Thursday Oct 31, 3-4:15 p.m. Kuykendal 410. English Dept. Colloquium
Co-sponsors: UHM Center for Biographical Research; UHM Departments of English, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Women’s Studies
Yousef Aljamal, a refugee from Gaza doing his PhD in Middle East Studies at the University of Sakara in Turkey, will address stories that tell of everyday people struggling to survive; stories of families; stories of prisoners; and stories of refugees. These stories keep the memory of Palestine and those who have told them alive. He will focus on the work he has done in narrating his family’s tragedies, and in translating the testimonies that make up Dreaming of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak, The Prisoners Diaries, and a forthcoming book on Palestinian hunger strikers.
YOUSEF ALJAMAL & RANA BARAKAT
Fri., Nov. 1, 7-8:30p.m. Church of the Crossroads Main sponsor: Sabeel Hawai’i.Co-sponsors: UH-Students and Faculty for Justice in Palestine, UHM Center for Biographical Research, UHM Depts. of English, Ethnic Studies, Political Science and Women’s Studies.
Parking is free in the lots adjacent to the Church (off Bingham and University). Light refreshments.
Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist armies and paramilitary forces violently forced nearly three-quarters of the Palestinian population from their homes and their homeland. The mass expulsion of Palestinians from Palestine starting in 1948 is commonly referred to as the Nakba. As they tell family stories, Aljamal and Barakat explore how this Nakba continues, as does Palestinian resistance, resilience, solidarity, and love through the generations.
Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Rana Barakat is an assistant professor of history and contemporary Arab studies at Birzeit University in Palestine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago writing about popular politics and resistance in early twentieth century Palestine.
Wed., Nov. 6, 4:30-6p.m. Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies (2645 Dole St.)
By 2019, the Trump Administration had set new precedents in US policy towards Palestine including moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, shuttling the PLO Mission office in Washington, DC, and cutting all US aid to the United Nations Relief Works Agency responsible for the humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees. Still, the administration insisted it was a credible peace broker and convened an economic summit, the first part of a comprehensive political proposal to resolve the Palestinian question, in Manama, Bahrain in June 2019.
The summit ended without much fanfare and did nothing to alter the worsening conditions on the ground, which are tantamount to a one state Apartheid reality. This lecture will explore the historical vectors leading up to the Deal of the Century to demonstrate that they are more of a continuation with, rather than a rupture from, US policy towards Palestinians. It will also explore the role and responsibility of the Palestinian official leadership in sustaining the current status quo and explore pathways beyond the current impasse and towards freedom.
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick Department of Africana Studies. Her research interests include humanitarian law, refugee law, national security law, and critical race theory. Noura is the author of Justice for Some: Law As Politics in the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019). She is a Co-Founding Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. She has served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, as a Legal Advocate for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, and as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Noura is the coeditor of Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures, an anthology related to the 2011and 2012 Palestine bids for statehood at the UN. More recently, Noura released a pedagogical project on the Gaza Strip and Palestine, which includes a short multimedia documentary, “Gaza In Context,” that rehabilitates Israel’s wars on Gaza within a settler-colonial framework. She is also the producer of the short video, “Black Palestinian Solidarity.” She is a frequent commentator, with recent appearances on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others, and her writings have been widely published in the national media and academic journals.
(If there is no street parking, parking in the Kamakakūokalani lot is $6.)
J. KĒHAULANI KAUANUI
Fri., Nov. 15, 7-8:30, Church of the Crossroads
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui will discuss the academic boycott of Israel and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. As she considers the backlash against BDS in the USA, she will address her experiences as a defendant in the lawsuit waged against the American Studies Association for the ASA’s resolution in support of the academic boycott of Israel.
She is Professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty in Anthropology at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity and Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism. She is also the editor of Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders. She proudly serves as an advisory board member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
Main sponsor: Sabeel Hawai’i. Co-sponsors: UH-SFJP, Center for Biographical Research, UHM Depts. of English, Ethnic Studies, Politcal Science and Women’s Studies. Parking is free in the lots adjacent to the Church (off Bingham and University). Light refreshments.
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