Acclaimed Israeli Palestinian Author, Creator of “Arab Labor,” to Speak on Campus March 9

Talk by Sayed Kashua Sponsored by Jewish Studies Department
What:
Trinity College will host Sayed Kashua, acclaimed Israeli Palestinian author of three best-selling Hebrew novels and creator of the hit Israeli television series “Arab Labor.”  The title of his talk is “The Arabs in Israel: The Inaudible Cry for Citizenship.” Kashua’s appearance, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Trinity’s Jewish Studies Program.

When:
Monday, March 9, 2015 – 4:30 p.m.
 
Where:
McCook Auditorium on the Trinity College campus.

Background:
Sayed Kashua was born in Tira, Israel, and is internationally known for his books and humorous weekly columns in Hebrew for the Israeli daily, Haaretz. He is the author of three Hebrew novels, which have all been translated into English: Dancing Arabs, Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular. He has been the focus of the documentary, Forever Scared. His novel Dancing Arabs has been made into a feature film, and premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival. Kashua is the winner of many awards, including the prestigious Bernstein Prize. 

Kashua is best known in Israel for the award-winning sitcom “Arab Labor” (Avoda Aravit), which follows the ups and downs of a hapless Israeli-Arab journalist attempting to adjust to life in Jewish West Jerusalem. Critics have compared the show to Curb Your Enthusiasm. The Los Angeles Times described “Arab Labor” as “a valiant, consistently hilarious attempt to explore the tensions and contradictions of everyday life among the Israeli minority.” Episodes of “Arab Labor” can be viewed (with subtitles) here

Copies of Kashua’s novels will be available for purchase and the author will sign copies.

For further information, contact Professor Ron Kiener at ronald.kiener@trincoll.edu.