was officially reinstated this morning. This is a victory thanks to activism. Many thanks to all who helped make this happen.

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September 17, 2016
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merged IV at rochester fringe festival 2016

saw merged IV today, a blend of dance, music and film at Kilbourn Hall The Eastman School Of Music. it’s part of the Rochester Fringe Festival. the first piece “continuum of solace” is choreographed by heather roffe to “continuum,” a captivating musical score written by jane antonia cornish for string instruments, and played live on stage. cornish describes the piece as connecting time, tides, and place. it is so full of longing, it’s impossible not to be moved. this yearning for connection is visualized with lyrical dance choreography. dancers unite to support and lift one another only to unlink. the stage is partly lit and imbues them with the delicate quality of renaissance sculpture. so beautiful.

the second piece “dust” is choreographed by james hansens and inspired by the homily “if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake the dust from your feet when you leave the house.” he’s contemporized it to reflect the current political climate in america.

“reflections” choreographed by roffe, is a collaboration with filmmaker Johannes Bockwoldt and includes both dance and film. how appropriate that it’s on the subject of intersectionality. johannes interviewed local artists, innovators and mavericks to talk about their work, their passions, their vision for the world (including yours truly) and then intercut the footage in a most dynamic way.

the last piece is choreographed by hansens to jeff buckley’s music including “lilac wine” (i’m obsessed by nina simone’s interpretation but this was also amazing). all in all, a brilliant evening. you can still experience it on sept 19 and 20, at 7pm, at kilbourn hall. don’t miss it!

merged IV

merged IV

September 15, 2016
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interviewing miko peled

wonderful interview with miko peled this morning. thank u rajesh barnabas for partnering with me on this project. so miko is not only a compelling writer/activist but also a really warm and accessible human being. we will edit the footage soon and share the interview on social media and on the Witness Palestine Rochester page. pls do not miss this chance to hear him speak and meet him. historic german house (315 Gregory St, Rochester, NY) at 7pm. it’s free and bound to be extremely thought provoking! see u then!

with miko peled

with rajesh barnabas and miko peled