Friday, June 5, 2009

"Celebrating" Apartheid Week

"A Mother From Gaza: Surviving Under the Siege (Part One)

Laila El-Haddad is a freelance Palestinian journalist, media activist, and mother from Gaza who writes mainly for the Guardian Unlimited and Aljazeera English. She maintains the award-winning blog "Raising Yousuf and Noor: diary of a Palestinian mother" (, which explores the complex relationships between the personal and political as she raises her children and negotiates displacement and occupation. She is currently based in the United States with her husband, a Palestinian refugee from the ethnically cleansed village of Waarit al-Siris. Laila has also been published in Le Monde Diplmatique, the New Statesmen, the International Herald Tribune and the Washington Post among others. She has made appearances on CNN, NPR, CBC, Democracy Now, Aljazeera International and the BBC. This was the keynote speech of Israeli Apartheid Week at the University of Alberta on March 2, 2009.

A Mother From Gaza: Surviving Under the Siege (Part Two)

Occupation 101 (Part One)
A talk following the screening of the film "Occupation 101." Dr. Tony Simmons is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Center for Global and Social Analysis at the Athabasca University. Tony's areas of interest are classical and contemporary social theory, postmodernism, Marxism and critical theory, organizational theory along with the philosophy and history of science.

Occupation 101 (Part Two)
A question and answer period following the screening of the film "Occupation 101."

From Turtle Island to Palestine
A panel discussion about indigenous perspectives on colonialism & occupation. March 4, 2009:

Vincent Steinhauer

Dr. Bruce Spencer is with the Centre for Work and Community Studies at Athabasca University.

Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez

Dr. Ibrahim Abu-Rabi is ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta, former Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Rockefeller Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas.

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thanks & cheers,