Edward Said Minority Lounge is located in North Quadrangle.
Edward Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935 during the British Mandate of Palestine, and grew up between Cairo and Jerusalem. Said’s family was profoundly affected by conflicts in the region, beginning with the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, and Said was sent to the United States. He attended Princeton and later earned a PhD from Harvard. In 1983, he accepted a teaching position at Columbia University, which became his academic home, where he taught for more than 40 years. Said went on to hold the position of University Professor (the highest-ranked academic job at Columbia), and received many other academic honors, including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Michigan (1998). His best-known book, “Orientalism” (1978), had a tremendous influence in literary studies, the social sciences, and postcolonial studies. Said passed away in 2003 after a twelve-year battle with leukemia.
The Edward Said Lounge, dedicated in 2015, celebrates his contributions to humanities and to Arab American culture. It contains a poem dedicated to Said and written in Arabic by Mahmoud Darwish, Palestine’s poet laureate and Said’s friend. In addition, photographs of the Arab States line the perimeter of the room.