Visiting MTSU lecturer will focus on Arab-Israeli ...

Visiting MTSU lecturer will focus on Arab-Israeli relations March 22

A Palestinian citizen of Israel who writes in Hebrew and recently migrated to the United States will share his unique perspective on Arab-Israeli relations with an audience at MTSU.

Sayed Kashua

Sayed Kashua

Kashua cover web“An Evening with Sayed Kashua” is slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the State Farm Lecture Hall of the Business and Aerospace Building. A printable campus parking map is available at

Kashua is best known for his humorous columns in the Israeli newspaper “Ha’aretz” and as the writer and creator of the hit television programs “Arab Labor” and “The Writer” in Israel.

A native of Tifa, Israel, Kashua is the recipient of the 2004 Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize in Literature. In 2011, he received the Berstein Award for best original Hebrew novel for his book “Second Person Singular.”

He is currently a clinical professor in the Israel Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

The feature film “A Borrowed Identity,” which premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival, is based on Kashua’s novel “Dancing Arabs.”

Kashua’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is made possible by the MTSU Middle East Center and the Distinguished Lecture Fund.

Middle East Center logo webThe author will autograph copies of his books following the lecture.

For more information, contact Dr. Allen Hibbard, director of MTSU’s Middle East Center director and a professor of English at the university, at 615-494-8809 or

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