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Kamila Shamsie | Who Belongs at Home?

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3701 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Award-winning author Kamila Shamsie considers family, nation, and faith in today's age of terror.

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DR. S.T. LEE DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN THE HUMANITIES

Kamila Shamsie, Award-winning Author

In conversation with Emily Wilson, Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Who Belongs at Home?

Kamila Shamsie’s seventh novel Home Fire follows three orphaned British Muslim siblings who struggle in different ways with their relationship to the State after one of them is enticed into becoming a jihadist. Shamsie considers family, nation, and faith in today’s age of terror against the backdrop of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, in which two sisters respond differently to the legal consequences of their brother’s act of treason. Home Fire received the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction and was long-listed for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

Joining Ms. Shamsie will be Penn Classical Studies Professor Emily Wilson, whose poetic translation of Homer’s Odyssey illuminates family and social relationships in this ancient text, and the complicated kinship between antiquity and modernity. Shamsie and Wilson will explore the many meanings of home and homecoming, and how violence, colonialism, and war affect identity and community across national and cultural boundaries.

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Free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided. If you have any accessibility questions or concerns, please email us. More information: http://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/shamsie

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