PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: Jan. 21, 2004
Arab and Chaldean American writers featured in series at UM-Dearborn
DEARBORN--Arab and Chaldean American poets, essayists and journalists
will discuss their works and meet with members of the community during
a series of readings presented by the University of Michigan-Dearborn
Center for Arab American Studies
this semester. The presentations are free and open to the public.
The series features noted Michigan writers Hasan Newash and Dahlia Petrus
on Feb. 17; Khaled Mattawa on March 16; and Lebanese scholar and writer
Wafa Hajj on April 13. All three sessions begin at 4 p.m. in Room 1030,
CASL Building on the UM-Dearborn
campus, 4901 Evergreen Rd.
"Being able to bring both the published and non-published works
of Arab and Chaldean writers to the public opens up a new world of thought
and talent," according to Moulouk Berry, assistant professor of modern
and classical languages at UM-Dearborn, who organized the series. "Arab
and Chaldean Americans are prolific writers who express themselves with
passion, humor, pathos and intelligence and we're proud to be able to
introduce their work to our campus community and to the community as a
Born in Jerusalem, Newash is a long-time community activist in the Detroit
area, and has been involved in the Peace with Justice Network. He has
recited "mobilizing" poetry at many community gatherings, and
his poems have been published in several journals and anthologies. Petrus,
who was born in Baghdad of Chaldean ancestry, is the co-editor and creative
director of Cup of Waves, a literary and creative arts journal featuring
the works of young Arab-Americans, and her writings have appeared in other
journals and magazines.
Hajj, a professor of French at the Lebanese University in Beirut, has
written a number of scholarly publications, written and directed plays
in Lebanon, and published a number of essays and poems.
Mattawa, who was born in Libya, teaches creative writing at the U-M Ann
Arbor campus. He has published two books of his own poetry and translated
three volumes of poetry by other contemporary Arabic writers, and has
received several grants and fellowships to support creative work.
The series was made possible by a gift from Ned Fawaz, president of Energy
International of Dearborn, who is active in many community activities.
For more information, contact the UM-Dearborn Center for Arab American Studies at 313-583-6334, or at www.casl.umd.umich.edu/caas/.