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‘Looking for Palestine’ is UNCG’s 2016 Keker Common Read

032316Feature_CommonReadNajla Said’s “Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family” is the chosen book for the 2016 Keker First Year Common Read program.

The Keker Book Selection Committee made the recommendation, and Provost Dunn and Vice Chancellor Callahan provided their approval.

Said, who grew up in Manhattan, is the daughter of Edward Said, a renowned intellectual known for his vigorous support of a Palestinian nation. “Looking for Palestine” traces Said’s search for self-identity as an Arab-American in wake of the September 11, 2011, attacks.

All freshmen will receive a copy of the KFYCR book at SOAR and will participate in the program through a variety of curricular and co-curricular initiatives. A full calendar of events surrounding the KFYCR will be available at http://yourfirstyear.uncg.edu/the-first-year-common-read/events/

Last year, there were 30 programs to support the common read. Programming for the 2016 common read is being developed.

Said will perform her one-woman show (see visual) related to “Looking for Palestine” on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Auditorium. She is also scheduled to speak at a luncheon for students as well as teach a class in advanced theater.