ONLINE CLASS: Politics and Humor in a Palestinian-Israeli Life (2192)

Two Mondays: August 16 and 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

$80 (10% off for members)

Join me in another series of classes to better understand the MENA region through its authors. This series of two classes will explore the contradictions of modern Israel from the perspective of Sayed Kashua, a Palestinian-Israeli, who straddles two societies that often collide with each other. He has been described by NPR as “one of the most popular writers in Israel.” The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) praised Native saying “A humorous and at times painful collection of anecdotes about life as an Israeli-Palestinian…. Kashua is an original… witty, self-deprecating and incisive.”

Palestinian-Israelis make up about 20% of Israel’s overall population and are Israeli citizens. Sayed Kashua is the author of several novels including Dancing Arabs, Let it Be Morning (shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award); Second Person Singular, winner of the prestigious Bernstein Prize. He is a columnist for Haaretz (major Israeli newspaper) and the creator of the prizewinning Israeli TV sitcom, Arab Labor. He and his family now live in the USA where initially, he was teaching at the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana. Now, he is completing PhD studies in comparative literature at the Washington University in St. Louis and working on various writing projects. '

Two Mondays: August 16 and 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET Online Class. 

Required Reading:

Native – Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life by Sayed Kashua 9780802126290

Track Changes – a novel by Sayed Kashua 9780802148452

Heba F. El-Shazli is an Egyptian-American and an avid lover and reader of literature from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She is an assistant professor of political science at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society. Heba teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations, and the role of civil society and social movements in democratization. She has a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) with a specialization in Governance and International Affairs from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs and a MA in International Relations from Georgetown University. She was the Director of MENA programs at the Solidarity Center (2004-2011) and the Deputy MENA Regional Director at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (

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Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802126290
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Published: Grove Press - February 14th, 2017

Track Changes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802148452
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Published: Grove Press - January 19th, 2021