Remembering what Said said: The Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture
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Most students of the Humanities or Social Sciences will be familiar with Edward Said in some manner, whether it is his theories, his political views, or even just his name that they have encountered. A dominant figure in numerous academic circles, widely renowned for his book Orientalism, Said died in 2003. In order to honour such a scholar, the University of Warwick holds an annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture, given by various guest speakers. The 3rd of March saw the seventh of these lectures. This year’s lecture, organised by the Department of English and Comparative Literature, was given by the acclaimed Palestinian poet and essayist Mourid Barghouti, author of the critically acclaimed I Saw Ramallah. The event was held in the Arts Centre Conference Room where a good number of people, consisting of members of the public and the university alike, turned up to listen to Barghouti’s lecture. Said’s theories on Western attitudes to, and representations of, the East are arguably still as important now as they were when Orientalism was published in 1978. The existence, therefore, of this lecture series, and the interest that it arouses, is a fitting testament and one that the University will hopefully continue on into the future.