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Misher Festival of Fine Arts and Humanities2020 Misher Festival of Fine Arts and Humanities

Lecture and Honors Colloquium

The 2020 Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities presents “The Other Americans: On Fiction, Home, and Exile.”

Laila Lalami, PhD, Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities and Honors Colloquium Speaker

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 1–2 p.m.
McNeil Sciences and Technology Center
AstraZeneca Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public
Reception to follow  

USciences Book Club

USciences Book Club has chosen Dr. Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans as its first book. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend the inaugural meeting on January 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Whitecar Room 207.

About Dr. Lalami 

Laila Lalami was born and raised in MorLaila Lalami, PhDocco, a place whose past and present permeate her writing. A novelist, short story writer, and essayist, Dr. Lalami is a unique and confident voice in the conversations about race and immigration that increasingly occupy our national attention. She is a regular contributor to publications including The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times Magazine, weighing in on contemporary issues in the Arab world and North Africa. Lalami’s fiction confronts the questions of race, displacement, and national identity that she addresses so eloquently in her essays and criticism. Her books, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, The Moor’s Account, and The Other Americans have received a variety of accolades, praise, and acknowledgment. The Other Americans, a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the Aspen Words Literary Prize, was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction and won the Simpson Family Literary Prize.

Book Cover - The Other AmericansDr. Lalami’s writing has been translated into ten languages. A graduate of Université Mohammed-V in Rabat, she also attended University College in London and the University of Southern California, where she earned a PhD in linguistics. Dr. Lalami has received a Fulbright Fellowship, a British Council Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was awarded the 2019 Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize. She teaches creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. In April 2020, Lalami will publish her next book, Conditional Citizens, a nonfiction book about belonging in America. 

For over 30 years, Misher College of Arts and Sciences has provided students at USciences with the foundation of their education. The Misher Festival of Fine Arts & Humanities celebrates former University President Allen Misher’s vision of an undergraduate education that embraces history, philosophy, literature and cultural studies alongside biology, chemistry, and more.


Christine Flanagan 


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