12:00 PM12:00

GAZA, Preparing for the Dawn


“Uniquely imprisoned, most Palestinians in Gaza cannot travel beyond the confines of the Strip, and in times of war escape is impossible. They live under siege - economic and armed - and yet so many remain courageous, outspoken and steadfast.
Donald Macintyre lays bare Gaza's human tragedy and reveals how it became a crucible of conflict and a byword for suffering. He identifies the repeated failings - including those of the international community - that have seen countless opportunities for peace pass by. Yet, against all odds, hope for a better future lingers.
Gaza was once a flourishing coastal civilization open to the world. Could it be so again?”

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5:00 PM17:00

Second International Meeting for Science in Palestine

  • Northwest Corner Building 501, Columbia University (map)
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The second international gathering will discuss how to implement concrete programs and long term visions to strengthen the growth of science in Palestine and help build ties between the Palestinian and international scientific communities. We welcome a mix audience of Palestinian academics and students, and of international scientists committed to advancing these goals.

November 9, 5-9PM: public opening
November 10, 9-5PM: closed session
November 11, 9-5PM: closed session

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5:00 PM17:00

Visualizing Palestine: A behind-the-scenes look with co-founder Ramzi Jaber

  • Knox Hall 208, Columbia University (map)
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Join co-founder Ramzi Jaber for a look at how Visualizing Palestine is using the latest technology, design, and data journalism methods to produce visual tools and resources about the struggle for Palestinian freedom. He will provide a behind-the-scenes look at their latest projects, including the BDS Impact database, Palestine Open Maps, and Palestinian Journeys, a virtual exhibit of the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit.

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6:15 PM18:15

Annexing the Future: Israel, Palestine and International Law

  • Columbia Law School | Jerome Greene Annex (map)
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Michael Lynk joins us at Columbia Law School to present a lecture, “Annexing the Future: Israel, Palestine and International Law.” Professor Lynk will be joined by Professor Rashid Khalidi, of Columbia University's Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, and Diala Shamas, Staff Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.Columbia Law School | Jerome Greene Annex

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Black-Palestinian Solidarity 1968/2018
6:00 PM18:00

Black-Palestinian Solidarity 1968/2018

  • Wood Auditorium, Columbia University (map)
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on Thursday, October 18th at 6pm

at Wood Auditorium
Avery Hall, Columbia University
1172 Amsterdam Ave, New York

As part of Qalandiya International IV Collateral Events:

Black-Palestinian Solidarity
1968 / 2018

with Robyn Spencer (City University of New York),
Hamzah Baig (Yale University),
Nadia Abu El-Haj (Barnard College / Columbia University),
moderated by Lila Abu-Lughod and Nora Akawi 
(Columbia University).

The late 1960s saw the emergence of a militant Black-Palestinian solidarity, epitomized by the meeting between members of the Black Panthers and members of the Palestinian Liberation Movement at the Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algiers in 1969. Fueled by anti-imperialism, they saw their struggles as revolutionary, militant, and internationalist. Fifty years on, new forms of solidarity and new politics on the ground have emerged. How should we understand these solidarities across different historical moments, sites, and racial formations?

Panel presentations and discussion:

'Spirit in Opposition': Malcolm X, the Black Panthers and the Question of Palestine
Hamzah Baig, History, Yale University

Black Power for Palestine: Solidarity Politics Then and Now
Robyn Spencer, History, City University of New York

Iterations of the Racial State
Nadia Abu El-Haj, Anthropology, Barnard College and Columbia University

Moderated by: 
Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University
Nora Akawi, Columbia University


Followed by a screening of a video of archival material:

Visions of Liberation and Solidarity
1968 / 2018

The panel discussion will be followed by the screening of a video presentation of archival material on key moments of solidarity between Black American and Palestinian political movements from 1968 to the present.

Researched by Meitha Al Mazrooei, Che Gossett, A. Firestone, and Adrien Zakar, and edited by Hicham Faraj. Commissioned by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University and Studio-X Amman at Columbia University GSAPP and the Columbia Global Center in Amman, with advisors Nora Akawi and Lila Abu-Lughod.


The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, Studio-X Amman at Columbia University GSAPP and the Columbia Global Center in Amman, the Institute for Research on African American Studies, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

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2:00 PM14:00

Panel | From Res Nullius to Terra Nullius: Revisiting Indigenous Histories, Legal Systems and Land Rights in the Naqab

  • Italian Academy for Advanced Studies (map)
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Registration recommended.

Within the framework of exhibition Ground Truth: Testimonies of Destruction and Return in Al-Araqib, CPS is holding a scholarly panel to expand the discourse on the origins of the dispossession, expulsion, and displacement of the Palestinian Bedouins in the Negev/Al-Naqab, and in particular its historical background and legal aspects. The panelists are scholars and activists involved in historical research, legal geography, and human rights with the aim of situating the case of the Naqab Bedouins within key international debates, such as the territorial dispossession of indigenous peoples, indivisibility, and interrelationship of socioeconomic, cultural, civil, and political rights.

Nadia Ben-Youssef, Adalah Justice Project
Bashir Abu-Manneh
, Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Kent University
Debby Farber
, Zochrot

Moderator: Nadia Abu El-Haj, Co-Director, Center for Palestine Studies
Respondent: Audra Simpson, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Chair: Brian Boyd, Co-Director, Center for Palestine Studies

Nadia Ben-Youssef, Adalah Justice Project
Nadia Ben-Youssef is the co-founder and director of Adalah Justice Project (AJP), and works at the intersection of law, advocacy, and art to advance human rights. Prior to leading AJP, she worked with Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah) both in Israel/Palestine and in the US. She coordinated Adalah's international advocacy on behalf of the indigenous Palestinian Bedouin community in the Naqab, and most recently served as the organization's first USA Representative. As an outgrowth of her work in the US, AJP was launched in February 2017 to influence American policy and practice in Israel/Palestine. Much of the work of AJP has focused on building a transnational movement against supremacy and state-sanctioned violence together with cause lawyers, community organizers, and artists across diverse movements for social justice. Nadia is a member of the New York State Bar, and holds a BA in Sociology from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Bashir Abu-Manneh, Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Kent University
Bashir Abu-Manneh is Reader in Postcolonial Literature and Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent in the UK, and author of The Palestinian Novel: From 1948 to the Present (2016) and Fiction of the New Statesman, 1913-1939 (2011). His edited book on Edward Said as critic and theorist, After Said: Postcolonial Literary Studies in the Twenty-First Century, is out at the end of the year. 

Debby Farber, Zochrot
Debby Farber is the curator of Zochrot NGO ("Remembering" in Hebrew), an Israeli organization working to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948. Between 2012 to 2014 she served as the Civil Transitional Justice program director in Zochrot where she established the first Unofficial Truth Commission in Israel for the events of 1948 in the Negev. Debby is a former AHDA fellow of the Institute for the Study for Human Rights at Columbia University and is currently also a PhD Candidate in the Politics and Government Department in Ben Gurion University where she explores the linkages between Visual Culture, History and Political Geography within the visual historiography of Israel/Palestine.

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to Nov 9

Exhibition | Ground Truth: Testimonies of Destruction and Return in Al-Araqib

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The Center for Palestine Studies, in partnership with the NGO Zochrot and the Italian Academy, will host a three-week-long exhibition on the theme of Bedouin ownership of Negev lands and the ongoing Israeli state campaign to uproot the Bedouin from the northern threshold of the desert.

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