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Lecture: “U.S. Policy towards Israel/Palestine and Fading Hopes for a Two-State Solution” with Prof. Stephen Zunes (University of San Francisco)
For nearly a quarter century, the United States has played the contradictory role of chief mediator in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the primary diplomatic, economic, and military supporters of the more powerful of the two parties. During this period, the United States has opposed substantive involvement by the United Nations, insisting that whether and to what extent the occupation should end could come only through the voluntary assent of the occupying power. Now, with the failure of the Trump administration…Find out more »
This talk analyzes a trend in twenty-first century Algerian literature wherein authors rewrite canonical European works and situate them in Algeria. I focus on two examples by two controversial figures: Kamel Daoud and Boualem Sansal. Daoud's Meursault, contre-enquête (2013), a retelling of Camus's L'étranger from the point of view of the murdered Arab's brother, was met with global critical acclaim and turned Daoud into something of a global literary celebrity. Sansal's recently published 2084: La fin du monde (2015) uses…Find out more »
Public Lecture: “Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution” with Behrooz Ghamari (University of Illinois)
Behrooz Ghamari (University of Illinois) introduces his book Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution (Or Books, 2016). Set in the tumultuous aftermath of the Iranian revolution in 1979, Remembering Akbar weaves together the stories of a group of characters who share a crowded death row cell in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. A teeming world is evoked vividly through the relationships, memories, and inner lives of these political prisoners, many of whom were eventually executed. Told through a series of linked memories…Find out more »