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Egyptian Professor to Discuss Role of Arab Women in Modern Literature During Arts & Sciences Dean's Colloquium

KINGSVILLE - March 19, 2011

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Dr. Mayy El Hayawi, a Fullbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and assistant professor at ‘Ayn Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, will be the keynote speaker during The 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Colloquium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 2 p.m. Friday, March 25 in the Blue Room of Fore Hall.

This is a free event that is open to the public.

The first half of El Hayawi’s lecture, “Contemporary Arab Women’s Writings” will focus on the traditional perceptions of Arab women through literature. El Hayawi will discuss different stereotypes of women who are both Arab and Muslim. Depictions of Arab women have varied from the seductive, sultan’s harem-characters of the 19th century to the post-September 11 images of veiled submission. El Hayawi will consider literary depictions of Arab women through the years, as she searches to uncover the face of the true Arab woman in the 21st century.

The second half of the lecture will focus on the recent historic political events in Egypt.

“Not only has the Egyptian leaderless Revolution succeeded in overthrowing a 30-year old authoritarian regime which has brutally stripped Egyptians of their dignity, dreams and sense of belonging, but it has also managed to restore Egypt’s past glories and resurrect Egyptians’ determination to re-write their future,” El Hayawi said. “With a nation to love, an anthem to sing, a goal to attain and a future to plan, we no more feel homeless at home.”

For more information, contact Colloquium Committee members Dr. Jim Norwine at 593-3589, Dr. Nirmal Goswami at 593-3506 or Dr. Cathy Downs at 593-2514.

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