Carol Fadda-Conrey shares how Arab-American literature may share key characteristics with the work of Arab-American visual artists represented in Aftermath. She will also consider the ways the themes running throughout the exhibition reflect the unseen complexities of Arab-American identity.
Arab-American Literature and Criticism in Dialogue with Contemporary Art and Culture
Carol Fadda-Conrey, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English, Syracuse University
Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 PM
Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery
Carol Fadda-Conrey is an Assistant Professor of English at Syracuse University. She grew up in Beirut, Lebanon where she earned her B.A. and M.A. from the American University of Beirut. She graduated from Purdue University in August 2006 with a Ph.D. in contemporary American Literature. Her work on U.S. ethnic literatures focuses on Arab-American literary studies, delineating the complexity of Arab-American communal and individual identities, particularly in light of 9/11 and its aftermath. Her journal articles on gender, race, ethnicity, war, trauma, and transnational citizenship in Arab and Arab-American literary texts have appeared in Studies in the Humanities, MELUS, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature, Al- Raida, and College Literature. Her essays have also appeared in the edited collections Arabs in America: Interdisciplinary Essays on the Arab Diaspora (2006), Arab Women’s Lives Retold: Exploring Identity Through Writing (2007), Teaching World Literature (2009), and Arab Voices in Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Anglophone Arab Literature (2010). She is the author of Contemporary Arab-American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging (2014).
About the Series: Aftermath and Arab-American Art, Literature & Film
In conjunction with the Gund Gallery’s spring semester exhibition entitled, Aftermath: The Fallout of War, a series of co-sponsored events based around the theme “Aftermath and Arab America,” will feature visiting Arab-American artists, writers, performers, and critics from multiple disciplines whose work reflects the sociopolitical dynamics of Arab America. The artists and critic will offer their perspectives through open conversations about the unique role of the Arab-American artist, especially in the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11, the Iraq War, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, other regional and global conflicts and the new U.S. presidency.
Co-sponsored by: Kenyon Review, Graham Gund Gallery, Thomas Chair in Creative Writing, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Departments of English, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Programs in Comparative World Literatures, Asian Studies, Islamic Cultures and Film Studies.
Aftermath is organized by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Harn 25th Anniversary Fund, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Joanne L. and Edward R. Block Charitable Trust, with additional support from the Harn Curator of Photography Endowment.
Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.