“The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine”

Ben Ehrenreich discusses and shares passages from his recent book, The Way to the Spring, which chronicles what he witnessed and experienced while living in the West Bank from 2011 to 2015. During that time, he lived in different cities of the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families, and writing major stories for American outlets including a cover story for The New York Times Magazine. He was also gathering material for this book, which places readers in the footsteps of Palestinians.

Living in Limbo: East Jerusalem’s Neighborhoods Behind the Separation Barrier

Moien Odeh discusses the East Jerusalem neighborhoods behind the separation barrier where approximately 120,000 Palestinians reside. In these neighborhoods, the Palestinian Authority is not allowed to work because they are part of “Jerusalem”. Although located within the Jerusalem municipal boundaries, these neighborhoods receive almost no service from the Israeli Authorities, resulting in living conditions that would be unacceptable anywhere else.

2016 Palestine Center Annual Conference – Panel 2

In this panel we look at the conditions of Israel’s hegemony to consider future prospects. Panelists analyze the continuing reality of Israeli military occupation and incursions into Gaza, illegal settlements, intensified domination of Jerusalem, and detentions of Palestinian children. Panelists include Dr. Thomas Abowd, Brad Parker, and Dr. Abdelhamid Siyam.

2016 Palestine Center Annual Conference – Panel 1

In this panel we look back at salient developments in the Middle East over the past century, from Sykes-Picot to the “Arab Spring and BDS, to see the deep impact they have had on Palestinian national aspirations. Panelists include Dr. Jenab Tutunji, Phyllis Bennis, Dima Khalidi, and Rami Khouri.

Palestine in Focus: A Freedom Theatre Multimedia Show

Members of the multimedia program at The Freedom Theatre of Jenin discuss the role of creative work as a means of resisting the Israeli occupation, and their work with the Theatre in introducing young Palestinians to a variety of artistic forms, including music, photography, filmmaking, and writing. They view these forms as necessary creative outlets in an environment that is often violent and oppressive.

Against Israel’s Colonial Tide: Palestinian Initiatives to Shape Their Future

This panel examines the intersection of Israeli policies of occupation and containment which prevent Palestinian self-determination, with a focus on the experience for Palestinians of living under occupation in Jerusalem and Gaza and the ways Palestinians and their supporters are organizing politically, economically and culturally to protect their human rights and work towards a different future.


2016 ESML – “The Terrorism Label: an Examination of American Criminal Prosecutions”

As the 2016 Edward Said Memorial Lecturer, Professor Wadie Said confronts the issue of terrorism and the ways in which it is produced and dealt with in the American legal system. In an era in which the phenomenon of Islamophobia has loomed large in public debates about the national security challenges that confront the United States, terrorism laws and prosecutions mirror those debates, but they also raise essential questions as to the sacrificing of constitutional rights and protections that is done in the name of security.