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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.