Hala Gorani — But You Don't Look Arab: And Other Tales of Unbelonging - with Robyn Curnow — at The Wharf

Upcoming Event
Friday, February 23, 2024 - 7:00pm

What is it like to have no clear identity in a world full of labels? How can people find a sense of belonging when they have never felt part of a "tribe?" And how does a blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman who's never lived in the Middle East honor her Arab Muslim ancestry and displaced family--a family forced to scatter when their home country was torn apart by war?

Hala Gorani's path to self-discovery started the moment she could understand that she was "other" wherever she found herself to be. Born of Syrian parents in America and raised mainly in France, she didn't feel at home in Aleppo, Seattle, Paris, or London. She is a citizen of everywhere and nowhere. And like many journalists who've covered wars and conflicts, she felt most at home on the ground reporting and in front of the camera.

As a journalist, Gorani has traveled to some of the most dangerous places in the world, covering the Arab Spring in Cairo and the Syrian civil war, reporting on suicide bombers in Beirut and the chemical attacks in Damascus, watching the growth of ISIS and the war in Iraq--sometimes escaping with her life by a hair. But through it all, she came to understand that finding herself meant not only looking inward, but tracing a long family history of uprooted ancestors. From the courts of Ottoman Empire sultans through the stories of the citizens from her home country and other places torn apart by unrest, But You Don't Look Arab combines Gorani's family history with rigorous reporting, explaining--and most importantly, humanizing--the constant upheavals in the Middle East over the last century.

Hala Gorani is an international correspondent for NBC News. She is one of the best-known international news anchors on television, with over twenty years’ experience as a journalist on CNN, three Emmy Awards, reportage from every country in the Middle East, and interviews with world figures like the Dalai Lama, Tony Blair, Mala Yousafzai, and Rafik Hariri to cultural icons like David Sedaris, Robert De Niro, and Naomi Campbell. She now lives in London with her husband and a cuddly cavalier spaniel named Louis.

Gorani will be in conversation with Robyn Curnow. Curnow is an award-winning anchor and foreign correspondent, she presented prime-time programs on CNN USA and CNN International. She was CNN’s Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg and a reporter and anchor based at CNN’s London bureau covering Europe. Curnow began her career at the South African Broadcasting Corporation as a reporter during Nelson Mandela’s presidency. She also reported for BBC Look East. She has a Master’s degree from Cambridge University in International Relations. She was a Chevening Scholar, based at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

610 Water St SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Wharf
Non Fiction
But You Don't Look Arab: And Other Tales of Unbelonging By Hala Gorani Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306831645
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Published: Hachette Books - February 20th, 2024