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Laila Shereen Sakr's DANM thesis project, R-Shief, lauches official website

DANM Alumna Laila Shereen Sakr announced that ", we have officially launched the new R-Shief 1.0 site." Friends and colleagues are invited to help generate talk through any or all of the following means:

  • forward the press release on to any media contacts you might have, as well as email lists. (See below and attached).
  • like R-Shief's Facebook page, and encourage others as well
  • tweet about the site launch and post a link to to your Facebook accounts.
  • link to R-Shief from your own websites and blogs. (See lower right box on page).


New R-Shief Web Site Tracks Arab Public Opinion in Real Time
Los Angeles, CA, June 10, 2011 — The new site provides real-time analysis of opinion in the Arab world about late-breaking issues.

See the full press release

Laila Shereen Sakr, R-Shief project lead, is a media artist and critic known as VJ Um Amel. Recent reviews of her work have been published in The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, VirtualPolitik, and The Creators Project. Her data visualizations have been shown at the “interACTIVATE” exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The semantic Web analysis she built for R-Shief won the 2011 CRUNCH Design Challenge at USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, and her digital Gaza archive earned her the 2009 American-Arab Anti-Discrimination (ADC) Media Scholarship Award. As a poet, she is published as Laila Shereen. She has co-founded spoken word and hip-hop collectives in Washington, D.C.--Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency and Word of Mouth. Shereen Sakr holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and an M.F.A. in Digital Arts and New Media from University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2010, she was nominated as a Macarthur Foundation HASTAC scholar. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Practice at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, where she was awarded an Annenberg Fellowship.