The NYUAD Literature and Creative Writing Program and its members host a variety of events each year, including lectures, movie screenings, workshops and discussions. Often in collaboration with other departments, the events aim in involve the NYUAD community, and when possible, reach out to a wider Abu Dhabi community.

Academic Year 2019-2020 Events

  • March 16, 2020

    Karen Karbiener (NYU): "Live Oak, with Moss: Walt Whitman’s Secret Love Poems and the Beginnings of America’s LGBT Movement"

    Feb 25 to Feb 27, 2020

    Hay Festival Events at NYUAD

    Kapka Kassabova | February 26

    The Bulgarian writer discusses her universally acclaimed and multi-award-winning Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe and her new book To The Lake: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace. The vast lakes Ohrid and Prespa are joined by underground rivers. Two lakes that seem to hold both the turbulent memories of the region's past, and the secret of its enduring allure. Two lakes that have played a central role in Kassabova's maternal family.


    Hallie Rubenhold | February 27

    The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper is a stunning history that has swept up awards this year. Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women. Now, in her devastating narrative of five lives, historian Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.


    Bernardine Evaristo | February 27

    British author Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize 2019 with her eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other, a fusion fiction novel. Her writing centers on her interest in the African diaspora. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. She’s won several awards and honors and was appointed an MBE in 2009. 

    February 26, 2020

    Frank Fehrenbach (University of Hamburg): "Leonardo da Vinci’s Natural Theory of Images" (co-sponsored with Art and Art History, History)

    February 18, 2020

    Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYUAD
    NYUAD Institute Lecture: “A Conversation with Wole Soyinka"


    February 16, 2020

    Movie Screening: Dialogue

    February 19, 2020

    Masterclass: TBD

    February 17, 2020

    Panel Discussion: Dialogues on Africa


    February 5, 2020

    Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Michigan State University): Generous Thinking: Argumentation and Collaboration 
    (NYUAD Institute)