• A reading of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry

    A reading of some of Mahmoud Darwish’s poems in Arabic and their English translations, followed by an open discussion.

    Axinn Center 109

    Closed to the Public
  • Arabic Department - Commencement 2022 Remarks and Awards

    Remarks and awards for seniors and their families in the Mahaney Arts Center (MAC) room 126, during the joint reception ongoing from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. in the lower lobby of the Mahaney Arts Center.

    Mahaney Arts Center 126

  • African-American Literature in Arabic

    Dr. Mona Kareem will discuss her translation of Octavia Butler’s masterpiece Kindred (1979) into Arabic.

    Co-sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies, Black Studies, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, English and American Literatures, and Literary Studies.

    Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room

    Open to the Public
  • Permission to Converse: Laws, Violence, and Roadblocks to Palestinian Political Expression

    Palestinians living on different sides of the Green Line make up approximately one-fifth of Israeli citizens and about four-fifths of the population of the West Bank. Activists in both groups assert that they share a single political struggle for national liberation. Yet, obstacles inhibit their ability to speak to each other and as a collective. Geopolitical boundaries fragment Palestinians into ever smaller groups.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age

    Discussing his recently published book, Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age (Princeton UP 2019), Tarek El-Ariss explores the way modes of confrontation, circulation, and writing shape contemporary knowledge production and critiques of power. Focusing on a new generation of activists and authors from the Arab world and beyond, El-Ariss connects Wikileaks to The Arabian Nights, Twitter to mystical revelation, cyberattacks to pre-Islamic tribal raids, and digital activism to the affective scene-making of Arab popular culture.

    Axinn Center 229

    Open to the Public
  • “Gender Politics in Mahjar Literature: Gibran, Naimy, and ‘Afifa Karam” – Elizabeth Saylor, Assistant Professor

    This lecture examines aspects of gender politics in Arabic mahjar (émigré) literature in select works of prose fiction by Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) and Mikha’il Naimy (1889-1988), alongside that of one of their lesser-known female contemporaries, ‘Afifa Karam (1883-1924), whose works offer a unique window into “al-nahda al-‘arabiyya fi Amrika,” or the Arab renaissance in America.


    Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room

    Open to the Public
  • CANCELLED! Gender Inclusivity in the Arabic Classroom


    Group discussion of these main guiding questions:
    What are gender-neutral pronouns in the Arabic language?
    What would students like to see happen in the Arabic classroom to ensure gender inclusivity?
    Ask any questions about gender in “Arab culture” / dismantling stereotypes without judgment.

    Axinn Center 109