Full Time Lecturer, Arabic Program
Stanford Language Center
Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.
Office Hours:MTWTh from 12:15-1pm and by appt
Ramzi M. Salti was born in 1966 in Lebanon. French educated in Beirut, he completed his high school education in Jordan where he graduated by earning his British G.C.E. (General Certificate of Education) and Tawjihi degrees. In 1983, he moved to the United States where he earned his B.A. in French and English (1988). He went to earn his M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1997) in Comparative Literature (Arabic, French, English) at the University of California at Riverside.
Dr. Salti has been a full-time Lecturer in Arabic at Stanford University since 1998. He also authors his own blog 'Arabology: Cultural Productions from/about the Arab World' at http://author32.blogspot.com and hosts a weekly radio program titled 'Arabology' airing on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM. Previous podcasts are available at www.radio4all.net/index.php/series/Arabology.
Dr. Salti's collection of short stories, titled "The Native Informant & Other Stories: Six Tales of Defiance from the Arab World," was published in 1994 and received much acclaim in such periodicals as "World Literature Today," "The Digest of Middle East Studies," "Tat Tarbut," and "The LA Village View". It was also critically analyzed by Dr. Chris Wise in Ethnicity and the American Short Story (Ed. Julie Brown) in 1997 and spotlighted in a chapter in Wail S. Hassan's Immigrant Narratives: Orientalism and Cultural Translation in Arab American and Arab British Literature (Oxford University Press, 2011).
The Native Informant & Other Stories is a collection of six short stories dealing with "unmentionable" aspects of Arab life in parts of the Arab world and in the West. Inspired by such modern writers as Alifa Rifaat, Nawal al-Sa'dawi, and Youssef Idris--authors who have, despite immeasurable odds, managed to emphasize subjects ranging from feminism to homosexuality in their works--these short stories attempt to further engage various social and political issues that remain, for the most part, largely ignored or silenced in modern Arabic literature.
Most of the stories in The Native Informant operate on a dual level by addressing not only issues related to women, homosexuals, and victims of violence in southwest Asia, but also by examining the seemingly conflicting relationship between notions of Arabness, Islam, and the West. The collection thus aims at highlighting the plight of the marginalized groups in Arab countries by broaching various issues on the social spectrum, ranging from religious intolerance, to the subjugation of women, to homophobia, to domestic violence, to Western and Eastern concepts of terrorism and neo/post coloniality, to the ethnic experience of being an Arab in the United States at a time when the media seems to be promulgating the negative stereotype of the Arab.
The author has published numerous essays and articles in such journals as "The International Fiction Review," "The Journal of Arabic Literature" and "Notes on Contemporary Literature;" he has also been a regular reviewer of Arabic literature for "World Literature Today" since the early nineties. His Doctoral thesis, which surveys the (mis)representations of marginalized sexualities in Arabic Literature, has also been published in segments in several journals.
Dr. Salti has taught a wide array of courses in Arabic Language and Literature at such institutions as Santa Clara University and U.C. Riverside and has worked, since 1997, as a full time Lecturer in Arabic at Stanford University where he has organized and participated in numerous symposia, events and talks that center on Arab-American literature, Postcolonial theory, Arabic Pop Culture, and the use of technology in language acquisition courses. He is also a fully Certified ACTFL Certified Oral and Written Proficiency Tester of Arabic by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Salti has also amassed several prestigious awards during his years at Stanford, including the Stanford Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching (2004-5), the Association of Students of Stanford University's Honorable Mention for the Teacher of the Year Award (2009) and the Knight Favorite Professor Award by the John S. Knight Fellowships Program for Professional Journalists, Class of 2005, 2009, and 2013.
In addition to his academic writings, Salti has also worked as an Entertainment writer for various magazines and has published dozens of articles about the music and film industry in such periodicals as "The Los Angeles Times," "The West Hollywood Weekly," "4-Front Magazine;" he has also published several in depth articles about Olivia Newton-John, including a lengthy, critically acclaimed biography and complete discography of Newton-John in "DISCoveries" magazine (1995); he has also interviewed several celebrities including Debbie Harry, Marlee Matlin, Mashrou' Leila, Tania Kassis, Tania Saleh and many others.
Salti currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area where he devotes his time to writing, blogging, radio broadcasting and teaching at Stanford University.
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