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An American Feminist in the Arab World, First Tie Your Camel

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Park Day School
Location Details:
Park Day School Magnolia Building, Great Room
360 42nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609

Book Reading with Author/Activist CHIVVIS MOORE & her memoir:

First Tie Your Camel, Then Trust in God:
An American Feminist in the Arab World

Tuesday, September 27, 7pm
360 42nd Street, Oakland


What begins as a trip to meet Hassan Fathy - Egyptian author of the influential Architecture for the Poor - becomes a 16-year odyssey, one that stretches from working in a master carpenter's shop in Egypt to teaching English in Palestine. Offering a portrait of a land and a people not found in headlines or sound bytes, Chivvis' book humanizes the misunderstandings and tragedies that arise when we fail to appreciate the humanity at the core of us all.

"I have been reading your beautiful, sad, and deeply moving story. This is an important memoir that...evokes tears and laughter, with a great sense of compassion and empathy."
-Alan Rinzler, former editor, Simon & Schuster

"I cried all the way through it. The tone, the genuine and honest description of reactions and feelings about the experiences, enabled me to truly understand for the first time why, as a Palestinian living in the West Bank, I always feel so upset and physically ill."
- Muna Giacaman, Bir Zeit University, West Bank

"Chivvis takes us on a journey that is fascinating, eye-opening, and ultimately heart-breaking - initially working in a 1970's community in Cairo to life in occupied Palestine, before and after the 2nd intifada...She leads from the heart, earning hard-won respect from Palestinian neighbors, students, colleagues. Honest, unassuming and vulnerable, she asks the hard questions."
- Penny Rosenwasser, author, Hope into Practice, Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears

Chivvis Moore lived 16 years in the Arab world, including 11 years in the West Bank. She has earned her living as a journalist, carpenter/general building contractor, editor and teacher.

Wheelchair accessible

Added to the calendar on Tue, Sep 6, 2016 10:10AM
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