Habiba Boumlik
Founder and curator

Dr.Habiba Boumlik is an Associate Professor at LaGuardia Community College. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology and M.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies.She teaches Arabic and French language and literature, and linguistics. Her academic background and teaching experience include Arabic, French language and francophone cultures and literatures, Cultural Anthropology, Women Cross-Culturally, Middle Eastern History, and Arab Cinema. Her last publications include “Conscientization and Third Space: A Case Study of Tunisian Activism.” Adult Education Quarterly, vol. 66.  Spring 2016. “Women in STEM: A Civic Issue with an Interdisciplinary Approach.”Science Education and Civic Engagement, vol. 8:1, Winter 2016.
Tel: 646-644-3522
Lucy McNair
Curator and co-chair of the committee

is an Assistant Professor at LaGuardia Community College. She teaches writing and literature in English. Her scholarly focus is francophone North African literature and film. For many years she has translated, from French to English, scholarly work on contemporary art, film, photography and architecture/urbanism, and literary works of fiction, poetry and memoir. Her translations include The Poor Man’s Son by Algerian-Kabyle writer Mouloud Feraoun (University of Virginia Press), “Taksiat,”  a short story by Edmond Amran El Maleh in Poems for the Millenium, Vol 4: The University of California Book of North African Literature, and poems and texts by Khatibi, Laaba and Jacobiak in Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology (Stanford University Press).

Wafa Bahri
Programming coordinator and  social media advertiser
Wafa Bahri is a PhD candidate in linguistics at the Graduate Center -CUNY. She earned an MA in Applied Linguistics from the Old Dominion University,Norfolk, Virginia and BA in English from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tunis, Tunis University. Her linguistic research has focused on the documentation and description of Tunisian Tamazight. She is also conducting a study on the linguistic and cultural erasure of Tunisian Tamazight, its phonological properties and variations, and on language and identity. Her primary teaching has been on teaching Arabic language and literature,French, and sociolinguistics courses.

Mustapha Akhoullou
Cultural  and political institutions coordinator
Mustapha Akhoullou holds an M.A holder in Cross-cultural and Literary Studies
at the Faculty of Arts Sais, Fes City Morocco. He taught World Religions and Mythology as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Arts Ibn Zohr Agadir City Morocco. He is also a translator (freelance) and a Poet. He is currently an adjunct professor (ESL department)
at Hudson County Community College Jersey City NJ.