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How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Why Arabs and Muslim Americans Are at the Heart of Today's Culture Wars
Lecture | February 10 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340 Stephens Hall
Professor Moustafa Bayoumi, Department of English, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Set in Brooklyn, New York, Moustafa Bayoumi's How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin) offers a look into the struggles seven twenty-something Arab Americans have facedfrom discrimination in schools and workplaces to the horror of being arrested and thrown in jail without having committed a crime. But more than a catalog of mistreatment and discrimination, the stories in this book are filled with hope, drive, and the pursuit of a better life. It is in the striving and perseverance of these young people that important lessons for the way forward can be found, turning us away from a present full of suspicion and mistrust and to a future of equality, respect, and understanding. Bayoumi will discuss his award-winning book and the controversy which recently erupted over its being assigned as a common reading at Brooklyn College.
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