Lecturer explores Arab-American life, U.S. foreign...

Lecturer explores Arab-American life, U.S. foreign policy Nov. 14

MTSU will welcome a scholar’s perspective on U.S. foreign policy in the second of two “Muslim Journeys” lectures set for Thursday, Nov. 14, in the State Farm Room of the Business and Aerospace Building.

Moustafa Bayoumi

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. Nov. 14. His address is free and open to the public.

A professor at Brooklyn College, Bayoumi 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.”

Muslim Journeys graphic web“How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?” — 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 resulting heightened surveillance and prejudice they experienced.

Bayoumi’s address 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 have been 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 grant provides resources representing diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

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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