Journalist Alia Malek Presents “The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria”

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Syrian-American
Alia Malek will speak at Harford Community College about her experiences
working as a journalist in Syria during the early years of the Civil War. She
will appear on March 5, 12:30-1:30 PM, in Edgewood Hall, Room 132. Malek’s
book, The Home That Was Our Country: A
Memoir of Syria
, will be available for purchase, and a book signing will
follow the presentation.

Her
reportage has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, NewYorker.com,
The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, Jadaliyya, McSweeney’s, Guernica and other publications. She currently directs
the International Reporting Concentration at the Newmark School for Journalism
at CUNY.

Born
in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, she began her legal career as a trial
attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. After
working in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank, Malek, who
holds degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities, earned a master’s
degree in journalism from Columbia University.

In
April 2011, she moved to Damascus, Syria and wrote anonymously for several
outlets from inside the country as it began to disintegrate. Her reporting from
Syria earned her the Marie Colvin Award in November 2013.

She
returned to the U.S. in May 2013 for the launch of Al Jazeera America, where she was Senior Writer until October 2015.
After her departure, she was a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation
Institute and in residence at the MacDowell Colony.

In
November 2016, she was honored with the 12th annual Hiett Prize in the
Humanities. The New York Foundation for the Arts named her a fellow in
Nonfiction Literature in the summer of 2017.

She
is the author of A Country Called
Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives
and editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11
Injustices
.  With collaborators the
Magnum Foundation and Al Liquidoi, Alia edited and co-conceived EUROPA أوروپا  : An
Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees
.

The
program is presented by Harford Community College’s Cultural Diversity
Committee as part of its Country of Focus program, which highlights a different
country, its culture, history, and politics, each academic year.

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