Smith Memorial Student Union, room 298
Bridget Guarasci, University of Michigan
Yasmeen Hanoosh, Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, Portland State University
James Grehan, Associate Professor of History & Director, Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University
Free & open to the public
Co-sponsored by the Centers for Public Humanities and Middle East Studies
Bridget Guarasci completed her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Michigan earlier this year. Her dissertation Reconstructing Life: Environment, Expertise, and Political Power in Iraq's Southern Marshes 2003-2007 focused on the relationship of foreign investment, economic liberalization, and the rise of environmentalism in Iraq at the height of violence during the recent war. She will return to Jordan this fall as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate a growing regional environmentalism, its relationship to foreign-led development campaigns, and the sharpening economic inequality this partnership produces for communities in areas of ecological concern.
Yasmeen Hanoosh received her Ph.D. in Arabic Language and Literature from The University of Michigan (2008). She specializes in the literatures and history of ethno-religious minorities in the Middle East, and also in Arabic literary translation. Her English translations of Arabic short stories have appeared in various literary journals and publications, including Banipal and The Iowa Review. Dr. Hanoosh’s translation of the Iraqi novel Scattered Crumbs (al-Ramli)won the Arkansas Arabic Translation Prize in 2002, and has been since excerpted in a number of publications and anthologized in Literature from the Axis of Evil: Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Other Enemy Nations (2006).Dr. Hanoosh’s teaching interests include modern Arabic fiction, the politics of minority in the Middle East, and Applied Arabic literary translation. She spent the academic year 2009-2010 in Berlin, Germany, as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg institute for advanced studies, where she worked on completing the manuscript of her book, The Politics of Minority: Chaldeans between Iraq and America. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Hanoosh has been teaching the Arabic language for several years at The University of Michigan. She has also taught as a visiting instructor at al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco (2003, 2005); The American University in Beirut, Lebanon (2004); The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA (2003); and Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA (2007-2008).
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.
The Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University (PCPH) promotes rigorous humanistic inquiry into the languages, histories, and ideas that shape our ways of life, as well as those that offer a means of positively transforming them. Closely aligned with Portland State’s renowned community engagement mission, PCPH deepens the city of Portland’s intellectually and culturally vibrant life by supporting a rich program of humanist inquiry that can speak to great questions of public interest. In an age of rapid cultural and social change, PCPH works to preserve the public’s consciousness of its core intellectual traditions, while also openly exploring questions about the value and significance of what is historically new or innovative. The center seeks to let knowledge serve the Portland community in the most direct possible sense, by providing forums where intellectual inquiry and civic engagement come together.