Place, Displacement, & The Politics of Housing

Cultural Criticism through Humor: Distinguished Faculty Lecture with Sayed Kashua

Portrait of Sayed Kashua
Thursday, March 10, 6:30pm8:30pm

Co-sponsored with NYU Gallatin

Novelist, columnist, and screenwriter Sayed Kashua is renowned for using his humorous, tongue-in-cheek style to address the issues faced by Arabs in Israel. With dry wit, precise metaphor, and seemingly innocent subjects, he sheds light on the complex, sometimes despairingly painful, reality of life in modern Israel.

Sayed Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs, Let It Be Morning, and Second Person Singular, which won the 2011 Bernstein Prize. In 2004, Kashua was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in Literature. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV shows Arab Labor and The Screenwriter. In the satirical weekly column for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Kashua writes in Hebrew and addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel who are caught between two worlds. In 2009, he was the subject of the documentary Sayed Kashua: Forever Scared.

The Gallatin Distinguished Lecture Series is a forum that honors the School’s commitment to interdisciplinary study and excellence in intellectual, civic, and aesthetic endeavors. The Gallatin DFL Series features speakers whose work or practice has made an outstanding contribution in one or more of these areas.