2016 Summer Intern Lecture Series, Panel 2: “Overcoming Restrictions: Resistance through Publication & Expression”


Mobility: Israel’s Structural Restrictions and Palestine’s Resistance

Mobility, or the freedom of movement, is important in defining and claiming spaces of living to affirm a community’s identity. Restrictions on Palestinian mobility are some of the most dehumanizing aspects of Israel’s military occupation.They span checkpoints, legal interpretations, and international media coverage, all of which restrain physical and political mobility within the West Bank and the Palestinian diaspora. Given these conditions, Palestinians have experienced and overcome this lack of mobility through publication and expression. They have used such media as powerful tools in the spread of ideas, which is ultimately a form of resistance in itself. This lecture series will explore the concept of mobility through a series of panels and lectures that will run from July 11th to 25th.




July 26: “Overcoming Restrictions: Resistance through Publication & Expression” 

This panel will conclude the 2016 Summer Intern Lecture Series with an examination of the less concrete but equally powerful restraints on the mobility of ideas in the Palestinian context. These include Israel’s suppression of political and literary expression, manipulation of the news, media blackouts, and outright censorship. These panelists are writers and social media experts, and offer their experiences in the use of written and electronic media as powerful tools in the spread of ideas and resistance to Israel’s polities. 



Laila El-Haddad is an award-winning Palestinian writer and public speaker who frequently lectures on Gaza, the intersection of food and politics, and contemporary Islam. She is the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between (in India, Gaza Mama: Politics and Parenting in Palestine), co-author of the critically acclaimed The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey and co-editor of Gaza Unsilenced. She is also a policy advisor with al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. She was recently featured in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Episode “Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza” as his guide in the Gaza Strip. From 2003-2007, El-Haddad was the Gaza correspondent for the Al Jazeera English website and a regular contributor to the BBC World Service. During this time, she co-directed two Gaza-based documentaries, including the Tunnel Trade. A graduate of Duke University and the Harvard Kennedy School, she is a Clinton Scholar, as well as the recipient of the ADC’s Inspiration for Hope and the Literary Leadership Award. Born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents from Gaza, she currently lives in Clarksville, Maryland with her husband and their three children.

Dr. William Youmans is an Assistant Professor at the School of Media and Public Affairs. Broadly interested in questions of transnationalism and news media in conflict, his primary research interests include global news media, journalism, media law, and social movements.  Other areas of interest include contemporary American public diplomacy, terrorism and international broadcasting. Youmans wrote his dissertation on Al Jazeera English’s audience-building efforts in the United States before and after the “Arab Spring.” He is currently researching the development of Arab media law as well as the role of transnational media in US-Arab relations. Youmans has presented at numerous conferences, including the annual gatherings of the Middle East Studies Association, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the International Studies Association, and the American Sociological Association. His 2012 paper won an award for the best paper in the International Communication division at the 2013 International Studies Association conference.


A lunch will be served from 12:30-1:00 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 1:00 p.m. 

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