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CANCELED: Arab American Heritage & National Poetry Month | Sensibilia: Explorations in Arabic Poetry


Tuesday April 21, 2020: 6:30pm to 8:45pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Ideas germinate in the furrows of imagination as the reader’s eyes encounter words in a poem. What if the smells, tastes, textures and sounds that infused the text came to life, and could be experienced as tangibly as text perceived by the human eye?

Paradigms will shift in the reader’s sensorium at Sensibilia, where multimodal experiences accompany real-time encounters with scents, tastes, textures and sounds referenced in Arabic poetry. Interactions with fragrance, food, music, and the warp and weft of textiles will transport your senses—and your sense of what is possible in a poetry experience. 

Dr. Wessam Elmeligi (U-M Dearborn) and Michelle Krell Kydd (Smell & Tell / Taste & Tell at AADL) will co-present with contributions by: Hadil Ghoneim (author), Rima Hassouneh (U-M Community Outreach Coordinator, CMENAS and CSEAS) and Dr. Yasmin Moll (U-M Assistant Professor, Anthropology).  Readings will be conducted in English and Arabic. 

Tastes of Middle Eastern pastry from Farhat Sweets in Sterling Heights are included in this multisensory program. 

This event is collaboration with the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies (CMENAS) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; the Department of Language, Culture and Communication at University of Michigan-Dearborn; and the Arab American Advisory Group for Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS).