The Center for Palestine Studies Presents

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

Omar Barghouti, Palestinian Human Rights Activist & Co-founder of the BDS Movement

Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert H. Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University

Tuesday December 2, 2014, 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104
435 W.116th Street
Columbia University

Video Recording

Palestinian Film Festival in Santiago, Chile
Muestra de Cine Palestino de Santiago
June 23-29, 2014 at Cineteca Nacional de Chile

The Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) at Columbia University presents the first annual Palestinian Film Festival in Santiago, Chile at Cineteca Nacional (Centro Cultural La Moneda). This week-long festival from June 23 to 29, 2014 will feature iconic works from Palestinian cinema, which has emerged as a globally influential artistic force. This festival is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University, the Columbia Global Centers Latin America (Santiago), the Center for Arab Studies at the University of Chile, and the Cineteca Nacional.

For more information click here: Muestra Cine Palestino.

Through the Lens of the Law: The "Jewish and Democratic State"
An evening with Hassan Jabareen

Wednesday February 19, 2014, 7 PM
Columbia Law School, Jerome Green Hall
Room 102B

How do the legal values of the State of Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state" impact the rights of Palestinians?

Join us for an evening with Attorney Hassan Jabareen , founder and general director of Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel who will discuss how the values of the State of Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state" are expressed in the law. Attorney Jabareen has litigated landmark constitutional rights cases before the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. He is also a Schell Center Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School.

Sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies| Middle East Institute| Human Rights Institute| Adalah - The Legal Center For Arab Minority Rights In Israel| Columbia Law School Social Justice Initiatives

Video Recording

Judith Butler and Cornel West, in Conversation
Palestine and the Public Intellectual: Honoring Edward Said


On the Tenth Anniversary of Edward Said's passing, renowned scholars Judith Butler and Cornell West will discuss what it means to be a public intellectual and Edward Said's impact on the academic discourse of Palestine.

Lila Abu Lughod, Director of the Middle East Institute and Professor of Anthropology & Gender Studies, Columbia University

James Schamus, Professor of Professional Practice, School of the Arts, Columbia University

Judith Butler is a leading scholar in the fields of ethics, political philosophy, feminist philosophy and queer theory. Visiting Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program for Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. Butler is the recipient of the Mellon Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities. Author of many influential books from Gender Trouble to Precarious Lives, her most recent book is Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism. She is active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics, and a board member of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Cornel West is a prominent academic and provocative democratic intellectual, activist, and author. Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary, he is emeritus from Princeton University. West has written 20 books on the subjects of race, gender and class in America including the influential Race Matters. Co-host of the popular radio show "Smiley & West" and co-author of a new book titled The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, West keeps alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. - a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

All attendees must RSVP and bring a photo ID. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) with the generous support of the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) and the Anthropology Department, as well as the Middle East Institute (MEI), Heyman Center for the Humanities, Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWAG), Center for International History (CIH), Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS).

October 30, 7PM (doors open at 6PM)
Low Library Rotunda (Enter gates on 116th & Broadway or Amsterdam Avenue)
Columbia University
RSVP Required

Video Recording

Find the full text of moderator James Schamus' introductory remarks here.

Remembering Edward Said

On the tenth anniversary of the passing of Professor Edward Said, we invite you to join us as we reflect on his legacy. We will also screen excerpts from documentaries on Edward Said.

Introduction, Rashid Khalidi
Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies


Jonathan Cole
John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost Emeritus of the University

Gauri Viswanathan
Class of 1933, Professor in the Humanities

Moustafa Bayoumi
Professor of English, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Timothy Brennan
Professor of English and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

Sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies with the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, and the Middle East Institute.

This event is free and open to the public. First come, first seated.

23 September 2013, 7 PM
Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Cinema
Columbia University

Video Recording

The Strangest ~ a staged reading by Betty Shamieh followed by discussion with James Schamus

Midway through Camus's classic The Stranger, an unnamed Arab is killed. Leaping from this moment and working backwards through possible histories of tangled romance, ethnic conflict, and random violence, playwright Betty Shamieh has crafted a new play inspired by this unknown character. Infused with elements of Middle Eastern oral storytelling traditions and dance, The Strangest is an absurdist murder mystery about two Algerian brothers who vie for the love of the same woman. Their bitter rivalry ends with one brother being inexplicably gunned down by a French stranger.

Following the reading, the writer and director will be joined in discussion by moderator James Schamus.

Betty Shamieh, Playwright: Shamieh is a playwright, author, screenwriter, and actress. She is the author of fifteen plays. As a playwright, her off-Broadway premieres are The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop) and Roar (The New Group), which was selected as a New York Times Critics Pick and is currently being taught at universities throughout the United States.

May Adrales, Director: Adrales is a freelance director based in New York city, working primarily with new plays and new play development. She helmed the world premieres of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Actors Theater of Louisville, Mary at The Goodman Theatre and In This House at Two River Theater Company. Recent and upcoming Productions include Katori Hall's Whaddabloodclot (Williamstown Theater Festival); Katori Hall's The Mountaintop (Milwaukee Rep); Stefanie Zadrevec's Electric Baby (Two River Theater) and David Henry Hwang's Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theater).

James Schamus, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University & CEO, Focus Features: Schamus is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, producer, and film executive. His long collaboration as writer and producer for Ang Lee has resulted in eleven films, including Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; The Ice Storm; The Wedding Banquet; The Hulk; Taking Woodstock and Lust, Caution. As CEO of Focus Features, Schamus oversees the finance, production, and distribution of numerous films, including Oscar winners Milk, The Pianist, Lost in Translation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Schamus has also produced or executive-produced many of the most important American independent films of the past decade (among them Safe and The Brothers McMullen), including four Grand Prize winners at the Sundance Film Festival. He is also a widely published film historian and theorist.

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Free and open to the public. First come, first seated.

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Sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, the School of the Arts, Noor Theatre and Alwan for the Arts.

27 February 2013, 6:30PM
Miller Theater, Columbia University

The Edward Said Memorial Lecture ~ Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture

The Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture will feature W.J.T. Mitchell on "Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture."

W.J.T. Mitchell is Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago.

Sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanitanities and co-sponsored by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies.

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Monday, November 26, 2012 ~ 6:15 PM
Teatro (Second Floor), Italian Academy for Advanced Studies
Free and open to the public
No registration necessary
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A staged reading of Tennis in Nablus, written by playwright and poet Ismail Khalidi and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Introduction of the evening given by James Schamus.

This "tragipoliticomedy" was nominated for a Suzi Bass Award for Best New Play and awarded the Quest for Peace Award from the Kennedy Center.

Set in Nablus in the spring of 1939, Tennis in Nablus, brings to life the last days of the Arab Revolt as the people of Palestine attempt for one last time to drive out the British. With both deep passion and bold comedy, it is a genre bending look at Palestine's embattled status through the eyes of Yusef, an unflagging rebel, his wife, Anbara who is an indefatigable writer of anti-colonial tracts and his ambitious young nephew, Tariq. As their world ignites absurdly around them, this divided family faces their own demons as they seek to achieve peace and freedom with dignity.

Co-presented by: Columbia University School of the Arts, the Center for Palestine Studies, the Heyman Center for Humanities, the Middle East Institute of Columbia University and Alwan for the Arts.

Thursday, 4 October 2012, 6:30PM
Miller Theater, 116 Street & Broadway


Detention and mass incarceration are political tools for managing populations and disciplining individuals. This panel explores the politics of systematic imprisonment and detention in Israel/Palestine, focusing on gendered experiences and thinking comparatively about prison-systems, bodies, and injustice elsewhere, including the U.S. The panelists will explore comparative approaches to Israeli prisons and detention.


Judith Butler, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Lena Meari, Center for Palestine Studies Fellow, Columbia University
Mai Masri, Independent Documentary Filmmaker, Beirut, Lebanon
Angela Davis, Prison Activist and History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz

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America and Israel-Palestine: War and Peace

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How does America's strategic alliance with Israel affect the prospects of peace in the Middle East, and why has the US been so involved in the region in the first place? Scholar and activist Noam Chomsky considers this question and ruminates on the causes and consequences of American foreign policy in Israel-Palestine. Don't miss this rare opportunity to discuss some of the most challenging questions in contemporary global politics, including the factors that determine US policy; the two-state solution and other options; Palestinian rights; Arab democracy; and what we can do to influence policy decisions.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, and activist. He is an Institute Professor and Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chomsky is well known in the academic and scientific community as one of the fathers of modern linguistics, and a major figure of analytic philosophy. Since the 1960s, he has become known more widely as a political dissident and an anarchist, referring to himself as a libertarian socialist. Chomsky is the author of more than 150 books and has received worldwide attention for his views.

Moderated by Frederick Neuhouser, Professor of Philosophy, Barnard College.

Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Preference will be given to CUID holders. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Event will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. Barnard and Columbia students are encouraged to arrive early.

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LeFrak Gym, 1st Floor Barnard Hall (Barnard Hall is located immediately upon entering through the main gate of the Barnard College campus at Broadway and 117 th Street)
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17 October 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 PM (Doors open at 5:00 PM)

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MIRAL: Discussion with Director Julian Schnabel & Novelist Rula Jebreal

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Moderated by Professors:

HAMID DABASHI, Professor of Iranian Studies & Comparative Literature, Columbia University HELGA TAWIL-SOURI, Professor of Media, Culture, & Communication, NYU

From Academy Award nominated director Julian Schnabel and based on the autobiographical novel of Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal, Miral tells the story of three generations of Palestinian women as they navigate the complexities of life after the creation of the state of Israel. Shot in Jerusalem, the film charts decades of history, from the onset of Israel's occupation to the start of the "peace process".

Miral provides an unprecedented lens on Palestinian stories as told through Palestinian voices and experiences.

Schnabel and Jebreal will discuss the political, historical, and artistic context of the movie, including the difficulties of making a movie about Palestine for the mainstream American audience.

Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This event is sponsored by The Center for Palestine Studies. Co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute and Columbia Film Program's Carla Kuhn Series.

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30 March 2011, 8:00 PM
417 Altschul Auditorium, International Affairs Building, Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, NY, NY 10027

The Edward Said Memorial Lecture: Notes from Tahrir Square with Ahdaf Soueif

Edward Said Memorial Lecture

Preeminent author Ahdaf Soueif, who spent much of the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square, will deliver the annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or registration necessary. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

This event is sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, the Middle East Institute and University Libraries.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011, 8:30 PM
Room 417, International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street, NY, NY 10027
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