Regretfully, as part of Harvard University precautions surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 2019) outbreak, the lecture
"Rescued from Rubble" by Mosab Abu Toha has been postponed.
In 2014 Palestinian poet Mosab Abu Toha was inspired by a book he rescued from rubble to found the Edward Said Public Library in Beit Lahia City, Gaza's first English-language library. The success of the Said library has led to the recent opening of a second branch in Gaza City. In this lecture, Abu Toha will recount his pursuit of a dream to share literature with other Gazans amid hardship and danger under Israeli occupation, as well as the obstacles faced in acquiring resources ranging from books to a building. Abu Toha will also read two of his poems. Free and open to the public. For additional information, click here.
This lecture is co-sponsored by Houghton Library, Scholars at Risk Program, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard College Writing Program, Department of Comparative Literature, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Harvard Divinity School Religious Literacy Project.