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Artists and Thinkers: Kareem Fahmy’s Distinct Society

January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is kicking off their virtual “Artists and Thinkers” series, which pairs leading artists with scholars in the field of the humanities to discuss the interplay between art and the human experience. James Monaghan, Hermitage Programs Manager and theater scholar, will be in conversation with Hermitage Fellow Kareem Fahmy to explore his play, “A Distinct Society.”

In Fahmy’s play, a sleepy library that straddles the U.S./Canada border becomes an unlikely crucible for five people from around the world when families separated by the “Muslim ban” begin using the library as a meeting place. Having its world premiere at Pioneer Theater in Salt Lake City only a few days after this event, hear from the playwright about the historical origins of the story, the literary and cultural influences at work, and what this fictionalized moment in history reveals about the real impacts of our common humanity.

This program is presented on Zoom. Registered guests will receive a link to join the webinar event 24 hours prior to the start of the program. Registration is required with a $5/household registration fee. This program is funded in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

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January 23 @ 5:00 pm -
January 23 @ 6:00 pm


Presenter Information:
James R. Monaghan, Hermitage Programs Manager and Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy; Kareem Fahmy, director, playwright, and co-founded the Middle Eastern Writers Lab at The Lark, and Maia Directors, a consulting group for arts organizations presenting works from the Middle East.
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Sydney Ladendecker
(941) 475-2098 ext. 5

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