PHONE: (313) 593-5644
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
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
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/.