Sunday, October 21st, 7:00 PM
Inside the Author’s Studio with Adam Valen Levinson
The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah – Fear and Love in the Modern Middle East
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With a restless curiosity to “learn about the world 9/11 made us fear,” multimedia backpack journalist and travel writer Adam Valen Levinson sets out to explore predominantly Muslim lands in his book, The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah.
From a safe base in Abu Dhabi, he takes risky adventures such as eating lunch in the Taliban territory of Afghanistan, and cliff-diving in Oman. As he crosses borders, Valen Levinson expresses with humor and humanity that common ground among all people can be found anywhere.
While politicians and media eagerly stroke the flames of Islamophobia, Valen Levinson crosses borders with abundant humor and humanity. Seeking common ground everywhere, he finds that people who pray differently often laugh the same. And as a young man bar mitzvahed at twenty-one (instead of the usual thirteen), he slowly learns how childish it is to live by decisions and distinctions born of fear.
Adam Valen Levinson is an affiliate of the Middle East Institute, and a Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University, where he studies senses of humor as a key to cross cultural understanding. His first book, The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah was called “Eat, Pray, Laugh” by The New York Times, and his second book is a secret.
Part of the UJCVP Partnership with the national organization Jewish Book Council.