Response to Obama War and Peace – Excellence not Dominance
CLICK HERE for a video by Jocelyn Ajami
a talk called “Excellence not Dominance” on youtube.com
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Jocelyn M. Ajami is a fee paid speaker with a unique global perspective. Topics may be designed for a client, around a particular topic or event. Ajami also does private, one to one coaching for clients seeking mastery of public speaking techniques.
PUBLIC SPEAKING: Building a credible stage presence:
authority and style
enunciation and regional accents
on camera skills
foreign word pronunciation
SELECTED LECTURE TOPICS (Click on topics for brief desciption)
- CONFLICT, PEACE AND JUST PEACE
- A CALL TO DISARM (from cluster bombs to genocide)
- FLAMENCO AND ROMANI CULTURE
- INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING FROM ZERO
- MODERNISM TO DIGITAL ART
CONFLICT, PEACE AND JUST PEACE
This talk is based on the methodology created by the SCHOOL FOR PEACE in NS/WAS (OASIS OF PEACE), in Israel, five times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. “ Peace does not exist in the absence of violence, but in the presence of justice”.
We examine the phenomena of conflict and issues such as:
Fighting without penalty
Shifting the balance of power
The fantasy of goodwill
Terms of coexistence
Getting to Justice
A CALL TO DISARM
As an activist in the effort to ban cluster bombs, in this lecture I ask some radical questions which challenge our evolutionary status as a species. Accompanied by a screening of Postcard from Lebanon, this lecture covers the legacy of cluster bombs and questions our definition of genocide, terrorism, resistance and humanity.
Can we call ourselves human if we are unwilling to disarm?
FLAMENCO AND ROMANI CULTURE
An overview of Romani history and values from the origins of the Roma in India through the 300 years of Spanish persecution, to the Holocaust (Porraimos) of the Roma during WWII. Finally an emphasis on the Calo (Gypsies of Spain ) brings us to a survey of Flamenco as one of the greatest manifestations of Romani culture and Gypsy survival. From the myth of the nails to the song of the blacksmith, Martinete, to the development of Flamenco as a contemporary art form,this topic also covers the relationship between art and leadership and the capacity for art to triumph over genocide.
INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING FROM ZERO
From pre-production through production and distribution , a survey of the various steps involved in following your vision:
How to proceed from idea to resolution and how to hang through to the bitter end. With selections from my own videos we can also examine the pitfalls of the process.
The idea: The dream the passion
Research and fundraising
Donations or investors? Fiscal sponsors.
The Grant or Business proposal,
Raising money, strategies.
What format to shoot in and why?
The camera and equipment
From A roll to B roll
Trust and the interview
Pre-interviews and interviews
Sound and light with no crew
Is a crew relevant?
Location scouting and B-roll gathering
Editing systems and steps, PC OR MAC
The transcript Edit/Offline Process: The most important script of all is here!
Revisions to the final Edit
Final Cut, trauma and compromise.
In the can, now what?
Distribution, from cable to the internet and beyond.
Film festivals and the lecture circuit. Events and parties to fund ongoing expenses.
MODERNISM TO DIGITAL ART
Kandinsky, the “father of abstract art” declared
In 1915 that he saw “no essential difference between an abstract line and a fish”.
Even though we are living in a “post-modern” digital era, we are still baffled by some of the Modernist movements which have changed the aesthetic of contemporary life. This is a survey of Modern Art, from Impressionism to Contemporary Art with an emphasis on the abstract image as a revolutionary element in modernist thought. We examine the roots of Modernism in the Italian Renaissance and their conclusion in contemporary art, particularly Conceptual art and Digital art, including web portals such as Second Life.
This talk examines how art is a “way of seeing”,
a way of “thinking about seeing”, as a challenge to the status quo. Today, through internet access, contemporary art is also a way of sharing and building community. Accompanied by an experimental video, THE TIGER AND THE CUBE.
For information contact: