Humanities@Home: The War in Gaza and Israel: Background and Context


Why is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so complicated and difficult to resolve? Will there ever be peace in the region? Join us on December 1, as Dr. Tarek El-Ariss of Dartmouth College leads a discussion about the events that continue to unfold in the Middle East, providing historical background and political context for the crisis involving Israel, Palestine, and Hamas. 


About the presenters: Tarek El-Ariss is the James Wright Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College. In 2021, he earned a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete his new book, Water on Fire: A Memoir of War. Trained in philosophy, comparative literature, and visual and cultural studies, he works across disciplines and languages to examine notions of the subject, community, and modernity. His research interests include Arabic literature, culture, and the arts; literary theory, new media, and digital humanities; Nahda and modernity studies; travel writing and the war novel; sci-fi and utopia studies; 18th- and 19th-century French philosophy and literature; and gender and sexuality studies. He is author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political and Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Ageand editor of the MLA anthology, The Arab Renaissance: A Bilingual Anthology of the Nahda.



Ezzedine C. Fishere teaches courses on Middle East politics. He is also a novelist and a contributing columnist at The Washington Post. Before coming to Dartmouth in September 2016, he taught at the Political Science department of the American University in Cairo, worked as a diplomat, wrote novels and – since the Tahrir Uprising, got engaged in Egyptian politics. This includes advising pro-democracy political groups, writing and speaking about Middle East political realities.








Forthcoming war memoir by Tarek El-Ariss,  Water on Fire: A Memoir of War

Event Details


Friday, December 1, 2023 5:00pm



Concord NH 03301

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New Hampshire Humanities

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