Tonight! Thursday, April 10:
6 pm – 8 pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Ave, 6th Floor Moot Court, New Building
New York, New York 10019
Please register online before 5 pm – all non-John Jay students must register to be admitted! Registration is free. Please have your ID ready for security.
Tamim Al-Barghouti is Palestinian poet, columnist and political scientist. Al-Barghouti is probably the most acclaimed Arab Poet of his generation. He is known for the capacity of his poetry to draw the attention of hundreds of thousands of people. The reception of his poetry among a diverse audience from various backgrounds and age groups is a testimony to the vitality of the centuries-old tradition of classical Arabic poetry.
Al-Barghouti was born in 1977 to Palestinian poet Mourid Al-Barghouti and Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour. That year, the Egyptian government had embarked on a peace process with Israel and expelled most Palestinians of prominence, including Al-Barghouti’s father. Since childhood, Al-Barghouti has been immersed in the political realities of the Arab world, the way they affect the most personal aspects of an individual’s life, as well as in the literary means to express them. He published his first poem at 18. In 1999, at age 22, he was able to return to Palestine for the first time, where he wrote his first poetry collection, “Mijana,” in the Palestinian spoken dialect of Arabic and published it in Ramallah. His second collection, “Al-Manzar,” followed shortly thereafter, written in Cairo using the Egyptian spoken dialect.
Al-Barghouti studied politics at Cairo University, The American University in Cairo, and Boston University, where he received his Ph.D. in Political Science. He has written two volumes of history and political thought: Benign Nationalism: Nation State Building Under Occupation, the Case of Egypt, published in Arabic by the Egyptian National Library in 2008, and “the Umma and the Dawla: The Nation State and the Arab Middle East”, published in London the same year. Al-Barghouti was a visiting professor of politics at Georgetown University in Washington DC from 2008 till 20011, and is Currently a Consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Committee for West Asia.
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