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  1. Virtual Book Discussion with Librarians and Archivists with Palestine

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    Thursday, June 25th at 7pm

    Register for the event here.

    Each year, Librarians and Archivists with Palestine hosts “One Book, Many Communities,” an international campaign which invites communities to come together to read and discuss a common book. The 2020 “One Book, Many Communities” title is The Book of Disappearance by Ibtisam Azem, translated from the original Arabic by Sinan Antoon. The Book of Disappearance imagines what would happen if Palestinians in the State of Israel suddenly disappeared without a trace.

    Cover of The Book of Disappearance. Title appears over a wet sidewalk after ran and the shadow of a person walking is visiible.

    The Interference Archive community will come together for a facilitated discussion of the book with IA volunteer and LAP steering committee member Maggie Schreiner.

    Set in modern-day Jaffa and the greater Tel Aviv area, The Book of Disappearance follows Alaa, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, and his friend Ariel, a Jewish Israeli. After Alaa disappears, Ariel finds Alaa’s journals. Alaa’s memory of his late grandmother, a survivor of the Nakba, confronts Ariel’s liberal Zionist convictions. Even in his absence, Alaa’s family memories create a dialogue with Ariel as the crisis of the mass disappearance unfolds.

    The One Book, Many Communities project draws inspiration from the “one book, one town” idea, wherein people in local communities come together to read and discuss a common book. Librarians and Archivists with Palestine invites readers, librarians, and others to organize gatherings to discuss The Book of Disappearance by Ibtisam Azem. This campaign is designed to introduce readers to the richness of Palestinian literature, and create a broader awareness and understanding of Palestinian history and the struggle for self-determination.

    Reading The Book of Disappearance: unfortunately, The Book of Disappearance is not available as an e-book from any of the three NYC public libraries. If you have access to another library, please check their e-book holdings. You can purchase the book from Community Bookstore, and other local booksellers.

  2. Building Solidarity: Supporting Community Organizations through Archival Practice

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    Part 1: Tues, July 16, 6-8:30 PM
    at Interference Archive
    314 7th Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Part 2: Thurs, July 18, 6-8:30 PM
    at Asian American Arts Alliance
    20 Jay Street #740
    Brooklyn, NY 11201

    For the past several decades, community archives–such as Interference Archive, the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and many others–have been important sites of self-determination, memory, and inspiration for historically disenfranchised communities. The unique skills and perspectives of community archivists can also be valuable contributions to community-based organizations. This two-part workshop will explore the work of community archivists.

    During the first evening, we will review key scholars, discuss ethical considerations, and explore the effects of privilege in this work. Key tools and techniques, such as records management, DIY digitization stations, and non-hierarchical practice will be examined. For the second evening, we will partner with local organization Asian American Arts Alliance to create a thoughtful plan for the long-term stewardship of their records. Participants will leave the workshop with a theoretical grounding in the current activist and professional conversations around community archives, knowledge about how archival skills can support the work of community organizations, suggestions for practical tools, and experience putting these tools into practice.

    This workshop is open to everyone, and will be grounded in library and archives theory.

    We ask that participants commit to attending both evenings. Please note the different locations for each evening.

    Please RSVP on Eventbrite (encouraged, but not required).

    Facilitator bios:

    Marie Lascu is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. She has been a member of the XFR Collective since 2015, and works as the audiovisual archivist for Crowing Rooster Arts, a media nonprofit that has spent more than 20 years documenting the arts and political struggles of Haiti.

    Maggie Schreiner is an archivist at the Brooklyn Historical Society, and has been a volunteer with Interference Archive and Librarians and Archivists with Palestine since 2013. She is a graduate of NYU’s Archives and Public History program.

    Anjali Goyal is an arts administrator and has worked with various community-based arts nonprofits over the past 15+ years. She is currently the Development Manager at the Asian American Arts Alliance, a nonprofit arts services organization that has served NYC’s Asian American arts community for 36 years.

  3. New Volunteer Orientation

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    Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
    7-8pm

    Interested in getting involved at Interference Archive? Please join us for a volunteer orientation! We will tour the space, give an overview of current projects, and will discuss ways new volunteers can get involved. We will also take some time to check out our new exhibition, no. NOT EVER.

    As an all volunteer-run project, IA volunteers: staff the space, organize materials, curate exhibitions, work on research projects, take out the trash, host classes, run events, sweep the floors, answer emails, update the website, empty the dehumidifier, talk politics, return bottles, catalog, tell jokes, and much more!

    JOIN US!

  4. Que(e)ry Fundraiser for Interference Archive

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    Sunday, December 3rd, 8pm-1am

    OFFSITE: The Rosemont, 63 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11206

    Our friends at Que(e)ry and Libraries Resist are throwing us a fundraiser dance party on Sunday December 3rd. Come out and dance to DJ Accident Report  and DJ Crush. There will also be a raffle!

    Accessibility info: there is one step up at the entrance. The restrooms are gender neutral.

  5. New Volunteer Orientation

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    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    7pm

    Interested in getting involved at Interference Archive? Please join us for a volunteer orientation! We will tour the space, give an overview of current projects, and will discuss ways new volunteers can get involved. We will also take some time to check out our new exhibition, Take Back the Fight: Resisting Sexual Violence from the Ground Up.

    As an all volunteer-run project, IA volunteers: staff the space, organize materials, curate exhibitions, work on research projects, take out the trash, host classes, run events, sweep the floors, answer emails, update the website, empty the dehumidifier, talk politics, return bottles, catalog, tell jokes, and much more!

    JOIN US!

  6. Book Talk with Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh

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    Friday, April 28th, 7pm

    Sabaaneh shares his life as an artist and cartoonist in Palestine and his time in an Israeli prison as a political prisoner and how it has influenced his art. He will discuss the ways that Israeli rule stifles so many normal hopes, aspirations, and activities for Palestinians. Mohammad will explore his work, his artistic influences and how he navigates the challenges of editorial cartooning in Palestine. He will discuss, accompanied by slides of his work, his own development as an artist.

    Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian graphic artist based in Ramallah in the West Bank. He is the principal political cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the Palestinian Authority’s daily newspaper, and has published his work in many other newspapers around the Arab World. He is a member of the International Cartoon Movement, as well as the VJ Movement connecting visual journalists across the globe. Sabaaneh’s work has been displayed in numerous collections and fairs in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. He won third place in the Arab Caricature Contest in 2013.

  7. New Volunteer Orientation

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    Sunday, February 12, 2017
    2pm

    Interested in getting involved at Interference Archive? Please join us for a volunteer orientation! We will tour the space, give an overview of current projects, and will discuss ways new volunteers can get involved. We will also take some time to check out our new exhibition, Finally Got The News: The Printed Legacy of the U.S. Radical Left, 1970-1979.

    As an all volunteer-run project, IA volunteers: staff the space, organize materials, curate exhibitions, work on research projects, take out the trash, host classes, run events, sweep the floors, answer emails, update the website, empty the dehumidifier, talk politics, return bottles, catalog, tell jokes, and much more!

    JOIN US!

  8. NYC Info Worker Post-Election Strategy Session

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    Friday, December 2nd, 7pm

    Join us for an informal gathering of NYC area librarians, archivists and information workers interested in organizing against the coming Trump era. This will be an initial meeting to discuss potential impacts, identify skills and organizing strategies and start brainstorming next steps.

    Questions? send an email to info[at]interferencearchive[dot]org and we’ll try to get back to you.

  9. Fall Volunteer Orientation

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    Saturday, October 1, 2016
    2pm

    Please join us for a volunteer orientation! We will tour the space, give an overview of current projects, and will discuss ways new volunteers can get involved. We will also take some time to check out our new exhibition, We Are What We Archive.

    As an all volunteer-run project, IA volunteers… staff the space, organize materials, curate exhibitions, work on research projects, take out the trash, host classes, run events, sweep the floors, answer emails, update the website, empty the dehumidifier, talk politics, return bottles, catalog, tell jokes, and much more!

    JOIN US!

  10. *ACTIVE ARCHIVE Volume #1: Afro-Asian Solidarity & Kinship

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    Sunday April 3rd, 1pm

    Join socially-engaged theatre artists Claro de los Reyes and Shamila McBean in this creative dialogue around the living legacy of Afro-Asian Solidarity & Kinship. This event invites the broader NYC community into arts-based conversations around historic events and present day solidarity between communities of the Asian Diaspora and African Diaspora. *ACTIVE ARCHIVE is a series of intimate creative dialogues that uses visual arts, performance, and facilitated dialogue intended to celebrate, share, and investigate the largely overlooked legacies in social justice history.

    More about the Artist/Facilitators:

    www.claro-que-si.com

    www.shamilia.com

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