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Fast Times in Palestine: Humor, Beauty, Love, and Terror Under Occupation

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October 4, 2016
8:00 pm

Room: Events Hall

Free admission
Leila Aruri

Pamela Olson felt like she fell through the looking glass the first time she stumbled into occupied Palestine on a post-college backpacking trip. Everything was so vastly different from what she expected, a part of her wondered if she was going crazy. Planning to visit for a week, she stayed for more than two years volunteering, working as a journalist, and serving as the foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi when he ran for president of the Palestinian Authority.

Her award-winning memoir focuses not only on violence and politics but also on the daily rounds of house parties, concerts, barbecues, weddings, jokes, harvests, and romantic drama that happen in between. Funny, gorgeous, shocking, and galvanizing, Fast Times in Palestine challenges the way we think not only about the Middle East but about human nature and our place in the world. Her talk combines photographs, stories, statistics, and readings to offer a penetrating glimpse into Palestinian life, culture, and politics. Q&A and book signing will follow.

Pamela Olson grew up in small-town Oklahoma and studied physics and political science at Stanford University. She lived in Ramallah for two years, during which she served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and as foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi's 2005 presidential campaign. Following the publication of Fast Times in Palestine, Pamela has done over 150 book events in twenty states and nine countries. Her website is

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