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Israel-Palestine crisis panel series

From: College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

This is a three-part panel series, open to the Virginia Tech community, to discuss and provide context to understand the Israel-Palestine crisis.  

Pre-register for the panels and show your Virginia Tech ID at the door. Online viewing options are available for those who register.

Panel 1: International Law, Human Rights, and Local Politics

Nov. 29, Noon, Newman Library 207A

Speakers include:

  • Lex Takkenburg, senior advisor with Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) and non-resident professor at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University

  • Lisa Hajjar, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara

  • Lev Grinberg, professor of political sociology at Ben Gurion University and Dartmouth College

Panel 2: Historical Context and Representation

Dec. 1, 11 a.m., North End Center Room 2420

Speakers include:

  • Arie Dubnov, associate professor of history and Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies at George Washington University

  • Mouin Rabbani, co-editor of Jadaliyya and contributing editor of Middle East Report

  • Dana El-Kurd, assistant professor of political science at the University of Richmond

  • Nathan J. Brown, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University

Panel 3: The Current Situation

Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., Assembly Hall at the Inn at Virginia Tech

Speakers include:

  • Sa’ed Atshan, associate professor and chair of peace and conflict studies at Swarthmore College

  • Michael T. Samuel, legal scholar and comparativist of laws, discourses, and institutions that shape settler polities in Palestine, Israel, and the Anglosphere

  • Laila El-Haddad, award-winning Palestinian author, social activist, policy analyst, and journalist

  • Dov Baum, director of corporate accountability and research for the American Friends Service Committee, and co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation and of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel

The panel series is sponsored by the Middle East Working Group, the Center for Humanities, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the Department of History, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Religion and Culture, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature, the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, the Office for Inclusion and Diversity, and ASPECT. The series is supported by an IISG Grant and a CLAHS Diversity Mini-Grant.

For questions, contact Carmen Gitre at

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