Global Engagement Partners
Keker First Year Common Read
The Keker First Year Common Read (KFYCR) is designed to introduce new students to the intellectual life of UNCG. Offered through the New Student Transitions and First Year Experience Office, this is an opportunity for new students to read a common summer book and engage in curricular and co-curricular learning through classroom discussions and special programs.
The 2016 KFYCR selection is Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family by Najla Said. The daughter of the famous intellectual and outspoken Palestinian advocate Edward Said and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, Najla Said grew up in New York City, confused and conflicted about her cultural background and identity. Said knew that her parents identified deeply with their homelands, but growing up in a Manhattan world that was defined largely by class and conformity, she felt unsure about who she was supposed to be, and was often in denial of the differences she sensed between her family and those around her. She may have been born a Palestinian Lebanese American, but Said denied her true roots, even to herself—until, ultimately, the psychological toll of her self-hatred began to threaten her health.
As she grew older, she eventually came to see herself, her passions, and her identity more clearly. Today she is a voice for second-generation Arab Americans nationwide.
Najla Said will visit UNC Greensboro on October 12th at 7:00p.m. in the Aycock Auditorium for a performance of her one-woman show, Palestine.
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