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Edward Said to lecture at Dartmouth

Posted 05/12/98

Edward Said, a writer and world-renowned commentator on the culture and politics of Islam and the Arab world, will deliver a speech titled, "No Reconciliation Possible: Exile and Self-Invention," on Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. in 105 Dartmouth Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Said was born in Jerusalem, attended secondary school in Cairo and obtained his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and his doctorate degree from Harvard. He is a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1963.

He is the author of 16 books which have been translated into 26 languages, including Orientalism (1978), Culture and Imperialism (1993) and, most recently, Peace and Its Discontents: Essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process (1996) and Entre Guerre et Paix (1997). He writes a twice-monthly column for Al-Hayat and Al-Ahram, is music critic for The Nation, and contributes regularly to newspapers in Europe, the Arab world and Asia. He has just completed a film about Israel's first 50 years, which will run on the BBC at the end of May.

He has lectured at more than 150 universities throughout the world and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature and the PEN executive board. He is also vice president of the Modern Language Association of America and will assume its presidency in 1999.

Said's address is the annual James Hoffman Memorial Lecture in Comparative Literature. His visit is co-sponsored by the following departments and organizations: Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Asian Studies, the Dean of Faculty Office, East Wheelock Cluster, English, Film Studies, French and Italian, the Geisel Professorship in the Humanities, German Studies, Jewish Studies, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, the Parent's Chair, Spanish and Portuguese, the Women's Resource Center and the World Affairs Council.

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