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Jeffrey Sacks


An Open Letter to Kwame Anthony Appiah, President of the Modern Language Association

[Summer art class in an UNRWA school. Image by Kristian Buus.]

The Modern Language Association (MLA) will be voting on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions at its upcoming convention, to be held 5-8 January 2017 in Philadelphia. The vote represents the culmination of a three-year process that began in 2014. The organizers describe the process in the following way: In Fall 2014, David Lloyd and Rebecca Comay submitted to the Organizing Committee of the Delegate Assembly a resolution and supporting ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jeffrey Sacks, Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish

[Cover of Jeffrey Sacks,

Jeffrey Sacks, Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jeffrey Sacks (JS): It’s difficult to talk about beginnings, and so I’m glad you’ve asked about an imperative: What made me write this book? There’s a sentence in one of Mahmoud Darwish’s books, In the Presence of Absence (2006), which reads: “With one massacre, or with two, the name of the ...

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The Irvine 11, the Police, and the Autonomy of the University

[The Irvine 11. Image from]

The recent conviction of ten University of California students of two misdemeanor counts of disrupting and conspiring to disrupt a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on 8 February 2010, points to the stifling of free speech and academic work and inquiry in the university. Three of the Irvine 11 are students at the University of California, Riverside, and two of these UCR students have been my own: Taher Herzallah and Shaheen Nassar. Both were studious, ...

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Jeffrey Sacks


Jeffrey SacksHe is the author of Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015), which was awarded the Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, and he has translated a volume of poetry by Mahmoud Darwish, Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone? (New York: Archipelago, 2006). He is presently writing a book about the history of the word “simplicity,” entitled Simplicities: A Colonial Archive.