“Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora” with Sharif S. Elmusa


being palestinian book cover


*A light lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Panel begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora, edited by Yasir Suleiman, contains over 100 contributions of prose and poetry by men and women spanning several generations, most of whom live in exile in the United States and the United Kingdom. Sharif S. Elmusa, one of the book’s contributors and an established author and poet in his own right, will provide an overview of the book and will read selected excerpts. He will situate the book in the context of a Palestinian literary genre, the “autobiographical reflection.” Elmusa will discuss the multiple ways in which being or becoming Palestinian is conceptualized and felt in the book’s reflections “from the heart,” and how such a state and process coexist with a second national identity, for the largely multicultural group of authors. He will also refer to how Palestine is lived in everyday existence, present in its absence, and in the lack of any political closure.

Sharif S. Elmusa is a poet, scholar, and writer. His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and in many print and online publications. He is the author of Flawed Landscape: Poems 1987-2008 (Interlink Publishing Group, 2008), and co-editor of the anthology, Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry (Interlink Publishing Group, 1999). His articles and essays have been published in major newspapers in Egypt and the U.S., as well as in several anthologies, including Seeking Palestine (Women Unlimited, 2013), and Gaza Unsilenced (Just World Books, 2014). Elmusa, who holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T, is Professor Emeritus at the American University in Cairo and has taught at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar, and at Yale University. He is the recipient of several grants including a 1993-1994 Fulbright in Jerusalem. Elmusa is Palestinian by birth, American by citizenship, and moves between the United States and the Arab world.


Copies of Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora will be sold at the event.




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