Alice Swensen has taught in Cairo, Egypt, in Sudan (where she served as Fulbright Scholar), and in China, as well as at University of Oklahoma, Stillwater, and University of Northern Iowa. Retired from UNI, her special areas of expertise include early twentieth century American and British literature, literature and spirituality of North Africa and the Middle East, and literature by women. She is past coordinator of the Women’s Studies program at UNI. An artist with considerable interest in the visual arts, she is also the author of stories and poems in Countries of the Heart, a volume she published with her two daughters. At present she is at work in Decorah on Coming Apart in Cairo, a novel based on her life in Egypt in the 1950s and 60s.
Tania Kamal-Eldin is an independent filmmaker and educator. Her documentary productions focus on women and Middle Eastern issues with an emphasis on the complex interactions of gender, race and cross-cultural representation. Kamal-Eldin has an MFA in Visual Arts from University of California-San Diego where she was awarded the Jacob Javits Fellowship, as well as a MSC in Political Economy from the London School of Economics. She has taught at the University of California, San Diego, and Palomar College. She has published much fiction including co-authoring a book of short stories. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at American University, School of Communication in Film and Media Arts, in Washington D.C.
Thursday, September 13
7:00 p.m.: Reading from Coming Apart in Cairo, Hammarskjold Lounge
Friday, September 21
4:00 p.m.: Showing of Cairo Chronicles, discussion following, Olin 102