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   Date: 2/22/12 Bookmark and Share

Lecture: Women's Prominent Role in Middle East Peace

Susan Abulhawa

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As part of the Arab lecture series “Perspectives on Peace: Through the Eyes of Palestinian Women,” Palestinian author Susan Abulhawa will visit Smith on Wednesday, Feb. 29, to speak on “Women and Culture in Resistance.”

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Seelye 106.

Abulhawa will examine the nature of a new wave of noteworthy achievements and creations originating in Palestine and the Palestinian diaspora. This explosion of literature, drama, art, design, music, hip-hop, dance, poetry, and film addresses issues of resistance and empowerment. At the forefront of this nonviolent creative movement are the faces of women—Palestinian women, Israeli women, American and European women; Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Atheists, and others.

Abulhawa’s first novel, Mornings in Jenin (published in 2010 by Bloomsbury) is an international bestseller that has been translated into 26 languages. She has contributed to several anthologies, and her essays have appeared in major print and online media worldwide.

Born to Palestinian refugees, Abulhawa grew up in Kuwait, Jordan, and Jerusalem before coming to the United States at age 13. A biologist by training, she is also the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, a nonprofit NGO dedicated to upholding the right to play for Palestinian children living in Palestine and in refugee camps elsewhere.

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