Embracing the Infidel and Refusing Silence

1. March 15

Embracing the Infidel:
Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West
Lecture, slide presentation, and book signing by Behzad Yaghmaian, author of Embracing the Infidel: Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West (2005). He takes readers on an journey that stretches from the Middle East and Africa to Western Europe and the United States. From 2002 through 2004, the author lived among Muslim immigrants in ghettos, transition camps, and safe houses and recorded their experiences. Many have survived war, imprisonment, and political and social persecution. At a time when immigrants are too often reduced to statistics or demonized, Embracing the Infidel puts human faces on these marginalized people who simply want to live freely. Behzad Yaghmaian is an Iranian-born U.S. national who has over fifteen years of experience in studying, teaching, and writing about issues of international political economy, globalization, and the Middle East. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.
Wednesday, March 15, 12:45 p.m., Wang Lecture Hall 1

2. May 2

Refusing Silence: The Life and Poetry of Huang Xiang
The moving life story and passionate poetry of Huang Xiang come alive in this bi-lingual reading (Chinese and English). Currently a resident in the Cities of Asylum program in Pittsburgh, Huang Xiang has authored twenty books, and was imprisoned twelve years in his native China for advocating self-expression and freedom. Two short documenatries featuring Huang Xiang and his muse, his wife, the writer Qiu Xiao Yu’lan, will precede the poetry reading. Reception to follow. Co-Sponsored with Movement One: Creative Coalition.
Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 p.m., Wang Lecture Hall 1

Sunita S. Mukhi, Ph.D.
Director of Asian and Asian American Programs
Charles B. Wang Center
Suite 302
Stony Brook University
4040 SUNY
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4040
PH: 631-632-6353
Fax: 631-632-9503

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