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Art and the Arab Awakening

In the days following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid, burned and battered cars piled up inside state-owned lots throughout the country. Tunisians were expressing their anger and pain by setting fire to cars. This destruction did not last long. The image of ashes and despair soon turned into a positive, rejuvenating project.

Faten Rouissi—a Tunisian artist, activist, and resident of a suburb north of the Tunisian capital of Tunis—took notice of all the burned cars crammed into a vacant lot near her home. Rouissi successfully reached out to artists, performers, students, and youth to help transform the burned cars into “blooming objects in bright colors, adorned with revolutionary graffiti.” Her Street Art in the Neighborhood project established a contemporary public space to promote art as a creative collective. (more…)

Human Rights Bibliography

Books Appiah, Kwame Anthony, and Martin Bunzi. Buying Freedom: The Ethics and Economics of Slave Redemption. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. Aradau, Claudia. Rethinking Trafficking in Women: Politics out of Security. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. Bales, Kevin. Disposable People: … Continue reading


By Beverly Hawk | Journal of Opinion After years of colonial trade, international business speaks an African language. You have to polish your African language to get a good job. Africans do not deign to speak English–except for a few … Continue reading

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