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Lunch with Honors: Khaled Mattawa

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
12:00 AM
1330 Mason Hall

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Professor of English Khaled Mattawa is a renowned poet and translator of poetry; his work has been published in many prestigious journals and has won many awards. This fall Professor Mattawa received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, popularly known as the “Genius Award.”  Born in Benghazi, Libya, Professor Mattawa came to the US in 1979, while still a teen; he majored in Political Science at U. Tennessee, and then earned two Master’s degrees from Indiana before going on to a Ph.D. from Duke.  Meanwhile he has produced an impressive body of poetry and translations.  In 2012, following the fall of the Qaddafi regime, Professor Mattawa joined with others to create the Arete Foundation, devoted to revitalizing the arts in Libya; it has hosted art exhibits, poetry readings, and a video festival in Tripoli’s Old City.  Come to hear about the role the arts have to play in cultural life and renewal, to talk about poetry and translation, and yes, to get that phone call from the MacArthur Foundation and be officially named a “genius.”