Lecture Series

The lecture series sponsored by the Babtain Program for Arabic Language and Literature invites scholars and authors from all over the Arab world to speak about Arabic poetry at the UM campus. Students often have the opportunity to closely interact with the guest speakers. The lectures are free and open to the public. 

Past Lectures

Elias Khoury: Author’s Forum, in discussion with Professor Anton Shammas
April 3, 2014
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Unrequired Poems
Iman Mersal
March 24, 2014
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Hoda Barakat: Author’s Forum, in discussion with Professor Anton Shammas
November 21 and 22, 2013
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Sufism in Arabic Poetry
Professor Alexander Knysh
March 22, 2013
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Identity, Power, and a Prayer to our Lady of Perpetual Repatriation: On Translating Poetry
Khaled Mattawa
October 3, 2013
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New Readings in Mahjar Literature: The Seminal Arab Poets as Immigrant
Hani Bawardi
January 24, 2013
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Global Arabic Poetry Reading
December 14, 2012
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How to Write an Arabic Poem: Creative Writing Workshop
Sabri M. Hussein
October 26, 2012
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Arabic Poetry and Poets in the Mahjar: A Cultural Discussion
Ned Fawaz & Ala Faik
September 27, 2012
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Arab Poetry Spring Dialogue of Civilizations and Cultures
An Evening with Abdulaziz Al-Babtain
April 13, 2012
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