Duke University will host a talk with author Hisham Matar at the Nasher Museum of Art on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7-8 pm.
-By Duke Global staff
Join the conversation with Hisham Matar, whose memoir, “The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between,” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography.
Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents. In this rare investigation into the disappearance of his dissident father, Matar turns to painting and poetry to guide him in his search and help him explore the dilemma common to all forced to migrate, “What do you do when you cannot leave and cannot return?”
Matar’s writings have been translated into 29 languages, and his previous novel, “Anatomy of a Disappearance,” was named one of the best books of the year by The Guardian and the Chicago Tribune in 2011.
The event is open to the public, and paid parking is available. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Museum.
This discussion is the culminating event for the exhibition In Transit: Arts & Migration Around Europe within The Collection Galleries at the Nasher Museum, and the interdisciplinary In Transit project. The upcoming event is also part of a month-long series, Duke at Home in the World, which is designed to encourage the campus community to think critically about what it means to be global. The series is organized by Duke’s Office of Global Affairs and sponsored by the von der Heyden Fellows Fund, established by Karl (’62) and Mary Ellen von der Heyden.