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Le Moyne College Hosts Talk on Representing Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. Post-9/11

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Carol Fadda-Conrey will speak on “Representing Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. after 9/11: Gender, Religion and Citizenship” on Wed., Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Curtin Special Events Room in the Campus Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

The events of 9/11 are perceived as having forever changed the face of not only the U.S., but of the whole world. Such a widespread belief raises the following questions: Did 9/11 have uniform U.S. national and collective repercussions? Have the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq changed our perception and understanding of the September 11 attacks? How do the experiences of minority groups such as Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans change the master narrative of fear, patriotism, homeland security and war on terror that quickly developed after 9/11?

To address these questions, Carol Fadda-Conrey, assistant professor of English at Syracuse University, will discuss a variety of Arab-American literary and cultural texts.

Fadda-Conrey grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the American University of Beirut. She graduated from Purdue University in August 2006 with a doctorate in contemporary American literature. Her work on U.S. ethnic literatures focuses on Arab-American literary studies, delineating the complexity of Arab-American communal and individual identities, particularly in light of 9/11 and its aftermath. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Arab-American cultures and literatures, U.S. ethnic literary texts, war narratives from the Middle East and its diaspora, Arab-Americans before and after 9/11 and gender and sexuality in the Arab world. Fadda-Conrey has taught at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Purdue University in Indiana and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Her journal articles on gender, race, ethnicity, war, trauma and transnational citizenship in Arab and Arab-American literary texts have appeared in Studies in the Humanities, MELUS, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature, Al-Raida, and College Literature (forthcoming). Her essays have also appeared in the edited collections “Arabs in America: Interdisciplinary Essays on the Arab Diaspora” (2006), “Arab Women’s Lives Retold: Exploring Identity through Writing” (2007), “Teaching World Literature” (2009), and “Arab Voices in Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Anglophone Arab Literature” (2009).

Her talk is presented by the Center for Peace and Global Studies at Le Moyne and is co-sponsored by the English department.

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posted on: 2/9/2010