The Department of English is organizing the below talks by Dr. Islam Issa (Birmingham City University).
Public Lecture: on Tuesday, September 12, at College Hall. Auditorium B1, 5:30-7:00pm
Title: John Milton in the Arab-Muslim World: Research and Reception
Description: Islam Issa presents the rationale and implications of his new book, Milton in the Arab-Muslim World (Routledge, 2017). Bringing to a scholarly and general public this study of the global readership and reception of the works of John Milton (preeminently Paradise Lost) was not without its own roadbumps and controversies, which will also be discussed.
Public Seminar on Friday, September 15, at West Hall, Auditorium C, 1:00-2:30pm
Title: Taking Ownership: Shakespeare and Arab Popular Culture
Description: Shakespeare has a vibrant presence in Arab popular culture, from influential political speeches to urban music. Why is this the case with Shakespeare and what questions does it raise about the ownership of his works?
Bio: Dr. Islam Issa is an award-winning author and curator. He is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University. His book, Milton in the Arab-Muslim World, won the Milton Society of America's Outstanding First Book award and his exhibition, Stories of Sacrifice, won the Muslim News Awards Community Relations prize. Islam has an extensive media and public presence, having appeared on TV and radio around 100 times on over 40 different stations worldwide. He has lectured internationally, including a TEDx talk and speeches on behalf of the British Foreign Office. In 2017, he was selected as a BBC New Generation Thinker for Radio 3 and BBC Four, making him one of "the ten academics whose research will be made into radio and television programmes for the BBC."