Reminder: Town Hall conference call this Sunday

December 5th at 1:00 P.M. EST
on the Palestinian Authority Elections with Dr. Khalil Shikaki, the Director of the Palestine Center for Policy and Survey Research and a leading pollster in the region. (An extensive bio follows below.)

To participate in this Town Hall conference call, dial 1-702-851-3330 within 5 minutes of the call's designated start time and then enter the access code 123432#. You are responsible only for domestic long distance charges.

The conference call will entail a briefing by Dr. Shikaki followed by questions and answers. You can email questions to both before and during the call.

Announcement: Two new Town Hall conference calls

We are pleased to announce the following additions to our "Palestinian Perspectives on the Post-Arafat Landscape" series:

Assessing Yasser Arafat's Legacy

With Dr. Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.

Resisting Imposition Amidst Transition: A report on the status of Palestinian women

With Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas, Director of the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling.

Further details about these calls will be posted on the Town Hall call information page.
Listen to recordings and read transcripts of past calls.

Presenter Bios

Dr. Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University. His teaching encompasses the history of the modern Middle East with an emphasis on the emergence of national identity, and the involvement of external powers in the region. He is the Vice President of the American Task Force on Palestine and the past President of the Middle East Studies Association. He was 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 six books, including the recently published "Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East" and the seminal text  "Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness" (1997), which was the co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association's Albert Hourani Prize as best book of 1997.
Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas is an internationally respected political feminist thinker and advocate for a viable Palestinian state. She is the Director of the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling, former Chair of the Jerusalem Legal Aid Center, a founding Board Member of the Jerusalem Center for Women of the Jerusalem Link and a board member of Equality Now. She is a recipient of the 2002 Ms. Woman of the Year award.

Shamas works at both the local and national level to ensure the protection and provision of services to women as they are personally and politically impacted by life under occupation, and is well known in the international arena as a promoter of joint political dialogue and anti-occupation resistance with the Israeli women of the Jerusalem Link. She is also one of the drafters of the International Women's Commission for a Just Peace.

Dr. Khalil Shikaki is Director of the Palestine Center for Policy and Survey Research. Shikaki has also served as both Director and Project Director at the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, and was the editor of its Quarterly Journal of Palestine Policy. He was both Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of Scientific Research at al-Najah National University in Nablus. Over the years, Shikaki has also been a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, the University of South Florida and Columbia University. Since 1993, he has conducted numerous public opinion polls and published many articles about Palestinian politics and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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