This event continues a series of Teach-Ins, and will focus on the history and current political and economic climate in Gaza.
Speakers will examine the current devastation in Gaza and the prospects for the future of a region that UN reports warn will be uninhabitable by 2020 if the current trends continue. Doctoral student, Seraje Assi starts our public event with a lecture on the condition of Gaza under British Mandate by drawing on the works of Palestinian Historian Aref al Aref, who had also served as the Official District of Gaza during the period between 1939 and 1943.
Following Assi, Professor Noura Erakat will walk the audience through a history of Gaza from 1948 to present day illuminating Israel’s larger project of settler-colonization. Professor Erakat’s lecture challenges the notion that Israel has a Gaza specific problem as she ties together policies afflicting Palestinians throughout the state.
Finally, Professor Sara Roy, will discuss her most recent research on the political economy of de-development in Gaza and the necessity for freedom rather than aid alone.
The program concludes with a series of videos on innovative approaches to improving life in Palestine, introduced and facilitated by Tareq Radi.
This program is made possible by Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center on the Middle East at Georgetown.
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