King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies

Poet Peter Twal's debut collection, Our Earliest Tattoos, tackles memory and contemporary life with wit, humor and sentimental flair. The poems draw inspiration from lyrics of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends," which Twal first heard in 2012 and felt an immediate connection to. Throughout the book, he treats the song as an artifact and uses its lyrics to punctuate moments in the lives of his narrators.  

COURTESY / LISA ANDERSON

The Middle East is a complicated region that has relationships and conflicts dating back centuries. Late last month, Lisa Anderson, special lecturer and James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations Emerita at the Columbia University School of Public Affairs, delivered a talk on the University of Arkansas campus titled "The State and its Competitors in the Arab World." The event was sponsored by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and the Department of Political Science at the U of A.