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Shadi Alzaqzouq – Muslim Panik @ Gallery Saatchi – 4 Novembre 2015

Suad Amiry and Susan Abulhawa: In Conversation

Monday October 19, 2015
6:30-8:30 PM
Columbia Journalism School (main floor), The Stabile Center
2950 Broadway at 116th Street
Palestinian architect and author Suad Amiry and Palestinian American writer and human rights activist Susan Abulhawa will discuss their newly published books within a broader conversation around contemporary Palestinian literature.

Amiry’s newly published Gold Slept Here traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the emigre Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle East.

Abulhawa’s novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water is a story of powerful, flawed women; of relocation, separation and heartache; of renewal, family, endurance, and love.

Suad Amiry is an author and also an architect living in the West Bank city of Ramallah. She studied architecture at the American University of Beirut, the University of Michigan, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her parents went from Palestine to Amman, Jordan. When she returned to Ramallah as a tourist in 1981, she met Salim Tamari, whom she married later, and stayed. Her bookSharon and My Mother-in-Law has been translated into 19 languages, which was a bestseller in France, and was awarded in 2004 the prestigious Viareggio Prize in Italy. She is Director and founder of the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, the center was founded in 1991; the first of its kind to work on the rehabilitation and protection of architectural heritage in Palestine.

Susan Abulahawa was born to Palestinian refugees from Jerusalem, where her family had lived for centuries. Susan is a human rights activist currently living in Pennsylvania, USA, with her daughter. She is a frequent political commentator and she is the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, a children’s organization dedicated to upholding the Right to Play for Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation in Palestine and in refugee camps elsewhere.

Moderated by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, History Department Chair, and Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies.

Free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies and the Columbia Journalism School.

A Celebration of Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora with Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi

Wednesday October 7, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 PM
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
at The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W. 42nd Street
New York, NY
Refreshments will be served.
Join Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) as they celebrate TCG’s publication of Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora. The first collection of its kind, Inside/Outside brings together work by six dynamic Palestinian playwrights from both occupied Palestine and the Diaspora. This anthology is a vital contribution to world theatre, introducing six politically, socially, and culturally relevant plays by Palestinian authors. The event will include a discussion of the anthology with the book’s editors Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi, as well as selected readings by talented performers to be announced.

Naomi Wallace is an Obie award-winning playwright. Her plays have been produced in the UK, the U.S. and the Middle East, and include In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, The Fever Chart: Three Visions of the Middle East, And I and Silence, The Hard Weather Boating Party, The Liquid Plain. In 2009, One Flea Spare was incorporated in the permanent repertoire of the French National Theater. In 2015 Wallace received an Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

Ismail Khalidi is a Palestinian-American writer. His plays include Truth Serum Blues (Pangea World Theater, ’05), Foot, Tennis in Nablus (Alliance Theater, ’10), and Sabra Falling. His writing has been published in Mizna, Guernica, the Nation, American Theatre, the Daily Beast and ReMezcla. Khalidi curated the Center for Palestine Studies staged reading series “Permission to Narrate: Three Nights of Palestinian Plays” in March 2015.

For any questions please email

Free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Center for Palestine Studies.

​Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom

Steven Salaita and Rashid Khalidi: In Conversation

Tuesday October 6, 2015
Book Culture
536 West 112 Street
Steven Salaita and Rashid Khalidi in a discussion of academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the movement for justice in Palestine.

In the summer of 2014, renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the board of trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Salaita’s employment was terminated in response to his public tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s summer assault on Gaza.

Salaita’s firing generated a huge public outcry, with thousands petitioning for his reinstatement, and more than five thousand scholars pledging to boycott UIUC. His case raises important questions about academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the movement for justice in Palestine.

In his new book Uncivil Rites, Salaita combines personal reflection and political critique to shed new light on his controversial termination. He situates his case at the intersection of important issues that affect both higher education and social justice activism.

Steven Salaita currently holds the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. Author of six previous books, he is a regular columnist for Electronic Intifada and a member of the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University and Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. Khalidi is the author of Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009); The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006); Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Prize of the Middle Eastern Studies Association; Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1996), which also won the Albert Hourani prize; Under Siege: PLO Decision-Making During the 1982 War (1986); and British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980).

Free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by Haymarket Books, the Center for Palestine Studies, and Book Culture.

For more information about the book, please click here.

CPS presents the Buenos Aires Palestinian Film Festival August 13-19, 2015 at BAMA Cinearte

The aesthetic roots of Palestinian cinema are deeply embedded in the history of Palestinian dispossession, political fragmentation, exilic experiences, and diasporic longings… Palestinian cinema as a result is the meandering topography of a nation dreaming and interpreting its dreams in open-ended, contingent, and yet enabling gestures (Hamid Dabashi).

Following in the footsteps of other Palestinian international film festivals in London, Boston, Madrid and Santiago, the purpose of the Buenos Aries Festival is to engage Latin American audiences with filmic depictions of Palestinian history and cultures.

The Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) at Columbia University presents its first Palestinian Film Festival in Buenos Aries. The festival from August 13-19, 2015 will feature iconic works from Palestinian cinema, which has emerged as a globally influential artistic force.

The program includes the screening of four feature films and three short films, with subtitles in Spanish, together with a series of lectures by special distinguished guest Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Professor Dabashi is a renowned film expert, and the founder of Dreams of a Nation, a Palestinian Film Project, which is dedicated to preserving and safeguarding Palestinian cinema. Dabashi has organized Palestinian film festivals both in Palestine and the United States and is on the advisory board of a number of other Palestinian film festivals worldwide. His edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema was the first major multi-author treatment of the subject.

This festival is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, Programa Sur Global at Univeridad Nacional de San Martin, in collaboration with Buenos Aires Mon Amour (BAMA) and Centro Cultural de la Cooperacion Floreal Gorini.

Purgatory” video art exhibition by Bashar Alhroub at Um el-Fahem Art Gallery, this Saturday the 6th of June

The Degree Show 2015 – Save the Date Saturday 13th June at 5pm

Symposium: Augmented Reality and Tourism in Palestine

Exhibition invitation – Here, in 66

AFAC participates to the 8th Informal Donors’ meeting in Amman

AFAC participated in the 8th Informal Donors Meeting for Arts and Culture in the Arab Region held in Amman, Jordan earlier this week (February, 2-4). The panels focused on Social Change, Arts and Economic Development, Arab Philanthropists, Working with Governments and Cultural Policy Reform. AFAC director Oussama Rifahi was tasked with moderating the panel on philanthropy.

In light of significant challenges – as well as opportunities – facing the region, discussions that centered around the impact of art on societies, the role of philanthropists, a need for reviewed operating and funding strategies as well as an assessment of policies adopted by some governmental institutions in the regions, gained even more momentousness. This year’s edition, co-hosted by the Open Society Foundations, the Aga Khan Music Initiative (a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture), and Tamasi Performing Arts Collective, also allowed for information sharing, comparing experiences and networking.