The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Palestine in Words and Music: Friday September 9th

WHAT: A conversation with Dr. Rev. Donald Wagner
WHEN: Friday, September 9th at 6:30 pm
WHERE: The Frances Crowe Community Room at Media Education Foundation 
60 Masonic Street (behind Woodstar Cafe), Northampton, MA
Free and open to the public

Join us on the special evening of September 9th to celebrate in-person the publication of Glory to God in the Lowest: Journeys to an Unholy Land by longtime Palestinian rights scholar and activist Donald Wagner, who has been warning us about the rise, reach, and dangers of Christian Zionism for over four decades. Don’s memoir includes a brilliant foreword by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Phyllis Bennis. In it he tells about his personal, political, and religious journey from Evangelical Christian faith and conservative politics to solidarity with the poor and advocacy for anti-war, anti-racism, and Palestinian rights. It is a rare and insightful look at the Palestinian struggle for freedom, equality, and an end to occupation and a forceful challenge to Christian Zionism and settler-colonialism.

The conversation will be interspersed with live Arabic music by Rachid Aboukasm (oud) and Michel Moushabeck (percussion). We will also be joined by award-winning folk singer/songwriter Tom Neilson, who provides a voice for those who believe in the power of folk music to effect change.

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