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The New Mediterranean Symposium - The Pilgrimage of the Voic

Speaker: Tahar Lamri, author and artist Location: Dickinson College, Clarke Forum on Contemporary Issues Date: Apr 3, 2008 Award winning author and noted artist Tahar Lamri presented within the second part of the symposium the short story titled "The Pilgrimage of the Voice" which was interpreted in four different languages: standard Italian, as well as Mantovano, Romagnolo, and Venetian dialects. Sitting on the floor, surrounded by students and professors, Tahar Lamri read his story while accompanied by Cafe Mira lead singer, Reda Zine who played the gnawa, a Moroccan musical instrument resembling a lute. Trying to recreate the atmosphere of storytelling around a camp fire, Tahar Lamri and Reda's spiritual music complemented and emphasized the story of the "The Pilgrimage of the Voice" which delves into the topic of languages and cultures blending and influencing one another across borders. The diverse musical and linguistic experience was meant to underscore the message that communication through storytelling, as the basis of many cultures, is the means to attaining tolerance and understanding among people across the world. As the story of Scheherazade and the "One Thousand and One Nights", storytelling preserves life, forges bonds among people, ensures cultural progress, and, most importantly, fosters communication. The new Mediterranean, as encapsulated by Tahar Lamri and the band Cafe Mira, is a place of extraordinary exuberance and diversity of cultures where borders are permeable and people engage in a constant dialogue through literature and music.
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