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.
In honor of the legacy of Dr. Hisham Sharabi, Dr. Edmund Ghareeb discusses the contributions of early Arab-American “men of letters” of the Mahjar press, whose writings shed light on the perceptions and positions held within these communities on the issues of Palestine and Arab nationalism.
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.
Presented by director and producer Dorit Naaman, Jerusalem, We Are Here is an interactive documentary that digitally brings Palestinians back into the Jerusalem neighborhoods from which they were expelled in 1948. Focusing primarily on the neighborhood of Katamon, Palestinian participants probed their families’ past and engaged with the painful present.
In this tribute speakers, Dr. Judith Tucker ( Professor of History, Georgetown University), Dr. Edmund Ghareeb (Senior Scholar, Palestine Center), and Dr. Beshara Doumani (Professor of History, Brown University) reflect on the intellectual contributions of Dr. Halim Barakat, retired Research Professor of Society and Culture at The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies of Georgetown University.
Maria LaHood of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Dr. Stephen Sheehi of the College of William and Mary (and a Delegate in the MLA Assembly) discuss recent challenges facing the Boycott Sanctions and Divestment movement in the United States with the introduction of anti-BDS measures which which seek to chill and penalize Palestinian rights advocacy