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Community History Program

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Event Dates: March 10, 2014

The last in a five-part series of book discussions covers Fatima Mernissi’s Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, an extraordinary memoir of growing up in a domestic harem in 1940s-50s Fez, Morocco.

The series occurs at the Cedar Bluff Library, Knoxville, 6-8pm, and is facilitated by Dr. Douja mamelouk, Professor of Arabic & French Literature at UT-KNoxville

Event Dates: February 6, 2014

“Life on the Fence: A Long View of Guest Worker Programs,” is a public conversation using excerpts from research on guest worker programs to provide a shared context for discussing themes of labor, immigration, family and community in Tennessee. It is part of our exhibit tour of Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964, and provides historical context for current realities of national policy and the evolution of foreign-born populations in Tennessee communities over time.

Event Dates: January 6, 2014 - March 14, 2014

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 is a bilingual panel exhibit using oral history excerpts and archival photos to tell the story of our nation’s largest guest worker program with Mexico.

Event Dates: November 4, 2013 - December 16, 2013

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 is a bilingual panel exhibit using oral history excerpts and archival photos to tell the story of our nation’s largest guest worker program with Mexico.

Event Dates: January 27, 2014

The second in a five-part series of book discussions will cover Marjane Satrapi's memoir Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, an extraordinary account of coming of age in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution.  The discussion will be led by Dr. Douja Mamelouk, Assistant Professor of Arabic & French, University of Tennesse at Knoxville. The series occurs at the Cedar Bluff Branch Library, Knoxville, 6-8pm.

Event Dates: November 7, 2013

The last in a five-part series of book discussions covers Fatima Mernissi’s Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, an extraordinary account of growing up in a domestic harem in 1940s Morocco. The discussion will be led by Kari Neely, Assistant Professor of Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies at MTSU.  The series occurs at the Edmondson Branch Library, Nashville, 6-8pm.

Event Dates: February 24, 2014

The fourth in a five-part series of book discussions will cover novelist Kamila Shamsie's Broken Verses, a mystery set in modern day Pakistan involving poetry, politics and family. The discussion will be led by Douja Mamelouk, Assistant Professor of Arabic & French, University of Tennesse at Knoxville.  The series occurs at the Cedar Bluff Branch Library, Knoxville, 6-8pm.

Event Dates: February 10, 2014

The third in a five-part series of book discussions will cover House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East, by Lebanese-American journalist Anthony Shahid in which he chronicles his return to and restoration of his ancestral home. The discussion will be led by Douja Mamelouk, Assistant Professor of Arabic & French, University of Tennesse at Knoxville.  The series occurs at the Cedar Bluff Branch Library, Knoxville, 6-8pm.

Resources for Hosting Bittersweet Harvest Exhibition

These resources will help you plan and present the Bittersweet Harvest exhibition. 

 

Event Dates: January 13, 2014

The first in a five-part series of book discussions will cover Hishram Matar's In the Country of Men, a novel of a Libyan childhood in 1979. The discussion will be led by Douja Mamelouk, Assistant Professor of Arabic & French, University of Tennesse at Knoxville  The series occurs at the Cedar Bluff Branch Library, Knoxville, 6-8pm.

Join us for the full series.  All books in the series are available through the Knox County Public Library system.

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 is a bilingual, traveling poster exhibit exploring the roots of Mexican migrant labor to the United States, and toured across the state from the Fall of 2013 through 2015.

Muslim Journeys: Points of View

Muslim Journeys: Points of View was a five-part book discussion series focused on literature by/about individuals of Muslim-majority nations, and partially supported by a grant from the American Library Association. Our series, which occurred in Nashville in fall of 2013 and Knoxville in winter 2014, included the following books: