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The Home That Was Our Country

September 26, 2018, 7:00 PM


Journalist and former civil rights lawyer Alia Malek will provide a personal narrative of the Syrian conflict and a reading from her book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria.

Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, Malek worked in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank. In April 2011, she moved to Damascus, Syria, and wrote anonymously for several outlets in the country as it began to disintegrate.

Her reporting from Syria earned her the Marie Colvin Award in November 2013. Malek served as senior writer at Al Jazeerza America until 2015. In November 2016, she was honored with the 12th annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities. The New York Foundation for the Arts named her a fellow in nonfiction literature in the summer of 2017. She is currently collaborating with 2018 Oak Fellow Bassam Khabieh on a book of photography, vignettes, and essays titled Witnesses to War: The Children of Syria.

Sponsored by the Oak Institute for Human Rights and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.


September 26, 2018
7:00 PM


Lindsey Cotter-Hayes


Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, Colby College
4000 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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