The Story of a Book Found Under Ruins


Biological Sciences East 100
1311 E. 4th Street
85721 Tucson , AZ


Mon, 02/10/2020 - 5:00pm to Sat, 11/26/2022 - 4:34am


Founder of the Edward Said Public Library in Gaza, Mosab Abu Toha, will give a talk about how a book under the rubble of his university that had been bombed led him to establish his library. The Edward Said Library helps children and young adults through depression, and connects people of all ages to the world through reading and other book-related activities. Mosab will also address the obstacles that he had faced while founding the library, like collecting books and receiving funding due to Israeli occupation and its effects on the people of Palestine. The talk will include photos showing active involvement within the Edward Said Library. Mosab will be introduced by Noam Chomsky, laureate professor of linguistics, and Agnese Nelms, Haury Chair at the University of Arizona.

Mosab will give a second talk with Professor Chomsky on February 12th.

This talk is supported by the Arizona Arabic Flagship Program, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of English, Harvard’s Scholars-At-Risk Program, the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and the University of Arizona Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.

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