Projects & Resources – New Levant Initiative

Projects & Resources

Partner Projects

NLI is proud to support many projects and institutions that bring about initiatives, tools, and experiences to further educate the public about Levantine arts, culture, and history.

  • In Partnership with Levant Carta

    NLI supports the Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University and their sustainable, multi-tiered, and data-driven Levant Carta initiative. The Levant Carta is dedicated to the production of a cartographic platform that will bring together scholarly networks and enable the production of temporally accurate and illustrated maps of Levantine cities. For this initiative, the HRC will interconnect a series of activities, meant to act as bridges across disciplines, schools, and universities both in the U.S. and abroad.

  • NLI has joined forces with the RAND Corporation to amplify the message of economic opportunity. By reviving the Levantine cultural and social networks that once existed, the New Levant Initiative aims to reawaken the Levantine identity.

Further Reading

The wide range of books by and about Levantines take readers from the ancient world to today. Below are some of our favorites that capture the history, architecture, archaeology, culture, art, music and more, all inspired by the Levant.

Background History

Levantine Authors

Modern Levant

Featured Articles

October 3, 2018 Mahmut Bozarslan / Al-Monitor

Diyarbakir book fair returns after 4-year hiatus

Diyarbakir book fair returns after 4-year hiatus

Over the weekend, Elazig Street, which leads to the Diyarbakir Fair and Congress Center, was filled with cars and pedestrians — possibly reminding an onlooker of the happier times for the region more than a decade ago, when large crowds gathered on this road to celebrate Nowruz, the Kurdish New Year. But, this time, the crowds — families, young […]

October 2, 2018 Mada Masr / Peter Holslin

Egyptian audiovisual collective reimagines live performance

Egyptian audiovisual collective reimagines live performance

For a long time, many thought of the worlds of music and visual art as discrete fields — seen as industries unto themselves with distinct histories, audiences and quirks. Gallery spaces stood in contrast to nightclubs, and the interests of art collectors were seen as worlds away from the everyday music fan. That is not […]

September 28, 2018 Dominic Lutyens / FT

Lebanese designers tap into local crafts

Lebanese designers tap into local crafts

Lebanon’s designers have long faced adversity. They receive no government funding, there have been few platforms to showcase contemporary design, and the Lebanese population has shown little interest in it. One resource for designers has been the country’s strong crafts tradition, particularly in Tripoli, where handcrafted copper is a speciality. These skills were once passed […]

September 5, 2018 Rupert Hawksley / National

Egypt is awarded Main Prize at London Design Biennale 2018

Egypt is awarded Main Prize at London Design Biennale 2018

The Egyptian installation, Modernist Indignation, was curated by Cairo-based architect Mohamed Elshahed and is described by the London Design Biennale as “an elegy for a rapidly disappearing culture, seen through the prism of the first Arabic design magazine”.

September 4, 2018 Joshua Levkowitz / Al-Monitor

Entrepreneur brings blueberries to Lebanon

Entrepreneur brings blueberries to Lebanon

Lebanon’s ecosystem is a regional anomaly. Unlike most of the Arab world, there is no desert, and cedar trees grow along dewy mountaintops. Talal Nassereddine, an agro-businessman who hails from the same fertile mountains as Lebanon’s famed cedars, has introduced another anomaly to the area: the North American highbush blueberry.

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