Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Celebrate the publication of Muqtatafat, the first anthology of independent comics from the Arab world published in the U.S.
Edited by Boston and Cambridge-based team Anna Mudd, A. David Lewis, and Paul Beran, and published by local Ninth Art Press,Muqtatafat presents to North American readers a glimpse of the vibrant and diverse world of Arab comics, featuring 15 artists from Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and elsewhere. Political, personal, satirical and whimsical, these comics present unusual insights into the creativity and culture of the Middle East.
At this event, the editors and publisher will discuss and display the contents of the book, describe the process of its formation, and give an introduction to the world of Arab comics in general, with special attention to the legal and censorship problems facing Samandal, the groundbreaking Lebanese comics journal, which all sales of Muqtatafat benefit.
For more on Muqtatafat, including details on the publication, sample pages, and online purchasing information, click here to see the book on Ninth Art Press' website.