"Art, Conflict, Identity: A Symposium with Israeli/Palestinian/American Writers and Artists" was held April 5, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall (Main Lecture Hall).
Sponsored by the Posen Foundation Visiting Writers Project at Hampshire College, the symposium featured Udi Aloni, Adina Hoffman, and Fady Joudah. It was free and open to the public.
Fady Joudah's The Earth in the Attic won the Yale Series for Younger Poets in 2007. His translations of Mahmoud Darwish's poetry, The Butterfly's Burden and If I Were Another, won the Banipal prize for Arabic literary translation from the UK and a PEN translation prize, respectively. He is a physician working in Houston. In 2002 and 2005 he served with Doctors Without Borders.
Udi Aloni is known for his deeply psychoanalytic films and work in political theology. Living part time in Jenin refugee camp, he teaches film at The Freedom Theater in Jenin. His film Forgiveness
tells the story of David Adler, a 20-year old American-Israeli who decides to move back to Israel to join the military. Adler ends up at a mental hospital, which was built on the ruins of the Palestinian village Deir Yassin, where a Jewish militia killed over 100 villagers in 1948. Aloni's book, What Does a Jew Want: On Binationalism and Other Specters
, is forthcoming in May 2011.
Adina Hoffman is the author of House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood
and My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century
, which was named one of the best 20 books of 2009 by the Barnes & Noble Review. Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
, written with Peter Cole, is due out in April from Schocken/Nextbook. One of the founders and editors of Ibis Editions, she divides her time between Jerusalem and New Haven.