The American Corner of the City of Abu Dhabi hosted a public lecture on 3 March 2014 in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at ALHOSN University. The lecture titled "The Image of America Image in Recent Arabic Literature” was presented by Prof. Muhamed Osman Al Khalil, Director of the Arab Studies at New York University Abu Dhabi.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Adnan Husnéin, Director of the American Corner, welcomed an eager audience of about 34 students and staff. Guests included Mr. Jeremey Jewett and Mrs. Rula Khalafawi from the U.S. Embassy, and Dr. Walid Akko from University of Sorbonne-Abu Dhabi. Also in attendance were Dr. Adel Khleifi, Provost for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Khalid Al Hiyari, Dean of Student Affairs.
Dr. Husnéin then introduced guest speaker Prof. Al Khalil who is a specialist in Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in modern Arabic literature. He received his Ph.D. in Modern Arabic Literature from the University of Arizona. He has also received a Fulbright scholarship and taught Arabic language, literature, and culture courses at several universities in the United States, and the Middle East.
The lecture provided an overview of the longstanding relationship between America and the Arab World, and discussed the difference in attitudes toward the United States, as well as the impact of the Gulf War on the perception of America. The lecturer also introduced a variety of literary specimens depicting America, some of which dates back to the first half of the previous century. One such example was Egyptian writer Mustafa Amin’s first literary work “Laughing America,” which debuted in 1943. Prof. Al Khalil established that the influence of America on contemporary Arabic literature has been, by and large, on the positive side.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Dr. Mohamed Saeed Hasab El Naby, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, presented the guest speaker with a logo crystal on behalf of the American Corner and a certificate of appreciation from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for participating in such cultural enrichment opportunities on ALHOSN campus.