Feb. 1. 2005 Tuesday, 8:00pm
Screening of Edwars Said's
On Orientalism
"In this engaging (and lavishly illustrated) interview Edward Said talks about the context within which his book Orientalism was conceived, its main themes, and how its original thesis relates to the contemporary understanding of "the Orient." Said argues that the Western (especially American) understanding of the Middle East as a place full of villains and terrorists ruled by Islamic fundamentalism produces a deeply distorted image of the diversity and complexity of millions of
Arab peoples. He unearths the intellectual roots of "Orientalism" in the history of imperial conquest stemming back to the 18th century, he argues that it is this legacy of "difference" and mistrust that must be overcome if conflict, discord and violence are not to be humanity's permanent future".
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