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Backstage: New Arab Eyes on the World — LIVE Shorts

May 30, 2009

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New Eyes on the Arab World: Breaking Down Barriers of Fear and Prejudice, with Peter THEROUX, Raja ALEM, Tom McDONOUGH, Muhammed AL MUR, Joe SACCO & Sulaiman AL HATTLAN, moderator; LIVE from the NYPL Short, May 30, 2009.

Five writers, Peter Theroux, Raja Alem, Tom McDonough, Muhammed Al Mur, and Joe Sacco, Arab and American, who have taken innovative approaches to portraying the Arab World to an American audience discuss the challenges they have faced and the successes they have achieved in breaking down the barriers of fear and prejudice through their work.

Journalist and writer Sulaiman Al Hattlan moderates. Whether through travelogue, memoir, graphic novel, children's literature or translation, these writers have widened the lens and sharpened the focus of American readers' view, setting a new precedent for sensitivity, creativity and insight in literature about the Arab World.