Consider the experience of arriving in a new country — from learning a new language to adjusting your expectations and customs.
Join Roya Hakakian and Ruby Namdar — two award-winning authors — in conversation about their experience immigrating to America, what they miss about their homelands, their literary lives, and the Jewish ideal of welcoming the stranger.
In a time when the conversation on immigration is front and center on the U.S. and world stage, this timely discussion will also showcase the work that UJA is doing to help support new immigrants.
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Roya Hakakian was born in Iran and came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1985. She is the author of Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, Journey from the Land of No, and most recently A Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious and has published two collections of poetry in Persian. A former television producer and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she now teaches writing in a workshop at Yale and is a fellow at Davenport College at Yale.
Novelist Ruby Namdar was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage and now lives in New York City. His first book, Haviv, won The Israeli Ministry of Culture's Award for Best First Publication and his novel, The Ruined House, won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. Ruby teaches Jewish literature, focusing on Biblical and Talmudic narrative, and is currently working on a new novel in Hebrew.
Sandee Brawarsky, moderator, is an award-wining journalist and author.