Monday, November 11, 2013

[225] Lecturer explores Arab-American life, U.S. foreign policy at MTSU Nov. 14

MURFREESBORO — MTSU will welcome a scholar’s perspective on United States foreign policy in the second of two “Muslim Journeys” lectures.

Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi will present “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Arab-American Life and U.S. Foreign Policy” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the State Farm Room of MTSU’s Business and Aerospace Building.

Bayoumi, a professor at Brooklyn College, is co-editor of “The Edward Said Reader” and author of “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America.”

This book, which won the American Book Award, chronicles the lives of seven young Arab-Americans living in Brooklyn in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America, and the heightened surveillance and prejudice they experienced.

Bayoumi’s address, which is free and open to the public, is the second of two “Muslim Journeys Bookshelf” events sponsored by the James E. Walker Library and MTSU’s Middle East Center this fall.

Both events are made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, as well as MTSU’s own Distinguished Lecture Fund.

The purpose of the grant is to make available resources representing diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kristen Keene at the Walker Library at 615-898-5376 or or the Middle East Center at 615-494-7906 or 615-494-8809.

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