May 17, 2022
The Toronto Society recently hosted an event on Nubian cultural heritage featuring Curator Dr. Rita Freed and in collaboration with the Sudanese Community Association of Ontario. Tia Sager of the Toronto Society shares more information with us below.
“After two years of virtual lectures, the Toronto Society was happy to host its first in-person lecture since the start of the pandemic on April 26, 2022 at the Faculty Club at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rita Freed from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston gave a lecture entitled “The Empires of Ancient Nubia,” in which she presented the incredibly rich cultural heritage and archaeology of ancient Nubia. The lecture was proudly organized in collaboration with the Sudanese Community Association of Ontario (SCAON), whose members attended the lecture and honoured the guests with a cultural performance prior to the lecture. Participants in the cultural performance included SCAON members: Seama Elkareem, Mona Ashiger, Syan Khalifa, Shadi Mahqoub, Mahir Ibrahim, and Yasir Mahagoub (pictured). We were also very fortunate to have Mr. Tarig Abusalih, Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan in Ottawa, with us in attendance. The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer period, and Dr. Freed made an important plea to raise awareness of Nubian cultural heritage preservation. We are very grateful to Dr. Rita Freed, Mr. Tarig Abusalih, and the Sudanese Community Association of Ontario for their collaboration on this memorable event!”
It sounds like the event was a tremendous success and surely worth the wait after two hard years!