February 28, 2013

This Saturday at 2:00 PM the “Book of Khaled” authored by Ameen Rihani

WHAT: A lecture given about the Book of Khalid written in 1911 by Ameen Rihani. This book is the first Lebanese American novel published in the USA.
WHERE: San Francisco Towers 1661 Pine St. (at Van Ness) San Francisco, CA.
WHEN: This Saturday March 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM
WHO: Given by Todd Fine, Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University in International Relations .
SPONSORED BY: The Lebanese American University (LAU) Alumni Chapter of Northern California
Note: This event is free for the public. Reception to follow. For more information, please see attachment.
This is a very important cultural event that took lots of preparation and time. It will be great to see all of you there. The more you know about your culture, the happier you will be about your identity.
The Book of Khaled

Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 2:00 PM

Reception to follow
San Francisco Towers
1661 Pine St. (at Van Ness), San Francisco, CA
Please RSVP No Later than February 25, 2013 to:
Samira Baroody, baroodys@aol.com, (415) 271-0561
Rima Makdisi, rimamakdisi@gmail.com, (925) 376-2748

The Book of Khalid, written in 1911, is the first Lebanese-
American novel published in the USA. The story of two boys
who immigrate to New York City from Baalbek, the book
chronicles their positive and negative experiences in this
new world and, on an autobiographical level, reflects issues
that Rihani himself experienced as he adapted to life in New
York City. These same issues are relevant today: social and
political relationships between Americans and Arabs; issues
of religious conflict in the USA, the Arab World and beyond;
and the unique situation faced by Lebanese and other Middle
Eastern immigrants in America. Todd Fine will discuss these
concepts in relation to this historic and important book and
will present the case for its relevance to our current place in
American society and beyond.
Todd Fine is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard
University and holds a Master’s Degree in International
Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public
Affairs at Syracuse University. He is the editor of a new critical
edition of The Book of Khalid under advance contract with
Syracuse University Press and the author of the afterword for a
paperback edition with Melville House Publishing.
At Harvard, Mr. Fine worked for Samuel P. Huntington as a
research assistant for two years on his book on American
identity and immigration, entitled Who Are We? (Simon and
Schuster, 2004)
Mr. Fine is also in charge of the “Save Washington Street”
project in New York City’s lower Manhattan area, center of the
“Little Syria” neighborhood in the early 20th Century.
Authored by Ameen Rihani over 100 years ago
A special lecture/presentation by Todd Fine, Director of Project Khalid

Sponsored by the
Lebanese American University (LAU) Alumni Chapter of Northern California
www.lau.edu.lb www.projectkhalid.org