In Service of State Violence: Palestine and the Restrictions on Academic Freedom

with

Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies & the Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative,  San Francisco State University

*A light lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

In the case of Mandel v. San Francisco State University, Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi is the only professor named as a defendant because of her scholarship and outspoken positions on Palestine, Arab/regional and transnational critical questions, and Islamophobia. In her presentation, Dr. Abdulhadi will speak about her own experiences of being the target of long standing and systemic attempts to silence Palestine activism in the United States. Her talk will underscore the consequences of limiting academic freedom on issues of state violence – namely, allowing it to go unchallenged. Finally, Dr. Abdulhadi will address the role of preserving academic freedom as paramount to sustaining vibrant institutions of learning and discuss her own experiences challenging the many attempts to silence dissent that she has encountered.

 

Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and the Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, at the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University. Before joining SFSU, she served as the first director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She is the co-editor of Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging (Syracuse University Press). Her work has appeared in Gender and Society, Radical History Review, Peace Review, Journal of Women’s History, Taiba: Women and Cultural Discourses, The Guardian, Palestine Focus, Voice of Palestinian Women, and several Arabic language publications, such as Falasteen Al-Thahwra, Al-Hadaf, and Al-Hurriyah.

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