SCOTT ORDWAY is a composer, conductor, and Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Rutgers University best known for his extended works that fuse vocal and instrumental music with original text, video, digital soundscape, and experimental theater. His music has been called “exquisite” by The New York Times, “a marvel” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, and “an American response to Sibelius” by The Boston Globe, and has been presented by leading American and international festivals and institutions with current projects in New York, Boston, Paris, Frankfurt, Tucson, and San Antonio.
MERYEM BELKAÏD is a Tunisian scholar, novelist, and journalist. She has written about the Arab Spring for Slate, The Huffington Post, and Mediapart, and taught at the University of Tunis, La Sorbonne, and Bowdoin College, where she is currently Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Literature. Her research and creative work focuses on the literature, cinema, and politics of the Maghreb.