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Thomas Abowd

Lecturer
American Studies and Colonialism Studies
Faculty Fellow

Thomas Abowd

Thomas Abowd

Lecturer
American Studies and Colonialism Studies
Faculty Fellow

Biography: 

Abowd's project, “Designing and Building a Digital Media Archive with Arabic Hour,” is a civic engagement initiative that involves designing and building a digital media archive with community partner, Arabic Hour, a Boston-based, non-profit television program. From its inceptionin the early 1980s, Arabic Hour’s dedicated volunteer staff has produced about 1,300 one-hour, weekly television episodes. These programs range from interviews with world-renowned scholars, politicians, artists, and activists to Boston-area cultural and political events organized by Arab and Muslim  Americans. Interviews, events, and talks include segments with internationally known scholars and activists like Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Ella Shohat, Angela Davis, Ralph Nader, and others. However, though potentially an invaluable resource for researchers, students, and educators across the country, this treasure trove of historically and culturally rich materials have not, heretofore, been accessible to the general public, students, and scholars. Aboowd and six Tufts students involved in this archiving project have, over the last three years, begun to meaningfully advance one of  the very few civic engagement initiatives between Tufts and a Boston-based Arab and Muslim-American cultural organization.