We are the Future: Art, Media, & Representation


Details: Join multi-media artist, professor and Arab Hip Hop movement pioneer Yassin Alsalman “Narcy” in conversation with journalist and radio producer at CBC’s The Current Pacinthe Mattar as they discuss the significance of art, media and representation for humanizing peoples who are not widely perceived and represented as fully human.

This event is presented by the Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice, First Nations House, Hart House, Muslim Students’ Association, Centre for Culture & Media in Education (OISE), and Department of Social Justice Education (OISE).

When: Tues., Jan. 24, 2017, 7 pm
Where: Music Room, Hart House
Cost: Free

Participant Bios

Yassin Alsalman “Narcy” (formerly known as “the Narcicyst”) is a musician, actor, professor, and multi-media artist based out of Montreal, Canada. Yassin pioneered the Arab Hip Hop movement with his Iraqi trio Euphrates in the early 2000s. Currently teaching one of Canada’s only Hip Hop courses at Concordia University in Montreal, he blends performance with education, media with literacy, and creativity with cultural heritage. Yassin is a founding member of WeAreTheMedium, an international family of independent creatives. He is an actor, doing voice overs for video games, including Civilization 5 and The Secret World, principal actor in feature film titled, City of Life, and many shorts. Recently, Yassin co-starred and directed a short film for Indigenous Super Group A Tribe Called Red, sharing the screen with legendary emcee Yasiin Bey (formerly known as “Mos Def”).

Pacinthe Mattar is a radio producer at CBC’s The Current. Her work has taken her from floods in Calgary to protests in Baltimore. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt and has since called Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Toronto home. Pacinthe was the University of Toronto at Mississauga’s valedictorian in 2008, and went on to complete a master’s degree in journalism at Ryerson University, where she wrote, produced and directed a film on the niqab’s place in Canada titled, “Tempest in a Facecloth.”

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Hart House, First Nations House, Multi Faith Centre, Centre for Media & Culture in Education (OISE) and Department of Social Justice Education (OISE).

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