Author Sayad Kashua to Speak at The College of Wooster as Part of “Challenging Borders” Series

Free lecture on Monday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilson Governance Room in the Scot Center

28 October, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

Author Sayed Kashua will deliver a public lecture on the topic: “Transgressing borders: Culture as a vehicle for socio-political change” in the Wilson Governance Room in the Scot Center at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016, at The College of Wooster. The event is sponsored by the Global and International Studies (GIS) program as part of its “Challenging Borders” series. Kashua’s visit is also supported by Political Science, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Kornfeld Fund, OISA and the Cultural Events Committee. 

Kashua has been praised by the New York Times as “a master of subtle nuance in dealing with both Arab and Jewish society.” He is an Arab-Israeli who moved to Jerusalem as a child and lived there until 2014. He devoted his life to telling Israelis the Palestinian story. He devoted his novels and his satirical weekly column published in Haaretz to telling the Arab story and exploring the contradictions of modern Israel, while also capturing the nuances of everyday family life in all its tenderness and chaos. In 2014, Kashua emigrated to the US with his family. He now teaches Hebrew at the University of Illinois but still writes his column for Haaretz.

Kashua has written five books, starting with his debut book, Dancing Arabs, where he explored the theme of dual identity. HIs novels are engaging and perceptive, expressing the complex position of Palestinians in Israel. In a humorous vein, Kashua’s television program, ‘Arab Labor,’ confronts issues of assimilation and discrimination that are familiar to many American Jews. The show navigates a narrow course between assuming one’s Israeli identity and retaining one’s ethnic distinctiveness.

Kashua is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s Freedom of Expression Award (2010), Germany’s Lessing Prize (2006) and the Prime Minister’s Israel Prize (2005).

“Challenging Borders” is GIS’s collaborative and interdisciplinary forum for the academic year 2016-17. “With this collaboration, we want to broaden the communities understanding of the movement of people, ideas, and objects as a dynamic cultural, political, and economic process with a long history. Migration exists within a dynamic social universe. The inspiration for this year’s collaboration came from last year's panel on the question of, “Refugee or Migrant?” when one of panelists Ibrahim Sirkeci suggested “the use of "mobility" and "mover" in place of "migration" and "migrant" as a starting point to universalize all people who move in one direction or another,” said Amyaz Moledina, Chair of the Global and International Studies program.

 For more information, contact Amyaz Moledina, Chair of Global and International Studies.