Houston celebrates Arab Heritage Month (April) with book event
In celebration of April as The National Arab American Heritage Month, The Arab American Cultural and Community Center of Houston (ACC), cordially invites you to a special event in its month-long festivities:
BOOK SIGNING, April 8th, 2014 at 7:30 PM at the BeHuman Gallery, 12848 Queensbury Ln. Suite 204, Houston, Texas 77024
Opening Remarks and Introduction
Dr. Fady Joudah
Fady Joudah is a Palestinian American physician of internal medicine, the author of three poetry collections and three volumes of poetry-in-translation. His first book of poetry, The Earth in the Attic, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize in 2007. Alight, from Copper Canyon Press, is his second poetry collection in 2013. Textu is a book-long sequence composed on cell phone wherein each poem or stanza is exactly 160 characters long, using character count as poetic meter.
Joudahs translations of Arabic poetry, particularly those of Palestinian poets Mahmoud Darwish and Ghassan Zaqtan, have earned him a Banipal prize from the UK in 2008 for The Butterflys Burden, a PEN USA award in 2010 for If I Were Another, and the Griffin International Poetry prize in 2013 for Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me.
Professor Ussama Makdisi
Professor of History and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies
Ussama Makdisi is Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. In 2012-2013, Makdisi was an invited Resident Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin). In April 2009, the Carnegie Corporation named Makdisi a 2009 Carnegie Scholar as part of its effort to promote original scholarship regarding Muslim societies and communities, both in the United States and abroad.
Professor Makdisi is the author of Faith Misplaced: the Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001 (Public Affairs, 2010). His previous books include Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East (Cornell University Press, 2008), which was the winner of the 2008 Albert Hourani Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association, the 2009 John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association, and a co-winner of the 2009 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize given by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. Makdisi is also the author of The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon (University of California Press, 2000) and co-editor of Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa (Indiana University Press, 2006). He has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East. Among his major articles are Anti-Americanism in the Arab World: An Interpretation of Brief History which appeared in the Journal of American History and Ottoman Orientalism and Reclaiming the Land of the Bible: Missionaries, Secularism, and Evangelical Modernity both of which appeared in the American Historical Review. Professor Makdisi has also published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and in the Middle East Report.
Professor Makdisi is now working on a manuscript on the origins of sectarianism in the modern Middle East to be published by the University of California Press.
For more information, please call the ACC office at: (832) 351-3366 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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