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Renowned journalist discusses aesthetic viewpoint of Arab Spring

Monday, April 2, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Perspectives on the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests known as the Arab Spring will be the topic of a lecture April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Youssouf Amine ElAlamy, professor of English at the University of Kenitra in Morocco, is a world-renowned journalist, novelist and visual artist. In a talk entitled "Through Arab Eyes: Toward an Aesthetic Reading of the Arab Spring," he will give an artist's viewpoint on the civil uprisings in the Middle Eastern countries that began in 2010.

ElAlamy has organized exhibitions throughout Europe and Morocco of his work, "Nomad," a literary installation on canvas and wood. He received the best travel account prize from the British Council International for his book, "A Moroccan in New York," and the Grand Prix Atlas 2001 for his collection of short stories, "Les Clandestins." His collection of short stories, "Gossip," is the first book entirely written in Darija, or Moroccan Arabic. Many of his novels have been translated into Arabic, English, Spanish and Italian.

The lecture is organized by Hood's department of foreign languages and literatures and sponsored by the Charlotte Moran Visiting Scholar Fund.

For more information, contact Jeanie Cronin, coordinator of faculty services, at (301) 696-3473 or by e-mail at cronin@hood.edu.