Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SPEAK! Series: “Rethinking Israel-Palestine”

On Tuesday, November 4th, over one hundred students and community members joined Noura Erakat in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall for her discussion titled “Rethinking Israel-Palestine.” Noura Erakat is a Palestinian-American human rights attorney and activist. She is also an Assistant Professor at George Mason University and co-editor of Jadaliyya, an independent ezine produced by the Arab Studies Institute. Professor Juliana Hu Pegues of American Studies acted as the interviewer for the “Inside the Activist’s Studio” format for the SPEAK! Series. Noura began the discussion by sharing her personal experience growing up as a Palestinian-American woman with parents who did not want their children being involved with the conflict in Palestine. With wit and humor, she also discussed how disillusioned she was with law school where she fully realized that laws often failed to provide justice, as in the case with Palestine. Through her responses, Noura demonstrated her personal investment in the liberation of Palestine in a manner that was able to engage with opposing perspectives. She drew parallels between the settler-colonialism taking place in Israel and the United States in an attempt to educate Macalester students about how we benefit everyday from the ongoing colonization of Indigenous Peoples. Students took away from the conversation the ability to articulate the conflict in Palestine and Israel to others. Various departments and student organizations at Macalester co-sponsored this event to help make it a successful and memorable one.

Isabel Ruelas‘15, and Elissa Lee ‘15
Lealtad-Suzuki Center’s Program Assistants

Established in August 2002, the LSC is the programmatic arm of the Department of Multicultural Life (DML).   The LSC provides a range of services, including intentional multicultural education and campus programming; ongoing training and development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students; and personal consultations to discuss issues of identity exploration and cross-cultural communication.

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