6:00 PM18:00


Screening of Divine Intervention, a modern day tragicomedy, followed by Q&A with director and Film faculty James Schamus . Introduction from actor and producer Danny Glover .

Poetics and Person: Biographical Cinema
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 6 PM
Davis Auditorium
Columbia University

Diary of a Beginner, a short film shot in Cuba by Suleiman, is followed by a panel discussion with the director and Columbia Faculty Elizabeth Povinelli and Nico Baumabchon the topic of biographical cinema today.

Elia Suleiman is a Mellon Visiting Artist & Thinker this spring at the School of the Arts.

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A Poetry Reading and Q & A with Icelandic-Palestinian Poet Mazen Maarouf
12:30 PM12:30

A Poetry Reading and Q & A with Icelandic-Palestinian Poet Mazen Maarouf

The Center for Palestine Studies presented a poetry reading by Icelandic-Palestinian poet Mazen Maarouf


Mazen Maarouf

Mazen Maarouf is a Palestinian-Icelandic poet and writer, lauded as a rising international literary star. He has published three collections of poetry: The Camera Doesn't Capture BirdsOur Grief Resembles Bread, and most recently An Angel Suspended On The Clothesline, which has been translated into several languages including into French by Samira Negrouche. His work is currently being translated into English by Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Nathalie Handal.

He has written literary and theatre criticism in various Arabic magazines and newspapers namely An-Nahar and Assafir (Lebanon), Al-Quds-el-Arabi (London) and Qantara (Paris); and he has translated numerous Icelandic poets as well as the following novels in Arabic: The Blue FoxHands of my Father by Myron UhlbergThe Story of the Blue Planet and Dwarfstone. He resides in Reykjavik.


Nathalie Handal

The poetry reading was followed by a Q&A and discussion moderated by poet and writer Nathalie Handal, a specialist in contemporary international literatures, she teaches at Columbia University.


Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

Free and open to the public.

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7:00 PM19:00

Palestinian Strengths

A talk by Amira Hass, Haaretz correspondent

Amira Hass is the Haaretz correspondent for the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Born in Jerusalem, Hass joined Haaretz in 1989, and has been in her current position since 1993. As the correspondent for the territories, she spent three years living in Gaza, which served as the basis for her widely acclaimed book,Drinking the Sea at Gaza. She has lived in the West Bank city of Ramallah since 1997. Hass is also the author of two other books, both of which are compilations of her articles.

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12:30 PM12:30

The Political Mapping of Palestine

A talk by Linda Quiquivix

Quiquivix will speak on her work which seeks to investigate how colonialism's notions of what constitutes "the political" are produced and naturalized in both thought and practice by the colonized themselves. Examining the role of cartography in this question and the Palestinian struggle as a case study, she traces the life of the map in Palestine from the colonial period to the present to show how the Palestinian movement's uncritical and ubiquitous adoption of cartography today often reproduces and continues to naturalize colonial social relations of domination and submission, although this time, between and among Palestinians themselves.

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12:30 PM12:30

CSD Series: Securing Land Rights for Palestinian Citizens of Israel

The lecture will investigate how the definition of Israel as a Jewish State has shaped the land regime in Israel, and the implications on the land rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Suhad will be drawing on her experience defending the land and planning rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel before Israeli planning authorities and the Israeli Supreme Court.

Suhad Bishara is the Director of Adalah's Land and Planning Rights Unit and is a human rights and constitutional lawyer specializing in the land, property, and planning rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel, Palestinian refugees, and Palestinians living under Occupation. She has worked with Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, since 2001, and serves as director of the organization's land and planning rights unit. 

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"Families Interrupted:" A Photographic Exhibition on the Ban of Family Unification for Palestinians in Israel
to Feb 21

"Families Interrupted:" A Photographic Exhibition on the Ban of Family Unification for Palestinians in Israel

Join Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University at Alwan for the Arts for the New York opening of the photographic exhibition, Families Interrupted, on the subject of the ban on family unification for Palestinians in Israel.

Through a series of anonymous portraits, this exhibition by Jenny Nyman captures the reality of the many thousands of Palestinian families who are forced to live in the shadows by the Israeli Citizenship Law. By lifting the thin veil of anonymity that envelops them, the images give insights into how the ban turns them into families interrupted, struggling to lead a normal life together. By photographing them in their personal spaces, it offers glimpses of their day-to-day human existence as families.

The evening event at on February 21 will also include a presentation by and Q&A with Adalah director Hassan Jabareen about the Citizenship Law in Israel, as well as the screening of a short film on the ban on family unification by Ayed Fadel and Mike Kardosh.

The exhibition will be open from February 17 - 21, 2014.

Open ever day from 12-6 P.M. Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor, NY

Suggested donation: $10

The project was supported by UNDP, and was carried out in cooperation with Society of St. Yves and Sidreh Nissaa Alnagab.

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