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Boycott Calls Against Israel
[Duke, Math] Rann Bar-On, currently working with North Carolina BDS, emphasizing BDS as a tool to pressure Israel

September 27, 2011 -7:00pm-8:00pm
209 Manning Hall

Palestinian Statehood, National Identity, and the UN Vote: 209 Manning Hall, 7PM, Tuesday September 27th.

The creation of an official Palestinian state, the formation of national identity and the ways in which it has been expressed are complex issues deserving of a conversation that reflects the intellectual capacity of UNC students.

On Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm in 209 Manning Hall, a panel of three Professors, two from UNC and one from Duke will explore the formation of a Palestinian national identity, the manner in which ithas been expressed in both historical and modern times, and put that in the context of the (presently) upcoming UN vote on an official Palestinian state.

Come out and learn about one of the most complicated international issues facing the world from a distinguished and enthusiastic panel!
Refreshments will be provided.

The panel:

Sarah Shields
UNC Department of History

A Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor in the History Department at UNC, teaches courses on the modern Middle East, the history of Iraq, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the development and consequences of nationalism and borders in the region. She has been named a "Favorite Geek" by the Independent Weekly.

Her new book, Fezzes in the River: Identity Politics and European Diplomacy in the Middle East on the Eve of World War II (Oxford University Press, 2011) is a social and diplomatic history of the contest between France and Turkey over the Sanjak of Alexandretta (19361940). She is currently researching the long-term impact of the League of Nations on the Middle East.


Nadia Yaqub
UNC Department of Asian Studies

Nadia Yaqub is associate professor of Arabic language and culture in the Dept. of Asian Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. She is author of the book Pens, Swords, and the Springs of Art: The Oral Poetry Dueling of Palestinian Weddings in the Galilee as well as numerous articles on Arab and Palestinian literature, art, and film. She is currently writing a book on Palestinian cinema and teaches of a course at UNC on Palestinian culture called Imagining Palestine.


Rann Barr-On
Duke Department of Mathematics

Rann Bar-On is an Israeli citizen of Jewish origin. He has been active on Palestine-Israel issues since a very young age. In recent years, he has worked with the International Solidarity Movement and the Palestine Solidarity Project in the West Bank, as well as with Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall. He was an organizer and spokesperson for the Palestine Solidarity Movement conference at Duke University in 2004 and is currently working with North Carolina Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, a new local activist group emphasizing BDS as a tool to pressure Israel into ending its occupation of Palestinian land. He also serves as faculty advisor to Duke Students for Justice in Palestine.

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