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Diana Abu-Jaber: Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series

  • Dates: November 12, 2018
  • Location: John H. Mulroy Civic Center
  • Address: 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
  • Phone: (315) 435-1832
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: $30 - $35 for adults, $10 for students with valid ID
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  • Diana Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse to an American mother and a Jordanian father. When she was seven, her family moved to Jordan for two years, and she has lived between the US and Jordan ever since. Life was a constant juggling act, acting Arab at home but American in the street. The struggle to make sense of this sort of hybrid life, or “in-betweenness,” permeates Abu-Jaber’s fiction.

    Her first novel, Arabian Jazz—considered by many to be the first mainstream Arab-American novel—won the 1994 Oregon Book Award. Jean Grant of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs wrote, “Abu-Jaber’s novel will probably do more to convince readers to abandon what media analyst Jack Shaheen calls America’s ‘abhorrence of the Arab’ than any number of speeches or publicity gambits.”