On-Campus Events

“The Politics of Home in ‘Internment,’ with Author Samira Ahmed

Tuesday, February 15, 4:30 pm CST

In our discussion with Samira Ahmed, we will attempt to answer: Who is allowed to call the United States “home”? In what ways does social agency determine “belonging”? Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp's Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today. If you are interested in COSAS purchasing a copy of the book for you before the event, please reach out to Lauren Doan (lgdoan@uchicago.edu) with your name and mailing address. Register here: https://uchicago.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkceGqrzMjEtTUELXakmWgoZ_ncRD_Wiwk

Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, The Program in Creative Writing, Spiritual Life, and the Seminary Co-op.