Author Speaks to Students About How It Feels to ‘be a Problem’

A lecture by author Moustafa Bayoumi, entitled “How Does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young, Arab, and Muslim in America Ten Years After 9/11,” was held Nov. 17 in The University of Scranton’s Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall.  The professor of English at Brooklyn College CUNY discussed his book, “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America,” which focuses on the experiences of young Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans in post-Sept. 11 America.

The title of Bayoumi’s book comes from a quote in W.E.B. DuBois’ “The Souls of Black Folk.” Bayoumi said he was reminded of this quote in the moments following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

To read the full article, available on, click here. (The article was written by Elizabeth Klassner '12, a student correspondent.)