Panel Discussion: River Stories with The Nile Project's Mina Girgis

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Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Mina Girgis, producer and CEO of The Nile Project, will use stories about the longest river in the world to engage panelist familiar with local watersheds in a conversation exploring the diverse ways our rivers create meaning across cultures.

Joining Girgis for the panel are faculty members Laura England, lecturer in Appalachian’s Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development; Thomas S. Hansell, assistant professor in Appalachian’s Center for Appalachian Studies; and Cody Miller, adjunct instructor in Appalachian’s Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development. Following the panel discussion, guests are invited to a reception in the Turchin Center’s Mayer Gallery, featuring music by Nile Project musicians and a viewing of the exhibition Collective Vigilance.

About Mina Girgis

An ethnomusicologist with background in hospitality experience design, Mina explores new ways to cultivate environments conducive to learning, making, and experiencing music. He specializes in curating and producing innovative musical collaborations across diverse styles. Mina earned his bachelor in Hospitality Administration from Florida State University and his masters in Ethnomusicology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Mina is a Synergos Pioneers of Egypt fellow, a Wired 2014 Innovation fellow, and a National Arts Strategies Creative Community fellow.

About The Nile Project

One of the tightest cross-cultural collaborations in musical history, the Nile Project brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries, representing over 450 million people, to compose new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on Earth. Kindred harps and resonant lyres from the river’s sources in East Africa and Ethiopia to its deltas in Sudan and Egypt have reunited to learn new musical modes while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in more than ten languages.

On the surface, the Nile Project blends traditional musical idioms into one seamless Nile sound. But look a little further and you’ll begin to see a 35-member musicians Collective modeling contemporary organizational concepts such as systems thinking, network theory, and participatory leadership. The Nile Project is pioneering a new approach to transform transboundary water conflicts by using music to ignite cross-cultural empathy and spark environmental curiosity. And its collaborative model offers a blueprint for new ways in which Nile citizens can organize themselves to strengthen the sustainability of their river. In an evolving series of interlocking programs that spring from the concert experience, the project works to inspire, educate and empower Nile citizens to collaborate on developing innovative solutions to the challenges at the root of their water conflict.

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The Nile Project to perform at Appalachian

The Nile Project

The Nile Project

April 4, 2017 / 7 p.m.
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

This unique collaboration brings together artists hailing from along the great river that connects 11 countries and over 400 million people, to make music reflecting cultural traditions of the oldest place on earth.

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