The 2015 Palestine & Law Lecture Series
The Center for Palestine Studies is proud to present a Palestine & Law lecture series at Columbia Law School in February and March 2015.
This series is free and open to the public.
Contested Normality: Bedouin "Citizens" Under the Supreme Court of Israel
Monday March 30, 2015, 4:30-6:00PM
Jerome Greene Hall 103, Columbia Law School
Suhad Bishara, 2014-2015 Palestine & Law Fellow at the Center for Palestine Studies, will speak about the role played by the Israeli Supreme Court in 'normalizing displacement' of Palestinian citizens of Israel in the Naqab (Negev) desert, and facilitating recent re-construction of space.
Bishara is a senior attorney and Head of the Land and Planning Unit of Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. She has litigated numerous constitutional rights cases before the Israeli Supreme Court concerning the land rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). She co-authored a report in 2011 about the State of Israel's attempt to expel Arab Bedouin citizens of the state from their village in the Naqab.
Moderated by Professor Katherine Franke, Isidor & Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law; Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, the Middle East Institute, and Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.
The Legal Dimensions of Palestinian Citizens' Political Participation in the 2015 Israeli Elections
Thursday February 26, 2015, 4:30-6:00PM
Jerome Greene Hall 102A, Columbia Law School
Attorney Hassan Jabareen, founder and director of Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, will present the legal dimensions of political participation by Palestinian citizens of Israel in the 2015 Israeli elections.
What are the legal and ideological limits placed on Palestinian citizens of Israel in running for election?
Given high levels of incitement against and harassment of Palestinian Arab members of Knesset (MKs), should they continue to serve in the parliament?
Jabareen has represented Arab MKs and Arab political parties in elections disqualifications and elections-related freedom of expression cases for more than a decade. In the run-up to the 2015 elections, Jabareen represented MK Haneen Zoabi, and the Joint List, a historic, united list of Arab political parties before the Central Elections Committee and the Israeli Supreme Court.
Jabareen has extensive experience in litigating landmark constitutional law cases before the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Respondent, Darryl Li, Associate Research Scholar, Yale Law School, J.D. from Yale and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard.
Moderated by Professor Katherine Franke, Isidor & Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law; Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, the Middle East Institute, and Adalah-The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.
Developments in the International Criminal Court: Israel/Palstine
Wednesday February 11, 2015, 6:30-8:30PM
Jerome Greene Hall 105, Columbia Law School Columbia University
Please join us for a panel discussion of Israel and Palestine and developments in the International Criminal Court (ICC). After the Palestinians acceded to the Rome Statute on January 2, 2015, Fatou Bensouda, the ICC Prosecutor, opened a preliminary investigation into the possibility of war crimes committed "in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, since June 13, 2014."
This panel will discuss these developments, international criminal law and the legal/political issues involved.
Panelists include Columbia Law School professors Lori Damrosch and Katherine Franke, and Claus Kress (University of Cologne), and Jamil Dakwar (CUNY & ACLU).
This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, the Columbia Society of International Law, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Center for Palestine Studies
The Center for Palestine Studies Presents
PALESTINE'S SOUTH AFRICA MOMENT?
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>
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
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)
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
John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost Emeritus of the University
Class of 1933, Professor in the Humanities
Professor of English, Brooklyn College, CUNY
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
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.
Free and open to the public. First come, first seated.
For more information please visit: http://heymancenter.org/events/the-strangesta-staged-reading/
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.
For more information, please visit: http://heymancenter.org/events/seeing-madness/
Monday, November 26, 2012 ~ 6:15 PM
Teatro (Second Floor), Italian Academy for Advanced Studies
Free and open to the public
No registration necessary
First come, first served seating
TENNIS IN NABLUS
BY ISMAIL KHALIDI
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
CARCERAL POLITICS IN PALESTINE & BEYOND: Gender, Vulnerability, Prison
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)
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.
To learn more about the Miral, please visit: http://www.miralmovie.com/
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
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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