Noor Wazwaz, producer for NPR’s Morning Edition, speaks on the challenges of being a journalist and reporting on Palestine and touches upon the media bias when it comes to the dominant narrative in US and international media today.
Omar Baddar delivers the Keynote Lecture in the series and provides a rough overview of the issue of media representation. He details his work in combating the misrepresentation of the Palestinians in the media and why this struggle is so important now.
Dr. Qumsiyeh argues that movements towards uniformity such as Zionism have threatened the crucial diversity found in the landscape. This applies both to social diversity and also to biodiversity. Restoring our social and natural ecosystems to balance requires challenging ideas of dominance and hegemony, which Dr. Qumsiyeh discusses as a Palestinian Christian, a biologist, and a human rights activist.
Professor Shibley Telhami articulates the path that the 1967 war set for the Palestinians and why it has been enormously challenging for them to overcome even after 50 years of occupation. The lecture ties the current state of affairs to the diplomatic efforts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict proposed by the Trump administration.
This fascinating memoir begins with vignettes about the displacement of Ameri’s family during the 1948 Nakba and their enforced migration from west Jerusalem, to Damascus, to east Jerusalem, to finally settling in Amman. The later stories focus on her gradual coming of age in the 1950s and 1960s during the era of Arab nationalism and international solidarity that take her from Amman to Cairo and then Beirut.
Protection Amid Chaos follows people as they develop binding claims on assets and resources in challenging political and economic spaces. Focusing on Palestinians living in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan, it shows how the first to arrive developed flexible though legitimate property rights claims based on legal knowledge retained from their homeland, subsequently adapted to the restrictions of refugee life.
In conjunction and co-sponsorship with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Omar Barghouti reflects on the growing successes of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, which he helped to found. He also addresses future challenges most saliently presented by growing repression campaigns against this movement on the state, campus, and individual level.
This panel conversation exploring the power of the arts to foster understanding and build empathy was held in coordination with the Gallery Al-Quds exhibition THEY HAVE NAMES and the Goethe Institute’s exhibition FORTY OUT OF ONE MILLION. Panelists included Rashwan Abdelbaki, Syrian visual artist, awarded a 2016 IIE – Artist Protection Fund Fellowship, Elif M. Gokcigdem, Historian of Islamic Art , scholar and editor, Fostering Empathy Through Museums (Rowman-2016), Dagmar Painter (moderator), Curator, The Jerusalem Fund-Gallery Al-Qud, Daniel Sonnentag, Berlin-based photographer and videographer, Kai Wiedenhöfer, Berlin-based photographer, and Helen Zughaib, Washington, D.C.-based visual artist.