Tertulia – Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman and his book, Text Messages: Or How I Found Myself Time Travelling

Tertulia – Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman


Online Event

Our next tertulia features multi-media artist Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman on the intersections of hip-hop, art and activism, and his book, Text Messages: Or How I Found Myself Time Travelling (Fernwood) on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30pm (Atlantic Time) on Zoom.

Get the Zoom link here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpcuihqT0jHNCHXkE_-FKULpUbdLFxU57W

Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman is a polymath. He is renowned as a pioneer of the Arab voice in hip-hop culture and one of the formative voices from the Iraqi diaspora. He is a professor at Concordia University, an award-winning music video director, an actor, and a celebrated musician. Most importantly, he is a father of two.

Text Messages: Or How I Found Myself Time Traveling is the first multi-genre collection by Montreal-based Iraqi hip-hop artist, activist, and professor Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman.

Composed entirely on a smartphone during air travel and married to artwork from comrades, Narcy’s writing speaks of the existential crises experienced by diasporic children of war before and during imperialism in the age of the Internet.

From the depths of apathetic consumerism arises a voice of spiritual self-realization that explodes the misrepresented, mythical monolith of Islam in the West and with the rubble builds healing through intelligent resistance and radical love.

What is a tertulia? A tertulia can be described as a literary and artistic social gathering or philosophy café where participants talk about big thinkers, artists and ideas. This winter, Tertulias Fredericton has put together a series on activists and social movements that have shaped our lives and allowed us to imagine a better future.

Tertulias Fredericton is supported by the NB Media Co-op, publisher of videos of the Tertulia talks, book publishers FernwoodBetween the Lines and Verso as well as the Tobique River Trading Co.

Upcoming Tertulias

Feb. 17 – Bryan Palmer, Professor Emeritus, Trent University, and author of Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934 (Haymarket), co-author of Toronto’s Poor: A Rebellious History (Between the Lines), past editor of the journal, Labour/Le Travail on the Canadian left in the epoch of declining expectations.

March 3 – Nina Lakhani, environmental justice reporter with The Guardian, on her book, Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet (Verso).

March 10 – Harsha Walia, migrant justice activist and executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, on her book, Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism and the Rise of Racist Nationalism (Fernwood).

March 24 – Basil Alexander, Assistant Professor of Law, University of New Brunswick, on Dudley George and the Ipperwash Inquiry.

March 31 – Caroline Ennis, organizer of the 1979 Tobique Women’s March to Ottawa, on how she and other Tobique women organized to stop gender discrimination in the Indian Act.

April 14 – Jason MacLean, Assistant Professor of Law, University of New Brunswick, on Greta Thunberg, #FridaysForFuture and the Lessons of Youth Climate Activism.

For more information, visit Tertulias Fredericton on Facebook or contact: fredericton.tertulia@gmail.com

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