Middle East expert to host talk at Jaffrey library

Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:59AM

As  part of a month-long exploration into diverse people, places, and culture called Reading Without Walls, the Jaffrey Public Library will host "The Middle East," with New Hampshire Humanities speaker, Mohamed Defaa on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm in the Library's Meeting Room.

The term "Middle East" is a changing geopolitical concept. Throughout recent history, this term referred to a political, a cultural, and a geographical region with no clear boundaries. Moreover, this concept serves to generate stereotypes and misunderstanding.  Defaa will present a multimedia presentation that provides an analytical framework to understand the histories, social identities, and cultures behind the complex concept of the Middle East.

Mohamed Defaa is certified by the International Center for Educational and Cultural Consulting in Lyon, France. He earned an MA in Communication and Expression at the University Mohamed V in Rabat, Morocco, and a BA in French Language and Literature from the University Ibn Tofail in Kénitra, Morocco. Defaa has served as an assistant professor of Communication and Cultural Expression at the University Hassan the Second in Casablanca, Morocco, and a college instructor in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

This program is funded by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities and is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Library Director, Julie Perrin at 532-7301.