The Arabic Program, in the department of Asian Studies will invite Hoda el-Shakry to deliver a talk titled "Exorcizing Islam and the Nation in Abdelwahab Meddeb's Talismano," and to deliver a guest lecture in Professor Zeina Halabi's seminar "Dissident Voices in Arab Cultures" (Arab 443). Hoda el-Shakry is an Assistant Professor of Comparative, Arabic and African Literatures at Pennsylvania State University. Her scholarship traverses the fields of modern Arabic and Francophone North African literature, Mediterranean studies, Islam and secular criticism, postcolonial studies and narrative theory. Her current book project explores literary engagements with the Qur'an and Islamic Thought in twentieth century Arabophone and Francophone fiction of the Maghreb. Her publications include: "Apocalyptic Pasts, Orwellian Future's: Elle Flanders' Zero Degrees of Separation " in GLQ (2010) and "Revolutionary Eschatology: Islam and the End of Time in al-Tahir Wattar's al-Zilzal " in the Journal of Arabic Literature (2011). She has a forthcoming piece on Arabic literary pedagogy and the Maghreb, entitled: "Lessons from the Maghreb."