The Politics of Home in "Internment," with Samira Ahmed

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Samira Ahmed

In our discussion with Samira Ahmed, we will attempt to answer: Who is allowed to call the United States “home”? In what ways does social agency determine “belonging”?
Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Committee on Southern Asian Studies
If you are interested in COSAS purchasing a copy of the book for you before the event, please reach out to Lauren Doan ( with your name and mailing address.
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About the book: Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp's Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.
About the author: Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Internment; Love, Hate & Other Filters; and Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. She was born in Bombay, India, and has lived in New York, Chicago, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. She currently resides in the Midwest. Find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm.
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