On Wednesday, Mar. 8, the World on Wednesday lecture series will host two events:

“How to Build Nations for Free: The GCC Example,” with  Mona Kareem, poet and journalist, in the Campus Center (Building 1C) Green Dolphin Lounge from 12:20pm to 1:10pm.

Mona Kareem is a poet-writer-translator based in New York. She is the author of three poetry collections, some of which were translated into French, English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Farsi, Italian, and Kurdish. Mona is a Doctoral candidate in the Comparative Literature program at Binghamton University. Her dissertation explores issues of subalternity in the Arab feminist novel. She teaches writing classes while freelancing for a number of Arabic publications.

She will talk about the cycles of labor exploitation in the Gulf that persist as the region’s neoliberal economies continue to grow. Since the 1970s, the six countries of the Arab Gulf region have relied heavily on migrant workers to build their infrastructure and other mega projects. The Gulf region has a major stake in the international labor market; when some routes become more regulated, they abandon them to find new ones with the least obligations to workers’ rights.

This is a CC CLUE event.


Documentary Film Screening: He Named Me Malala (2015),  88 minutes

This event will take place in the Campus Center (Building 1C) Green Dolphin Lounge from 1:30pm to 3:00pm’

He Named Me Malala is a 2015 U.S. documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim. The film presents the young Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who has spoken out for the rights of girls, especially the right to education, since she was very young. The film also recounts how she miraculously survived and has become even more eloquent in her quest after being hunted down and shot by a Taliban gunman as part of the organization’s violent opposition to girls’ education in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. The title refers to the Afghani folk hero Malalai of Maiwand, after whom her father named her.

This is a PG CLUE event.


The World on Wednesday lecture series is sponsored by the Center for Global Engagement and Women’s Studies. If you wish to present, please contact Winnie Brophy at 718.982.2100 or winnie.brophy@csi.cuny.edu.