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PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVES ON THE POST-ARAFAT
Resisting Imposition Amidst
Transition: A Report on the Status of Palestinian
Sunday, December 12th at 11:00 A.M.
With Maha Abu-Dayyeh
Shamas, Director of the Women's Center for Legal
Aid and Counseling.
Thursday, December 16th at 8:00 P.M.
With Dr. Rashid
Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and
Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia
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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.
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
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