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Shuruq 4.5 Presents: Seattle Arab Feminisms- Then and Now

Date(s) - 10/13/2020
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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by Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice

About this Event

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Seattle in the 1990s saw a critical shift in Arab feminist organizing. Founding members of Seattle’s Arab Women’s Solidarity Association (AWSA) include Therese Saliba, professor and dean at the Evergreen State College, Nadine Naber, renowned Arab American scholar/activist; and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, poet, writer and co-founder of IMEU. Join these panelists in a reflective conversation on the history of AWSA and the future of Arab feminism in the arts, media, and political organizing.

  • 6:00-6:45 pm Conversation with Panelists
  • 6:45-7:15 pm Live Audience Q&A

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is a poet, essayist, and translator. Her first book of poems, WATER & SALT, won the 2018 Washington State Book Award. She is also the author of two chapbooks, ARAB IN NEWSLAND, winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Press Prize, and LETTERS FROM THE INTERIOR, finalist for the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize. Her work has been published in journals including Kenyon Review Online, World Literature Today, the Rumpus, New England Review, Poetry Northwest, and Porter Square Review. She is the recipient of a 2019 Artist Trust Fellowship and a former Poet-In-Residence at Open Books in Seattle. You can learn more about her work at

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