Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

Abdel-Aziz al-Hamza, the co-founder of the Syrian activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, in conversation with American poet and journalist Eliza Griswold in October 2016.

Abdel-Aziz al-Hamza, the co-founder of the Syrian activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, in conversation with American poet and journalist Eliza Griswold in October 2016.

On October 26, 2016, the New York Institute for the Humanities had the pleasure of hosting Abdel-Aziz al-Hamza, the co-founder of the Syrian activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

Living under the constant threat from ISIS, Hamza and his friends and colleagues risk their lives to uncover human rights abuses in the besieged city of Raqqa, and fight against the occupiers of their homeland through an ingenious blend of gallows humor, social media campaigns, and daring reportage.

Hamza was joined by the American poet and journalist Eliza Griswold, and together with the audience they discussed the power of social media in activist campaigns, redirecting the perception of Raqqa as an ISIS stronghold to that of a city and a people under siege, and Hamza's hope for the future of his city and his country.

Last year, the New Yorker editor and NYIH fellow David Remnick wrote a fantastic profile of the group, which explains their mission and the dangers they face:

http://www.newyorker.com/…/telling-the-truth-about-isis-and…

And you can find more information on Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently here:

http://www.raqqa-sl.com/en/

Audio Archive: The Black Lives Matter Effect

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Reflections on the New Jim Crow
James Forman, Jr. (Yale University Law School)
Elizabeth Hinton (Harvard University)
Vincent Warren (Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights)
Moderated by Eyal Press, The Nation



From MLK to BLM: A Genealogy of Civil Rights Protest
Jelani Cobb (University of Connecticut, New Yorker)
N.B.D. Connolly (New York University)
Thomas Sugrue (New York University)



Writing Black Lives: The Politics and Poetics of Black Memoir
Chris Jackson (editor, Spiegel & Grau)
Margo Jefferson (author, Negroland: A Memoir)
Clifford Thompson (author, Twin of Blackness: A Memoir)
Moderated by Lisa Lucas, executive director, National Book Foundation



The Choreography of Race: Dance, Identity, Inclusion
Ronald K. Brown (artistic director, Evidence)
Virginia Johnson (artistic director, Dance Theatre of Harlem)
Gia Kourlas (dance critic, New York Times)
Dean Moss (director, Gametophyte)
Moderated by Danielle Goldman, New School



A New Renaissance? Art, Music, and Culture in the Wake of Black Lives Matter
Susan Cahan (Yale University)
George Lewis (composer, Columbia University)
Rowan Ricardo Philips (poet and critic, Heaven)
Greg Tate (writer and musician)
Moderated by Adam Shatz, London Review of Books