Sa’ed Atshan & Moriel Rothman-Zecher
Community Conversation on Palestine/Israel
Thursday, January 25, 4:30-6 pm
Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall
Sa’ed Atshan ’06 is the author of Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique and coauthor, with Katharina Galor, of The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians, and coeditor (with Galor) of Reel Gender: Palestinian and Israeli Cinema. He is currently President of the Association of Middle East Anthropology (AMEA) of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and does community-based volunteer work with Quaker civil society organizations including the Ramallah Friends School. He is currently a board member for the American Friends Service Committee and Clerk of AFSC’s Community, Equity, and Justice Board Committee. Atshan is Associate Professor and Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore.
Moriel Rothman-Zecher is a Jerusalem-born novelist and poet. His first novel, Sadness Is a White Bird, received numerous awards, including the National Book Foundation’s ‘5 Under 35’ honor, and is, among other things, a conversation with Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry, a counterfactual reimagination of Moriel’s own experiences protesting the Israeli occupation and refusing to serve in the Israeli military, and an exploration of circumstances in which deep love is confronted with the forces of history and politics. His second novel, Before All the World, continues explorations of related themes, this time in the settings of a small Yiddish-speaking village in Ukraine and within the communist party of 1930s Philadelphia. Moriel is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing here at Swarthmore.