SAVE the DATE: The 2018 Palestine Center Annual Conference



Friday, November 16, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Conference Schedule

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour

Panel 1: UNRWA, Activism, Legislation, Right of Return
Participants: Zena Agha, Josh Ruebner, Dr. Salman Abusitta

Lunch Break

Panel II: Gaza, Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority, American Jewish Solidarity
Participants: Jim Clancy, Osamah Khalil, Ali Abunimah, Miko Peled


Speakers’ Biographies

Panelists (in alphabetical order by panel)

Zena Agha is the US Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Her areas of expertise include Israeli settlement-building in the occupied Palestinian territory with a special focus on Jerusalem, modern Middle Eastern history, and spatial practices. She has previously worked at the Economist, the Iraqi Embassy in Paris, and the Palestinian delegation at UNESCO. In addition to opinion pieces in The Independent, and The Nation, Zena’s media credits include the BBC World Service, BBC Arabic and El Pais. Zena was awarded the Kennedy Scholarship to study at Harvard University, completing her Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies.

Josh Ruebner is Policy Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and author of Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace and Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State? Ruebner is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs with Congressional Research Service. He holds a graduate degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Ali Abunimah is executive director of The Electronic Intifada, and author of One Country and The Battle for Justice in Palestine. 

Osamah Khalil is an Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Khalil is the author of America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State (Harvard University Press, 2016), which was named by Foreign Affairs as a Best Book of 2017. He is a co-founder and board member of Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network. He has been a frequent media commentator and contributor, including for the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Al Akhbar, The National, and Al Jazeera.



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