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  MESF Seminar

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama; Nathan Thrall
in conversation with Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh

March 14, 2024

In Nathan Thrall’s A Day in the Life of Abed Salama, the struggle over Israel/Palestine is given a profoundly human face through the heart-wrenching story of a tragic accident that killed Abed Salama’s five-year-old son. Granular in its recitation of the daily injustices that make up the lives of the roughly 3.2 million Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank, and even-handed in detailing the intractable narratives of the region, the book is a mirror and we are challenged to face it. Join Thrall in a conversation led by Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh.


Nathan Thrall
Nathan Thrall is the author of A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy (Metropolitan, 2023), which was named a best book of the year by The New Yorker, Time, The Economist, The New Republic, and the Financial Times, and selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. His previous book, The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine, was published by Metropolitan in 2017. His essays, reviews, and reported features have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and The New York Review of Books and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He spent a decade at the International Crisis Group, where he was director of the Arab-Israeli Project, and has taught at Bard College in New York. Originally from California, he lives in Jerusalem.

Shahram AkbarzadehProf Shahram Akbarzadeh is Convenor of the Middle East Studies Forum (MESF)  


Date: Thursday, March 14 2024, 14:00 – 15:00 (AEDT)
Location: Burwood Corporate Centre (BCC)
221 Burwood Highway Burwood, VIC 3125

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