Edward Said - (Jerusalén, 1935 - Nueva York, 2003)
In our work and planning and discussions our main principle is that separation between peoples is not a solution for any of the problems that divide peoples. And certainly ignorance of the other provides no help whatever. Cooperation and co-existence of the kind that music lived as we have lived, performed, shared and loved it together, might be. I, for one, am full of optimism despite the darkening sky and the seemingly hopeless situation for the time being that encloses us all.
Edward W. Said was born in 1935 in Jerusalem. He was raised in Cairo, and studied in the United States at Princeton and Harvard. In 1963, Edward W. Said began his teaching career at Columbia University in New York, where he held the preeminent position of University Professor of English and Comparative Literature until his death in 2003.
He wrote more than 20 books, which have been translated into 30 languages. His ground-breaking work Orientalism opened up new horizons in the study of post-colonialism. Edward W. Said was active in the editorial committees of numerous magazines and journals and lectured at more than 200 universities in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. A gifted pianist, he also was the music critic for The Nation for many years. In the political sphere, Edward W. Said was a major voice on the situation in Palestine and an unflinching proponent of justice and self-determination for all.
Edward W. Said was the president of the Modern Language Association as well as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature, the American Philosophical Society, and Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He also was a member of the executive board of PEN International until 1998.
His widow, Mariam Said, has continued spreading Edward Said’s legacy. She is the Honorary President of the Foundation since it was established.