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Laila Shereen Sakr (Film and Media Studies) will exhibit Capital Glitch: Arab Cyborg Turns to D.C., an interactive art installation, from November 5 through December 3 at the Gallery QI at UCSD. An exhibition in three-acts, Capital Glitch, reflects on the events leading up to and taking place during the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol through cultural analytics of social media. It consists of a 30-foot wall of interactive mosaics, glitch metal prints, and holograms in a mixed reality immersive experience. The exhibit will premiere in-person on 11/5 at 5 pm PST, featuring an artist presentation and panel discussion. A livestream will accompany the event. Find more information here.

Farshad Sonboldel joined UCSB in October 2021 as Middle East Studies Librarian and Area Studies Collection Strategist. He is a poet, literary critic and researcher in modern Persian literature. His books in Persian include two selections of his poems titled Metropolis and She’r-e Boland-e Sharayet, a research monograph, Gozaresh-e Nahib-e Jonbesh-e Adabi-e Shahin: Tondar Kia, and an edited volume on the current trends of the literary criticism in Persian literature titled Naqd-e Irad. His forthcoming book is The politics of poetic experimentation: reimaging the history of alternative poetic movements in Iran (1800-1960). He is the book review editor for MELA Notes.