How does the world appear to a North African novelist living, writing and teaching in post 9/11 France?  What do his stories tell us about the world and 21st century civilization looking at it from the perspective of a Muslim émigré?

The Speakers

Kebir AmmiMoroccan-Algerian Novelist
Kebir-Mustapha Ammi is a novelist born in Fez of a Moroccan mother and Algerian father. Ammi immigrated to France over thirty years ago to continue his studies where he received advanced degrees in the sociology of literature, political sociology, and Arabic language and civilization. He was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of New Mexico (2010-11) and is a keynote speaker at the university’s Culture in Exile Conference (October 23-25, 2013).
Ammi’s novels are published in French by Gallimard (Paris), his characters, their lives and their tales transcend national, linguistic and cultural borders in their search of “le monde en partage,” a shared world, irrespective of geographic location or century.


St. John’s College, Junior Commons Room. On Monday, October 28, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

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