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DATE: Oct. 25, 2004

Egyptian writer will speak in Arab writers series on Nov. 3

DEARBORN---Mona Ali, associate professor at both Cairo University and the American University in Cairo, will present a lecture from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3 in Room 1030 of the University of Michigan-Dearborn's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building as part of the Arab and Arab American Writers' Series.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Ali received her master's and doctoral degrees in American literature, but her work includes papers on translation: theory and practice, travel literature, women writing and post-colonial literature.

Ali is a member of two of the most active non-governmental organizations in Egypt, namely the Women and Memory Forum and New Women Research Center. She has participated in many story-telling evenings within the framework of the Women and Memory Forum's project of rewriting folk stories and stories from A Thousand and One Nights from a gender-sensitive perspective.

She is editor-in-chief of Tiba, the theoretical magazine of the New Woman Research Center. Her awards include two Fulbright grants and a U.S. Information Service International Visitor Program grant.

Her publications include "Mapping the Self on the Lands of the Other: A Reading of Soueif's In the Eye of the Sun and Serageldin's The Cairo House," "The Dilectics of Resistance and Empowerment in the Woman and Memory Forum's Project of 'Said the Female Story-Teller'," published in Tiba in January 2003 and a translation into Arabic of Leila Ahmad's Women and Gender in Islam, with Hala Kamal.

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