Concerning the Political in Art
Thursday, October 28, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History cordially invites You to The AAEF Nijad and Zeina Fares Annual Distinguished Lecture in Modern Arab Studies: “Concerning the Political in Art” presented by Rabih Alameddine, award-winning writer, novelist, and Kapnick Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Program. The event will be held on Thursday, October 28th, 2021, at the Conrad N. Hilton Ballroom at the Hilton University of Houston, with a reception at 6:00 pm followed by the lecture at 6:30 pm. Rabih Alameddine is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, most recently The Wrong End of the Telescope (Grove Atlantic, 2021), which Publisher’s Weekly called, “profound and wonderful,” The Angel of History (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016), An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press, 2014), The Hakawati (Knopf, 2008), I, The Divine (W.W. Norton, 2001), and Koolaids (Picador, 1998). He is also the author of a book of short stories, The Perv (Picador, 1999.) Rabih’s work has been awarded the Arab American Book Award in 2015 and 2017, the Lambda Literary Award in 2017, and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2014. Born in Amman, Jordan, Rabih grew up in Lebanon and Kuwait, lived in England, then moved to the United States. He earned a degree in engineering from UCLA and an MBA in San Francisco before becoming a painter and novelist. In 2002, Rabih received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Rabih is currently the Kapnick Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Program. This event is free and open to the public. Masks encouraged.