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EPL and MENA Present

Voices of Jordan, with Author Rana Sweis

2019-04-08 18:00:00 2019-04-08 19:30:00 America/Chicago EPL and MENA Present Main Library

Monday, April 08
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2019-04-08 18:00:00 2019-04-08 19:30:00 America/Chicago EPL and MENA Present Evanston Public Library and Northwestern University’s Middle East and North African Studies (MENA) present a talk on the culture, politics, religion, and society of the Middle East and North Africa. Main Library

Main Library

Community Meeting Room (107)

Evanston Public Library and Northwestern University’s Middle East and North African Studies (MENA) present a talk on the culture, politics, religion, and society of the Middle East and North Africa.

Please join us for this discussion with Jordanian journalist Rana Sweis about her new book Voices of Jordan.

Jordan’s diverse socioeconomic make-up encapsulates, like no other Middle Eastern state, both the array of pressing short-term problems facing the region, and the underlying challenges that Arab states will need to face once the current spate of civil conflicts is over: meaningful youth employment, female participation in politics, and integration of refugees into society.

This book tells the story of Jordan through the lives of ordinary people, including a political cartoonist, a Syrian refugee, a Jihadist and a female parliamentarian. The raw voices and everyday struggles of these people shine a fresh light on the politics, religion, and society of a culture coming to terms with the harsh reality of modernisation and urbanisation at a time of regional upheaval.

With her deep knowledge of Jordan’s landscape, language and culture, Rana Sweis sketches an intimate portrait of the intricacies and complexities of life in the Middle East. Rather than focusing on how individuals are affected by events in the region, she reveals a cast of characters shaping their own lives and times. Voices of Jordan shares those stories in all of their rich detail, offering a living, breathing social and political history.

‘An exquisite mosaic of personal lives, social commentary, political insight, and historical context. Sweis has brought Jordan to life with deep sensitivity and a world-class journalist’s penchant for nuance. The result is a true masterpiece of story-telling.’ —Wendy Pearlman, author of We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria & Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern

Rana F. Sweis is a Jordanian journalist covering political, social and refugee issues in the Middle East, most often for the New York Times. She is also the founder and managing director of Wishbox Media, a provider of media training, research services and creative storytelling packages.

This event is cosponsored with Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Authors & Book Discussions | Arts & Culture |

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