Writer Sayed Kashua to Speak on “Balancing Humor and Stereotypes,” Oct. 27

Sayed Kashua, writer and creator of the hit Israeli television program “Arab Labor,” will present a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, October 27, in Ferris Lounge in Seymour Union. His talk, “Balancing Humor and Stereotypes: Why Jewish Israelis Fell in Love with a Sitcom about Arabs,” is free and open to the public.

Kashua’s show, “Arab Labor,” looks at life from the viewpoint of an Arab living in Israel, and the program has been compared to “All in the Family,” the groundbreaking U.S. comedy from the 1970s. “Arab Labor” pokes fun at both Arab and Jewish intolerance of “the other.” It won the award for Best Television Series at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

The author of several award-winning novels, Kashua won the 2004 Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature. He won the 2011 Bernstein Prize for his novel “Second Person Singular.” His other books include “Dancing Arabs” and “Let It Be Morning.”

Kashua also is the subject of the documentary, “Forever Scared.”

His appearance at Knox is sponsored by the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies, the Knight Religious Studies Fund, and the Cultural Events Committee.