Panel 3 of 2017 Palestine Center Annual Conference

This panel features remarks by Ambassador Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Dr. Lawrence Davidson, and Dr. Sara Roy who respectively share their thoughts on the status of Jerusalem, the effectiveness of BDS, and the current situation in Gaza.


Panel 2 of 2017 Palestine Center Annual Conference

In this panel, speakers Dr. Virginia Tilley, Khaled Elgindy, and Sam Husseini discuss the intertwined topics of US foreign policy and the continuing problem of representation and media bias when it comes to the Palestinian issue.

Jerusalem: Communities Leading Change

Fayrouz Sharqawi,  Advocacy Director at Grassroots International, discusses the recent movement for Al Aqsa and the necessity of organizations like Grassroots Jerusalem to build a cohesive political platform through which Jerusalemites can voice their demands and bring attention to the indigenous and independent Palestinian economy outside of the international aid and NGO system.

2017 Edward Said Memorial Lecture: “Literature, Empathy, and Rights”

Professor David Palumbo-Liu discusses how our commitments to empathy and ethics can only be met if we acknowledge the ways the realities of Palestine have been obscured and distorted. He examines three key concerns related to human rights that Said addressed via his study of literature and suggests a vision of comparative literature that might conjoin with the model of literary studies Edward Said embodied, at the center of which was the issue of rights.

“An Unlikely Audience: Al Jazeera’s Struggle in America”

Mining data from over 50 interviews since 2010, internal documents, and original surveys, this book offers a brisk and authoritative account of the world’s most recognizable media-brand and its decade-long ingress into the US – crucial background for Al Jazeera’s continued expansion in the United States.

“In Search of a Prophet – Kahlil Gibran: An Unparalleled Guide for Our Times”

Paul-Gordon Chandler takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the all-embracing spirituality of Kahlil Gibran, the early 20th century Lebanese-American poet artist and mystic, author of the bestselling book The Prophet. He explores how Kahlil Gibran, a supreme East-West figure, can be a much-needed guide for our time, related to peace, harmony and building bridges between the creeds of the Middle East and West.

“Colored Water: Dixie Through Egyptian Eyes”

This memoir offers uncommon and thought provoking cross-cultural observations on segregation, the “American Dream”, race, identity, science, sexuality, love, academia, religion, tradition, personal freedom, social status, and class from the perspective of Dr. Ashraf El-Bayoumi, who was living in America for the first time in 1950s, pursuing his post-graduate studies in chemistry in Florida.