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DATE: March 8, 2004

Lebanese writer, educator featured at March 16 Arab and Chaldean American Writers Series

DEARBORN--Lebanese scholar and writer Wafa Hajj will discuss her work and meet with members of the community on Tuesday, March 16 during the Arab and Chaldean American Writers Series presented by the University of Michigan-Dearborn Center for Arab American Studies. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Arab American poet Hasan Newash read from his work in February and Khaled Mattawa will be featured on Tuesday, April 13.

The sessions begin at 4 p.m. in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters 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 whole."

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/.

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