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Claremont poetry reading series to include CSUSB professorThe Sun/Inland Valley Daily BulletinMay 19, 209 Chad Sweeney, CSUSB associate professor of English, will be one of the featured poets at a reading in Claremont in July. He will read at the Helen Renwick Library, which hosts the Friends of the Claremont Library Fourth Sundays reading series on the fourth Sunday of each month. Sweeney, who will appear at the reading on July 28, won the 2019 Night Boat Prize for “Little Million Doors,” a heartfelt elegy for his father, Everett John Sweeney.  “Little Million Doors” conveys the profundity of loss through strikingly sparse pages. Read the complete article at “Southern California poets find eager audiences at Claremont readings.”

Documentary co-produced by CSUSB professor brings both sides of Israeli-Palestinian conflict to streetCanada.comMay 18, 2019 Groups on opposing sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict took to Winnipeg streets as dueling demonstrations took place over the screening of a documentary, co-produced by a CSUSB professor, on Saturday afternoon. After rallying at Winnipeg City Hall, a group of about two dozen pro-Israel supporters under the banner of Stand Up for Israel marched to the Winnipeg Cinematheque where the documentary  “1948: Creation and Catastrophe“ was being shown. The documentary – on the founding of the state of Israel and its impact on Palestinian people who were displaced – was hosted by Independent Jewish Voices and sponsored by a number of Winnipeg social justice groups. The viewing is intended to mark Nakba Day or “Day of the Catastrophe”, a day of commemoration for Palestinians of the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. Read the complete article at “Dueling demonstrations: Doc brings both sides of Israeli-Palestinian conflict to streets.”

Writer cites documentary co-produced by CSUSB professor for opinion column on Al-Nakbah – The CatastropheFosters Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.)May 19, 2019 The documentary, “1948: Creation & Catastrophe,” co-produced by Ahlam Muhtaseb, a CSUSB professor of communication studies, was mentioned in a column about Al-Nakbah – The Catastrophe – an event annually commemorated by Palestinians on May 15. “It marks the time when, primarily between December 1947 to January 1949, more than 750,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes and where between 400 to 600 Palestinian villages were occupied and either destroyed or depopulated by Israeli forces,” wrote Robert Azzi, a photographer and writer, in an opinion piece. “That this catastrophe occurred is an incontrovertible fact, affirmed by Israeli historians like Benny Morris, Tom Segev and Ilan Pappe, and was recently documented in the movie ‘1948: Creation & Catastrophe’ ( through the words of those, Israeli and Palestinian, who lived through it.” Read the complete article at “Al-Nakbah: Humbled by truth, here and everywhere.”

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