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Beirut's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR)

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research will be sponsoring the below events during Fall semester 2017-18:

Title: How does it Feel to Still Be a Problem? Writing about Arab and Muslim Americans since 2001
Lecturer: Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi
Affiliation, Brooklyn College
Date: 5 October 2017
Place: College Hall, B1
Time: 5 pm
In 2008, Moustafa Bayoumi's book How Does It Feel To be a Problem? Being Young and Arab was published by The Penguin Press. As the ten-year mark of the book's publication approaches, the situation for both Arab and Muslim Americans is no better and in fact continues to deteriorate. In this lecture, Moustafa Bayoumi will investigate the changing state of affairs for Arab and Muslim Americans and will consider the multiple ways that Muslim Americans especially have become increasingly instrumentalized into American politics. Why has this been the case? Are there ways to resist such instrumentalizations? Who speaks for Muslim Americans? Have the representations of Muslims changed during the Obama and Trump years, or are they fundamentally the same? Will intersectionality play a role in our politics, particularly in the Trump era?  This lecture will address these questions and more.  

Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of the critically acclaimed How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin), which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. The book has also been translated into Arabic by Arab Scientific Publishers. His latest book, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (NYU Press), was chosen as a Best Book of 2015 by The Progressive magazine and was also awarded the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. An accomplished journalist, Bayoumi is also a columnist for The Guardian, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The National,, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Progressive, and other places. His essay ‚ÄúDisco Inferno" was included in the collection Best Music Writing of 2006 (Da Capo). Bayoumi is also the co-editor of The Edward Said Reader (Vintage) and editor of Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: the Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict (O/R Books & Haymarket Books). With Lizzy Ratner, he also co-edited a special issue of The Nation magazine on Islamophobia (July 2-9, 2012). He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Sun-Times, and on CNN, FOX News, Book TV, National Public Radio, and many other media outlets from around the world. Panel discussions on How Does It Feel To be Problem? have been convened at The Museum of the City of New York, PEN American Center, Drexel Law School, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the book has been chosen as the common reading for incoming freshmen at universities across the country. Bayoumi is Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. In 2015, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Southern Vermont College. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Title: "No Rights Which the White Man was Bound to Respect:" Racial Capitalism and Empire in the Age of Dred Scott
Lecturer: Dr. Walter Johnson
Affiliation, Harvard University
Date: 9 October 2017
Place: Bldg. 37 (Behind the Old Lee Observatory), Conf. A
Time: 5 pm

Abstract: The presentation will situate the Dred Scott decsion, one of the most notorious decisions in the history of the United States Supreme Court, in the history of slavery, empire, and white supremacy in the city of St. Louis -- the city from which the case emerged.

Walter Johnson is a historian who has been on the Harvard faculty since 2006. Previously, he was at New York University, after earning a Bachelor's degree from Amherst College (1988) and a Ph.D from Princeton University (1995). Johnson's books, Soul by Soul (1999) and River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (2013), are the recipients of numerous awards, including the Francis B. Simkins Award from the Southern Historical Association, the John Hope Franklin Prize from the American Studies Association, the SHEAR Book Prize from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, and the Frederick Jackson Turner and the Avery O. Craven Prizes from the Organization of American Historians. He is currently writing a book about the central role of St. Louis in the imperialist and racial capitalist history of the United States, from Lewis and Clark to Michael Brown. Professor Johnson is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the Radcliffe Institute, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; and a Mellon Fellowship in Cultural Studies at Wesleyan University.




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