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Diya Abdo


Reimagining the University in a Time of Crisis – Every Campus a Refuge Campaign

[Image taken by Kat Miller, Guilford student]

The refugee crisis is a perpetual crisis. As long as there has been conflict, there have been refugees. I myself am the child of refugees, their first, born in a country right across the river from the one they fled. We were lucky; my family escaped the drudgeries of the refugee camps to live a life of tenuous citizenry in the “alternate homeland.”  Others around the world are not so lucky.  Many are settled where they initially arrive, their tents simply morphing ...

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The Art of Posing

[Still image from Francis Alÿs’ “The Green Line: Sometimes Doing Something Poetic Can Become Political and Sometimes Doing Something Political Can Become Poetic”]

Zones of Contention: After The Green Line. 8 February – 3 May 2015. The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In March 2015, I delivered an invited “Point of View Talk” at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum on Zones of Contention: After the Green Line, an exhibit of works by Palestinian and Israeli artists, including a piece by Belgian Francis Alÿs, from which the ...

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Diya Abdo


Diya Abdo is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a first-generation Palestinian born and raised in Jordan. She enjoys teaching and writing creatively, publically and academically about Arab women writers, Arab and Islamic Feminisms and the intersections of gender, political identity and vocation.  Her academic essays have appeared in Journal of Lesbian Studies, Life Writing, Pacific Coast Philology, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Image and Narrative, among others, as well as in anthologies and collections. Her creative writing has appeared in Storm Cellar and 27 Views of Greensboro and is forthcoming in J Journal: New Writings on Justice. Her piece "Bad Girl" received the Honorable Mention Award for Creative Non-Fiction in the Center for Women Writers’ 2015 International Literary Awards. Her public essays have appeared in The Feminist Wire, The Electronic Intifada, and Jadaliyya. Please join the Every Campus A Refuge Campaign and spread the word to mobilize campuses across the globe.