The Immigrant in the War on Terror

WED, APR 6, 2011 (1:12:04)

Author and journalist Amitava Kumar probes questions raised by the impact of the war on terror on immigrants going about their daily lives. In his book, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, Kumar looks at the role entrapment has played both on the part of recruitment for terrorist organizations and on the part of the U.S. military, and he examines how the distance can be measured between dominant images of terrorists and the 'displaced provincials' who become involved on the front lines of terrorist organizations.

Part of the Institute for the Liberal Arts' 2010-2012 Race and Culture After 9/11 Lecture Series and Symposium.

Kumar mentions the artist Hasan Elahi in his talk. You can learn more about the artist and how he responded to being placed on the FBI's watch list in his Ted talk.

+ BIO: Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar is an Indian writer and journalist who is Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair at Vassar College.

Kumar is the author of Husband of a Fanatic (2005), Bombay-London-New York (2002), Passport Photos (2000), the book of poems No Tears for the N.R.I. (1996), the novel Home Products (2007) and Nobody Does the Right Thing (2009).

Kumar's prize-winning book is A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb: A Writer’s Report on the Global War on Terror (2010). The New York Times called it a "perceptive and soulful – if at times academic – meditation on the global war on terror and its cultural and human repercussions." It was also awarded the Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year in the Asian American Literary Awards.

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