March 2017 01

  • Wednesday
    6:00 PM
    ‘The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria’
    ‘The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria’

    The Department of International Studies and the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) Grand Challenge Crossroads Initiative present a reading and discussion with Alia Malek, author of “The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria.”

    At the Arab spring’s hopeful start, Alia Malek returned to Damascus to reclaim her grandmother’s apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. Its loss was central to her parent’s decision to immigrate to the United States. In chronicling the people who lived in the Tahaan building, past and present, Alia portrays the Syrians – Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians, and Kurds – who worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters, mirroring the political shifts in their country. Restoring her family’s home as the country comes apart, she learns how to speak the coded language of oppression that exists in a dictatorship, while privately confronting her own fears about Syria’s future.

    Address: Slayter Hall, Auditorium, Denison University, 200 Ridge Road, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: International Studies Program
    Price/Tickets: FREE
    Event Contact: Isis Nusair, 740-587-8537
    Artist/Speaker Website: http://www.aliamalek.com/