EDUCATIONAL

The Assyrian Studies Association's educational events focus on promoting Assyrian heritage and culture by partnering and collaborating with institutions, universities, scholars, and educators from around the globe to bring you quality content that's educational for you and your family to enjoy!

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August 27, 2022

The Story of Art and the Art of Stories: Living Culture from Mesopotamia to New York

Date: August 27, 2022

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Speakers: Assyrian artist Nenous Thabet and Iraqi-Americ poet and activist Ahmed Badr. Guest speakers include Sarah Graff, curator at The Met, Sargon Donabed, and Reine Hanna.

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Meet Our Speakers

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Nenous Thabet,

Assyrian Artist

Ninos Thabet Mikhail, is a graduate of Mosul University, where he earned his Bachelor degree in fine arts in 2020. Nenous is a highly skilled Sculptor and Artist with more than 6 years of experience on working on large sculptures, paintings and drawing projects on street walls. He has taken part of many art competitions, such as Mosul College Fine Art Competition and Shabab Tok Competition. 

Nenous learned the art of sculpture and drawing from his father, sculptor Thabet Mikhail. Since childhood, Nenous developed his talent for drawing from his studies, participating in art exhibitions in the governorates of Iraq. When Nenous is not creating art, he has volunteered his talent at nonprofits such as Etuti Institute and SOS organization.

Nenous has also won numerous awards such as First Prize in the Creative Arts Competition, Sculpture Category / Mosul University 2019, First Prize in the International Assyrian Competition / America 2021, and Third prize in the fine arts category in the Youth Talk competition at the level of Iraq / Baghdad 2017.

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Ahmed Badr,

Iraqi-American Poet and Activist

Ahmed M. Badr is a 23-year-old Iraqi-American author, poet, and social entrepreneur working at the intersection of creativity, displacement, and youth empowerment. Ahmed’s work seeks to combine poetry, archival collections, and multi-media to explore the complexities of migration, identity, and self-expression, with a focus on reframing and reclaiming the power of tragedy. He is author of While the Earth Sleeps We Travel: Stories, Poetry, and Art from Young Refugees Around the World (Andrews McMeel).

As a teen, Ahmed founded Narratio, an organization and online platform that activates, supports, and highlights the creative expression of displaced young people through fellowships, workshops, publishing, and partnerships. In the summer of 2019, Narratio launched an annual storytelling Fellowship for resettled refugee youth in partnership with Syracuse University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the past four years, work by the Narratio Fellows has reached over two million individuals worldwide.  

Ahmed received a BA in Anthropology from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University. He is a National Geographic Young Explorer, and serves as one of 17 UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals in the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth. He has exhibited at Harvard Divinity School, Yale Law School, Juilliard, UNICEF House, Christie's, and World Bank Headquarters.

Left to Right: Nenous Thabet, Ahmed Badr, and Dr. Sargon Donabed.

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Left to Right: Nenous Thabet, Ahmed Badr, and Dr. Sargon Donabed.

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Left to Right: Nenous Thabet, Ahmed Badr, and Dr. Sargon Donabed.

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Photographs From The Story of Art and the Art of Stories: Living Culture from Mesopotamia to New York

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June 30 - Aug 7, 2022

Tell Our Stories: Artifacts From the Assyrian Genocide 

Date: June 30- August 7, 2022

Location: California State University, Stanislaus

Cost: Free. 

Official Website: https://www.csustan.edu/modern-assyrian-heritage/tell-our-stories-exhibition

SponsorsCalifornia Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Assyrian Arts Institute and the Assyrian Studies Association.

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This project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.
 

This project is also made possible with the support of the Assyrian Arts Institute and the Assyrian Studies Association. 

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(center) Dr. Ruth Kamber presenting her speech at the closing program. (left) Dr. Erin Hughes, Professor at California State University, Stanislaus.

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(left). Assyrian artist Nenous Thabet, Shabhum Samuels, (center) Dr. Ruth Kambar and Dr. Erin Hughes being presented with the Certificate of Congressional Recognition by Congressman Josh Harder (pictured left).

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(center) Dr. Ruth Kamber presenting her speech at the closing program. (left) Dr. Erin Hughes, Professor at California State University, Stanislaus.

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Photographs From the Closing Program

July 15 - Aug 5, 2021

Recreating Ancient Art Patterns from Mesopotamia: Assyria, Sumer & Babylonia

Date: July 15 - August 5, 2021 (4-weeks)

Instructor: Noora Badeen

Method: Virtual (online). Art supplies needed (see below).

Cost: Free. Suggested donation $100. (Donations directly benefit the Assyrian Studies Association's Preserving Assyria program.)

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June 21 - July 23, 2021

Summer Online Course, "The Heirs of Ashur: Assyrian History and Culture 19th-21st Century

Date: June 21 - July 23, 2021

Instructor: Dr. Sargon Donabed, Associate Professor of History at Roger Williams University.

Method: Asynchronous (complete work at your own pace) and there will be 2 synchronous meetings per week (TBD).

Cost: Participants may earn three credits towards their degree or can register to audit the course. Those who register for credit will receive 15% tuition discount (no promo code necessary).

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