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EAST MEETS WEST Annual Benefit for AIC Boston
Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EST)
AIC Boston’s 4th Annual Benefit
Saturday, December 1
38 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Doors at 6 p.m., Program at 7 p.m.
Tickets $35 – Students & Seniors $10
Honoring Zeren Earls, First Night Boston Founding Member
Food | Live musical & comedy | Mediterranean vacation giveaway
Celebrate a year of groundbreaking Muslim cultural events at AIC’s Boston Center!
SPECIAL GUESTS AND HONOREES:
Zeren Earls, First Night Boston Founding Member
Turkish-born Zeren Earls helped create Boston’s acclaimed First Night celebration. In her stint as President and Artistic Director from 1980-1994, First Night became a nationally-recognized institution with over 1 million participants in Boston each New Year’s eve. Come salute Earls for her inspiring contribution to our community!
Edina Skaljic, Community Organizer
Edina spent several of her childhood years in refugee camps across Bosnia. After immigrating to Boston in 2000, she became an active voice for human rights causes on campus at the American International College and Simmons, organizing numerous events to raise awareness about genocide, landmines, and other issues. She serves as Secretary of England Friends of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an organization helping to rebuild her homeland and mobilize Boston’s Bosnian community, and is one of the driving forces behind bringng the "Bosnian Born" art exhibition to the AIC Center.
Mohamad Al Bardan, Syrian Student Activist
Today a student Northeastern, Mohamad recently fled to Boston from Damascus. Come learn about his remarkable covert campaign to provide moral support during the Syrian uprising by delivering inspiring text messages and uplifting voicemails to over one million people across Syria.
Dean Obeidallah, Premier Arab-American Comedian
You’ve seen him on SNL and Comedy Central. Now enjoy an intimate evening with one of America’s leading comedians. Obeidallah turns his wry wit on current events and ethnic stereotypes for hilarious and insightful comedy.
The Jussi Reijonen: Un Quintet
Acclaimed Finnish oudist Jussi Reijonen mastered his art in Lebanon and has now assembled some of Boston's best for a new quintet. Hear a unique jazz/folk/world fusion featuring Utar Artun, Tareq Rantisi and more.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
The AIC Center offers visitors a gateway to a scene of innovators and artists who explore the diversity of American Muslim identity. Overlooking the Back Bay, the center’s gleaming white interior hall includes a stage for artistic performances, business roundtables, human rights panels, and social events.
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