Political Challenges to Diversity in Both Nature and Society in Palestine

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. 

Assessing the Impact of the 1967 War on the Palestinians 50 Years Later

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.

“The Scent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus”

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: The Creation of Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps”

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.

Omar Barghouti on the Successes and Challenges of BDS

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.

The Growing Role of Empathy in the Arts

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.