DREXEL EVENT: How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America, Thu Dec 3 @ 4:30pm

Moustafa Bayoumi, Jimmy Yan, & Yasmin DwedarHow Does It Feel to Be a Problem?
Being Young and Arab in America

Just over a century ago, W.E.B. Du Bois posed a probing question in his classic The Souls of Black Folk: “How does it feel to be a problem?” he asked. Today, Arab and Muslim Americans, the newest minorities in the American imagination, are the latest “problem” of American society, and their answers to Du Bois’s question increasingly define what being American means today.

In a wholly revealing portrait of a community that lives next door and yet a world away, Moustafa Bayoumi introduces us to the individual lives of seven twentysomething men and women living in Brooklyn, home to the largest number of Arab Americans in the United States. Through telling real stories about young people in Brooklyn, Bayoumi jettisons the stereotypes and clichés that constantly surround Arabs and Muslims and allows us instead to enter their worlds and experience their lives. [link]

Drexel University Earle Mack School of LawMoustafa Bayoumi, Associate Professor of English, Brooklyn College
– Jimmy Yan, General Counsel, Office of Manhattan Borough President
– Yasmin Dwedar

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When: Thu, Dec 3, 2009, 4:30pm

Where: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, Rm 140
(reception and book signing to follow in 3rd Floor Gallery)
3320 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA