Prominent Palestinian journalist speaks at UWinnipeg

Sayed Kashua, photo courtesy of PERE TORDERA

Sayed Kashua, photo courtesy of PERE TORDERA

WINNIPEG, MB – Described as an original, Sayed Kashua is a prominent author and journalist and is UWinnipeg’s 2016 El Tassi Lecturer. He will be speaking on The Arabs in Israel: The Inaudible Cry for Full Citizenship on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 pm in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.

“Kashua’s blend of insight and humour engages people across a wide political spectrum,” notes Dean Peachey, executive director of the UWinnipeg Global College. “We are thrilled to have him present this year’s El Tassi Lecture.

Kashua was born in Tira, Israel. Writing in Hebrew, and identifying as Palestinian citizen of Israel, Kashua is known for his books and humorous columns in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. He is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs, Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular (all published in English by Grove Atlantic). Kashua is winner of the prestigious Berstein Prize.

In a humorous, tongue-in-cheek style, Kashua addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show Arab Labor. In 2004 Kashua was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in Literature. His novel Dancing Arabs has been made into a feature film, and premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival.

This lecture is part of UWinnipeg’s annual exploration of the Middle East, taking place from February 22 – 26, 2016* that includes lectures and culture to promote dialogue and understanding of this region in flux. For a full schedule of the week’s events please visit Middle East Week 2016.

The El Tassi Lecture recognizes the contributions of Winnipeg entrepreneur Albert El Tassi to education and intergroup relations in Manitoba. It is presented by Global College.

MEDIA CONTACT
Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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