Syrian writer to speak at Davidson

Award-winning Syrian novelist and screenwriter, Khaled Khalifa, will discuss the role of art and culture during the Syria uprising at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Davidson College, Tyler-Tallman Hall in the Sloan Music Center, 323 Concord Road.

Khalifa was born in 1964 and grew up in Aleppo, Syria. Much of his work is set in this conflicted area of the world. He is the author of “In Praise of Hatred,” which was a finalist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

Khalifa has continued to live and work in Syria despite the violence and conflict. His books are still banned by the Syrian government for political content.

The event is free and presented by the Dean Rusk International Studies Program and the Middle East and North African Students Association. Courtney McLaughlin