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Friday, October 12 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Erasing Syria: The Home That Was Our Country

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The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek, award-winning journalist and civil rights lawyer, is set in Syria’s capital city of Damascus, in one specific apartment building - the apartment building of Malek’s own family. Malek shares the many stories that passed each other in the hallway and how the fate of Malek’s neighbors mirrors the fate of the nation. This memoir is a blend of personal and researched narrative, highlighting Syrian history, politics, and society and “delivering an unforgettable portrait of the Syria that is being erased.” The New York Times Book Review says, "The Home That Was Our Country, is one of the finest examples of this new testimonial writing... Malek's memoir will remain essential reading in the emerging body of literary reportage from Syria in English... Such stories couldn't be more urgent." Sponsored by the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies. 

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Alia Malek

Alia Malek is a journalist and former civil rights lawyer. She is the author of The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria (Nation Books 2017)and  A Country Called Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives (Simon & Schuster 2009). She is the editor of Patriot... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm EDT
Research Hall, Room 163