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Omar Offendum is a unique spoken word artist and musician, well known for his signature blend of hip-hop and Arabic poetry. Join us for a performance of Lost in Translation, followed by a discussion about unity and belonging in Los Angeles. Released in the midst of the 2020 pandemic, Lost in Translation is a musical/spoken word sonic saga, featuring Omar Offendum and Thanks Joey. Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper/spoken word artist living in Los Angeles. He’s been featured on prominent world news outlets, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, collaborated with major museums and cultural organizations and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups. Offendum was recently named a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, and is a member of both the Pillars Fund cohort for Muslim narrative change and the RaceForward Butterfly Lab cohort for immigrant narrative strategy.
Funds provided by the Arthur E. Guedel Memorial Lectureship Fund and the Sally & William A. Rutter Endowment for the Performing Arts.