Kashua’s free, public lecture and discussion about “The Foreign Mother Tongue: Living and Writing as a Palestinian in Israel” will begin at 3 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. A book sale and signing will follow the talk at 4:30 p.m. UofL’s Jewish studies program presents the event, which also is part of the university’s Axton Reading Series.
Kashua, currently a visiting teacher at University of Illinois, earned the Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature in 2004 and the Israeli literary Bernstein Prize in 2011. He has published three novels: “Dancing Arabs,” “Let It Be Morning” and “Second Person Singular.” The film adaptation of the autobiographical “Dancing Arabs” opened the Jerusalem Film Festival last year.
Kashua also is known for the popular, groundbreaking “Arab Labor” television series that provides a comedic look at a Palestinian journalist living in Israel and searching for identity. His satirical weekly personal columns in Hebrew run in the newspaper Haaretz. A 2009 documentary “Sayed Kashua — Forever Scared” chronicled his family life during seven years.
Although his talk is free, reservations are requested at http://sayed-kashua.eventbrite.com. For reserved parking information, email Ranen Omer-Sherman, the Jewish Heritage Foundation for Excellence endowed chair in Judaic studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other support for the College of Arts and Sciences event comes from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, English department, humanities division and Middle East and Islamic studies program.