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Mahmoud Darwish at Berkeley University

April 17, 2012
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Chairperson of the BZU Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies and Director of BZU’s Master’s Program in Arab Contemporary Studies, Dr. Abdul-Rahim-al-Shaikh, visited the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) from 3-11 December 2011. He was invited by Dr. Judith Butler, who is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley.



Al-Shaikh was invited to give a series of lectures and conduct workshops at Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric, as well as in the Critical Theory and Comparative Literature programs. The visit included several academic, intellectual and cultural events, including a lecture delivered on 6 December 2011, hosted by the Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities, entitled: "Mahmoud Darwish: In Defense of Little Differences." Al-Shaikh also lectured at the Middle Eastern Studies program at the University of Santa Cruz.



For more information, please visit:“…-defense-little-differences”



It is worth noting that Judith Butler visited BZU in early 2010, and is expected to visit again in April 2012. She will be accompanied by one of the most influential French philosophers, Etienne Balibar.



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