Translated by Amira El-Zein and Carolyn Forche, Palestine as Metaphor consists of a series of interviews with the late Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, which have never been translated and published in English before. The interviews in this book provide a wealth of information on Darwish’s personal life, relationships, and numerous works, and captures his conception of poetry as a supreme art that transcends time and place.
In delivery of the Hisham Sharabi Memorial Lecture, Dr. Hatem Bazian will chart the shift in American public opinion around Palestine. This shift is the result of an accumulative process that took shape during the 1980s and early 90s, and finds context in several successful national and transnational movements. He will discuss the pre-Oslo landscape of Palestine activism and the grassroots challenges resulting from the signing of the Accords that led up to the emergence of a diverse coalition on college campuses, and the birth of the BDS movement.