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The interdisciplinary Middle East Studies Program at George Mason provides students with a firm grounding in the history, politics, and culture of this important region.

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06/05/2024

Gaza On My Mind غزّة علي بالي A Freeform Engagement with All Things Gaza Featuring: Sherene Seikaly, Hosts: Jenan Matari, Bassam Haddad, Noura Erakat

Gaza On My Mind
غزّة علي بالي
A Freeform Engagement with All Things Gaza

Featuring:
Sherene Seikaly,

Hosts
Jenan Matari,
Bassam Haddad,
Noura Erakat

Wednesday, 5 June 2024
12:00 PM EST | 5:00 PM London | 7:00PM Gaza


Join us as we talk about "Palestinian Life Despite Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, Military Occupation, and Apartheid Rule." This Wednesday at 12 pm EST, Gaza On My Mind \ غزّة على بالي features (guest), Erakat, & Haddad (hosts) in a difficult but uplifting conversation on Palestinian Life, despite all. We. Are. Not. Going. Anywhere! 12 pm EST, 7 pm Gaza. Live at http://X.com/Jadaliyya & http://Youtube.com//Striyya/Streams

Jenan Matari (Moderator) is a 2x award-winning Palestinian storyteller and Producer. She is so busy, we are still waiting for the rest of her bio.

Bassam Haddad (Moderator) is Founding Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011) and co-editor of A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021). Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and the Knowledge Production Project. He is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the acclaimed series Arabs and Terrorism. Bassam is Executive Producer of Status Podcast Channel and Director of the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI). He received MESA's Jere L. Bacharach Service Award in 2017 for his service to the profession. Currently, Bassam is working on his second Syria book titled Understanding The Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, Outsiders (forthcoming, Stanford University Press).

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick Department of Africana Studies. Her research interests include humanitarian law, refugee law, national security law, and critical race theory. Noura is the author of Justice for Some: Law As Politics in the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019). She is a Co-Founding Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. She has served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, as a Legal Advocate for the Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, and as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Noura is the coeditor of Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures, an anthology related to the 2011 and 2012 Palestine bids for statehood at the UN. More recently, Noura released a pedagogical project on the Gaza Strip and Palestine, which includes a short multimedia documentary, "Gaza In Context," that rehabilitates Israel’s wars on Gaza within a settler-colonial framework. She is also the producer of the short video, "Black Palestinian Solidarity." She is a frequent commentator, with recent appearances on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others, and her writings have been widely published in the national media and academic journals.

Sherene Seikaly is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She held the Qatar Postdoctoral Fellowship at Georgetown University and the Europe in the Middle East Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Seikaly was Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo (2012-2014), where she was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. Seikaly's Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2016) explores how Palestinian capitalists and British colonial officials used economy to shape territory, nationalism, the home, and the body. Her forthcoming book, From Baltimore to Beirut: On the Question of Palestine focuses on a Palestinian man who was at once a colonial officer and a colonized subject, an enslaver and a refugee. His trajectory from nineteenth century mobility across Baltimore and Sudan to twentieth century immobility in Lebanon places the question of Palestine in a global history of race, capital, slavery, and dispossession. Seikaly is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate, the University of California, Santa Barbara; the Harold J. Plous Award at UCSB; and the UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship. She currently serves as co-editor of Journal of Palestine Studies and co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya.

05/17/2024

Students Rising: Battling Exploitation, Imagining Futures A Converstation with Students & Faculty on the Front Lines, Part 3 - Featuring: UCSC, UNC Chapel Hill, GW/GMU, NYC Universities, UCLA, + more Moderators: Bassam Haddad, Jairo Funez, Muriam Hal…

Gaza in Context: A Collaborative Project

Students Rising:
Battling Exploitation, Imagining Futures
A Converstation with Students & Faculty on the Front Lines,
Part 3 -

Featuring:
UCSC, UNC Chapel Hill, GW/GMU, NYC Universities, UCLA, + more

Moderators:
Bassam Haddad,
Jairo Funez,
Muriam Haleh Davis

Friday, 17 May 2024
1:00 PM EST | 8:00 PM Palestine

Student protests against Israel’s Genocide in Gaza have engulfed campuses across the United States recently. As the Spring semester unwinds, new/old forms of protests emerge/resurface. On May 15, the UAW 4811, representing 48,000 academic workers across the UC system, ended a strike authorization vote in solidarity with pro-Palestinian protests. We host a number of students and facuty to share how they are keeping Gaza and its reverberations abroad centered through such actions as well as the ramifications of resilient encampments.

Gaza in Context Collaborative Teach-In Series

We are together experiencing a catastrophic unfolding of history as Gaza endures a massive invasion of potentially genocidal proportions. This follows an incessant bombardment of a population increasingly bereft of the necessities of living in response to the Hamas attack in Israel on October 7. The context within which this takes place includes a well-coordinated campaign of misinformation and the unearthing of a multitude of essentialist and reductionist discursive tropes that dehumanize Palestinians as the culprits, despite a context of structural subjugation and Apartheid, now a matter of consensus in the human rights movement.

The co-organizers below are convening weekly teach-ins and conversations on a host of issues that introduce our common university communities, educators, researchers, and students to the history and present of Gaza, in context.

Co-Organizers: Arab Studies Institute, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, George Mason University’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Birzeit University Museum, Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Brown University’s Center for Middle East Studies, University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Theory, Brown University’s New Directions in Palestinian Studies, Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Georgetown University-Qatar, American University of Cairo’s Alternative Policy Studies, Middle East Studies Association’s Global Academy, University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY’s Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, University of Illinois Chicago’s Arab american cultural Center, George Mason University’s AbuSulayman’s Center for Global Islamic Studies, University of Illinois Chicago’s Critical Middle East Studies Working Group, George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies, Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies, New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

05/13/2024

Questioning the State: State Department Briefings on Palestine - Featuring: Said Arikat - Sam Husseini

Gaza in Context: A Collaborative Teach-In Series

Questioning the State:
State Department Briefings on Palestine
-
Featuring:
Said Arikat -
Sam Husseini

Moderator:
Bassam Haddad

Monday, May 13 2024
3:15 PM EST | 10:15 PM Palestine

The definite collapse of Israel’s narrative has begun to lightly strain relations even with its near-unconditional ally. Yet, foreign policy briefings at the U.S. State Department continue to be transparently bizarre and duplicitous. Our guests, Sam Husseini and Said Arikat, some of the most recurring and critical fixtures of these briefings, share their recent experiences and exchanges which the world watches in now customary disbelief. In conversation with . Join us today, live at Youtube.com//Streams.

Gaza in Context Collaborative Teach-In Series

We are together experiencing a catastrophic unfolding of history as Gaza endures a massive invasion of genocidal proportions. This accompanies an incessant bombardment of a population increasingly bereft of the necessities of living in response to the Hamas attack in Israel on October 7. The context within which this takes place includes a well-coordinated campaign of misinformation and the unearthing of a multitude of essentialist and reductionist discursive tropes that dehumanize Palestinians as the culprits, despite a context of structural subjugation and Apartheid, now a matter of consensus in the human rights movement.

The co-organizers below are convening weekly teach-ins and conversations on a host of issues that introduce our common university communities, educators, researchers, and students to the history and present of Gaza, in context.

Co-Organizers: Arab Studies Institute, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, George Mason University’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Birzeit University Museum, Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Brown University’s Center for Middle East Studies, University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Theory, Brown University’s New Directions in Palestinian Studies, Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Georgetown University-Qatar, American University of Cairo’s Alternative Policy Studies, Middle East Studies Association’s Global Academy, University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY’s Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, University of Illinois Chicago’s Arab american cultural Center, George Mason University’s AbuSulayman’s Center for Global Islamic Studies, University of Illinois Chicago’s Critical Middle East Studies Working Group, George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies, Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies, New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

05/09/2024

Students Rising: Dismantling Repression, Imagining Futures - A Convertation with Student Encampment Representatives, Part 2

Gaza in Context: A Collaborative Project

Students Rising:
Dismantling Repression, Imagining Futures
A Convertation with Student Encampment Representatives
Part 2

Featuring:
U. of Chicago, George Washington U., George Mason U., American U., CUNY, UCLA, Columbia +

Moderators:
Bassam Haddad and Lisa Wedeen

Thursday, 9 May 2024
3:00 PM EST | 10:00 PM Palestine

Student protests against Israel’s Genocide in Gaza have engulfed campuses across the United States, overwhelmingly in the form of peaceful, community-oriented encampments. Yet, they have been maligned to no end via a concerted effort led by corporate media, pro-Israel organizations/groups, and significant segments of the political class. Excessively violent police raids and widespread arrests of both students and faculty ensued. Administrations have been quick to call for shutting down protests and encampments. We address the demands of the students, the world they imagine, and the broader context within which encampments are constructed and dismantled.

Gaza in Context Collaborative Teach-In Series

We are together experiencing a catastrophic unfolding of history as Gaza endures a massive invasion of potentially genocidal proportions. This follows an incessant bombardment of a population increasingly bereft of the necessities of living in response to the Hamas attack in Israel on October 7. The context within which this takes place includes a well-coordinated campaign of misinformation and the unearthing of a multitude of essentialist and reductionist discursive tropes that dehumanize Palestinians as the culprits, despite a context of structural subjugation and Apartheid, now a matter of consensus in the human rights movement.

The co-organizers below are convening weekly teach-ins and conversations on a host of issues that introduce our common university communities, educators, researchers, and students to the history and present of Gaza, in context.

Co-Organizers: Arab Studies Institute, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, George Mason University’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Birzeit University Museum, Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Brown University’s Center for Middle East Studies, University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Theory, Brown University’s New Directions in Palestinian Studies, Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Georgetown University-Qatar, American University of Cairo’s Alternative Policy Studies, Middle East Studies Association’s Global Academy, University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY’s Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, University of Illinois Chicago’s Arab american cultural Center, George Mason University’s AbuSulayman’s Center for Global Islamic Studies, University of Illinois Chicago’s Critical Middle East Studies Working Group, George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies, Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies, New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

05/07/2024

Weaponizing Antisemitism to Stifle Criticism of Israel - Featuring: Adam Horowitz, Raz Segal, Shira Robinson, Moderators: Asli Bali, Bassam Haddad

Gaza in Context: A Collaborative Teach-In Series — Session 27

Weaponizing Antisemitism to Stifle Criticism of Israel

Featuring:
Adam Horowitz
Raz Segal
Shira Robinson

Moderators:
Asli Bali
Bassam Haddad

Tuesday, 7 May, 2024
2:30 PM EST | 9:30 PM Palestine
WATCH LIVE: YOUTUBE.COM//STREAMS

Teach-In Session 27

As Israel’s genocidal campaign proceeds unabated in Gaza, world public opinion made a sharp turn against the Jewish State. In response, as the Hamas card ran out of steam, Israel and its supporters, notably in the United States and Germany, have resumed/returned to the last and first resort: weaponizing Antisemitism to stifle criticism of Israel. Failing to defend Israel’s action on moral, intellectual, political, or legal grounds, the Antisemitism charge is leveled against critics via political legislation, academic institutions, media outlets, and popular culture in parts of the Western world. We address with our speakers the dangers, harm, and limitations of weaponizing Antisemitism, notably within academic institutions.
Gaza in Context Collaborative Teach-In Series

We are together experiencing a catastrophic unfolding of history as Gaza endures a massive invasion of genocidal proportions. This accompanies an incessant bombardment of a population increasingly bereft of the necessities of living in response to the Hamas attack in Israel on October 7. The context within which this takes place includes a well-coordinated campaign of misinformation and the unearthing of a multitude of essentialist and reductionist discursive tropes that dehumanize Palestinians as the culprits, despite a context of structural subjugation and Apartheid, now a matter of consensus in the human rights movement.

The co-organizers below are convening weekly teach-ins and conversations on a host of issues that introduce our common university communities, educators, researchers, and students to the history and present of Gaza, in context.

Co-Organizers: Arab Studies Institute, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, George Mason University’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Birzeit University Museum, Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Brown University’s Center for Middle East Studies, University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Theory, Brown University’s New Directions in Palestinian Studies, Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Georgetown University-Qatar, American University of Cairo’s Alternative Policy Studies, Middle East Studies Association’s Global Academy, University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY’s Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, University of Illinois Chicago’s Arab american cultural Center, George Mason University’s AbuSulayman’s Center for Global Islamic Studies, University of Illinois Chicago’s Critical Middle East Studies Working Group, George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies, Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies, New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

Featuring

Adam Horowitz is Executive Editor of Mondoweiss.net, a news and opinion website that covers Palestine, U.S. politics, and the movement for Palestinian liberation. Adam has been an activist and writer in the Palestine movement for the last 25 years and previously worked at the American Friends Service Committee before joining Mondoweiss in 2008. Adam is co-editor, along with Philip Weiss and Lizzy Ratner, of The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict (Bold Type Books).

Raz Segal is Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Endowed Professor in the Study of Modern Genocide at Stockton University. Dr. Segal has held a Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and was recently a Senior Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (2023). His publications include Genocide in the Carpathians: War, Social Breakdown, and Mass Violence, 1914-1945 (2016); Days of Ruin: The Jews of Munkács during the Holocaust (2013); and he was guest editor of the Hebrew-language special issue on Genocide: Mass Violence and Cultural Erasure of Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly (2018). Dr. Segal is at work on two new books: one provides a critical account of the history and memory of Holocaust bystanders, the other offers a new analysis of Israeli mass violence from the 1948 Nakba to the current genocidal assault on Gaza. In addition to scholarly publications, Dr. Segal has published op-eds, book reviews, and larger articles on genocide, state violence, and memory politics in Hebrew, English, and German in The Guardian, LA Times, The Nation, Jewish Currents, Haaretz, +972 Magazine, and Berliner Zeitung, and he has appeared on Counter Points, Al Jazeera English, Democracy Now! and ABC News.

Shira Robinson is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University. works on the social and cultural history of the Modern Middle East, with an emphasis on colonialism, citizenship, nationalism, and cultures of militarism after World War I. She joined GW in 2007 after two years of teaching at the University of Iowa and one year as Visiting Fellow at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. She received her B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. Dr. Robinson's research has been funded through the Fulbright Institute, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, and the Palestinian American Research Center. She also spent a year at the Center for the Advanced Study of Arabic at the American University in Cairo. In 2006 her dissertation won the Halpern Biennial Dissertation Award from the Association for Israel Studies. Professor Robinson works on the social and cultural history of the Modern Middle East, with an emphasis on colonialism, citizenship, nationalism, and cultures of militarism after World War I.

Aslı Ü. Bâli is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Bâli’s teaching and research interests include public international law — particularly human rights law and the law of the international security order — and comparative constitutional law, with a focus on the Middle East. She has written on the nuclear non-proliferation regime, humanitarian intervention, the roles of race and empire in the interpretation and enforcement of international law, the role of judicial independence in constitutional transitions, federalism and decentralization in the Middle East, and constitutional design in religiously divided societies. Bâli’s scholarship has appeared in the International Journal of Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Chicago Journal of International Law, Cornell Journal of International Law, Virginia Journal of International Law, American Journal of International Law Unbound, Geopolitics, Studies in Law, Politics and Society, and in edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. She has also written essays and op-eds for such venues as The New York Times, The Boston Review, The London Review of Books, Jacobin, and Dissent.

Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011) and co-editor of A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021). Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and the Knowledge Production Project. He is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the acclaimed series Arabs and Terrorism. Bassam is Executive Producer of Status Podcast Channel and Director of the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI). He received MESA's Jere L. Bacharach Service Award in 2017 for his service to the profession. Currently, Bassam is working on his second Syria book titled Understanding The Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, Outsiders (forthcoming, Stanford University Press).

05/06/2024

In Defense of Academic Freedom: The Case of Israel and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian - Featuring: Maya Wind, Sara Ihmoud, Shahrazad Odeh - Moderators: Bassam Haddad, Mariam Durrani

In Defense of Academic Freedom:
The Case of Israel and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Featuring:
Maya Wind
Sara Ihmoud
Shahrazad Odeh

Moderators:
Bassam Haddad
Mariam Durrani

Organized by DC, Maryland, & Virginia Faculty for Academic Freedom and Gaza in Conrtext Collaborative Project; Cosponsored by MESA Task Force on Civil and Human Rights, MESA's Committee on Academic Freedom, Faculty for Justice in Palestine Network (115+ chapters nationally)

www.PalestineInContext.org

Monday, 6 May 2024
1:00 PM EST

Severe limitations on academic freedom for Palestinian scholars in Israeli universities are directly tied to the wider project of targeting Palestinian education. We address the Israeli academy's repression of Palestinian critical research and pedagogy, in light of the arrest of Hebrew University Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, and the power of Palestinian feminist anti-colonial writing and teaching to bring true academic freedom for all. We also discuss Maya Wind’s Towers of Ivory and Steel: How Israeli Universities Deny Palestinian Freedom.

In Defense of Academic Freedom

The assault on academic freedom is growing on University campuses. We are launching this series to address the cases of defamation, intimidation, and suspension that faculty are being subjected to in the United States and beyond. This series aims to raise awareness of the conditions and pretenses under which such violations occur and provide resources to contend with them, not least in support of the most vulnerable targets.

This event is Co-Sponsored by the Gaza in Context Collaborative Project

Co-Organizers: Arab Studies Institute, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, George Mason University’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Birzeit University Museum, Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Brown University’s Center for Middle East Studies, University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Theory, Brown University’s New Directions in Palestinian Studies, Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Georgetown University-Qatar, American University of Cairo’s Alternative Policy Studies, Middle East Studies Association’s Global Academy, University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY’s Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, University of Illinois Chicago’s Arab american cultural Center, George Mason University’s AbuSulayman’s Center for Global Islamic Studies, University of Illinois Chicago’s Critical Middle East Studies Working Group, George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies, Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies, New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

Featuring

Sarah Ihmoud is a Chicana-Palestinian anthropologist who works to uplift the lived experiences, histories, and political contributions of Palestinian women and Palestinian feminism. She is a founding member of the Palestinian Feminist Collective, an executive board member of Insaniyyat, the Society of Palestinian Anthropologists, and is assistant professor of anthropology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Maya Wind is a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Her scholarship broadly investigates how settler societies and global systems of militarism and policing are sustained, with a particular focus on the reproduction and export of Israeli security expertise. She has received support for her research from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Killam Laureates Trust.

Shahrazad Odeh is a human rights lawyer and a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London. She recently authored “The orchestrated persecution of Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian,” in 972 Magazine.

Bassam Haddad (Moderator) is Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011) and co-editor of A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021). Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and the Knowledge Production Project. He is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the acclaimed series Arabs and Terrorism. Bassam is Executive Producer of Status Podcast Channel and Director of the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI). He received MESA's Jere L. Bacharach Service Award in 2017 for his service to the profession. Currently, Bassam is working on his second Syria book titled Understanding The Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, Outsiders (forthcoming, Stanford University Press).

Mariam Durrani (Moderator) is a Professorial Lecturer at the School of International Service and a faculty affiliate with the Anti-Racism Research and Policy Center at American University. As a decolonial feminist anthropologist, Dr. Durrani's scholarship seeks to shift how academia, media, and public discourse reflect on and reckon with the racialized "Muslim" subject and the impact of global wars on higher education in the US and Pakistan.

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Gaza On My Mind غزّة علي بالي A Freeform Engagement with All Things Gaza   Featuring: Sherene Seikaly,  Hosts: Jenan Mat...
Students Rising: Battling Exploitation, Imagining Futures A Converstation with Students & Faculty on the Front Lines, Pa...
Questioning the State: State Department Briefings on Palestine - Featuring: Said Arikat - Sam Husseini
Students Rising: Dismantling Repression, Imagining Futures - A Convertation with Student Encampment Representatives, Par...
Weaponizing Antisemitism to Stifle Criticism of Israel - Featuring: Adam Horowitz, Raz Segal, Shira Robinson,  Moderator...
In Defense of Academic Freedom: The Case of Israel and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian - Featuring: Maya Wind, Sara Ihmoud, Sh...
Students Rising: Dismantling Repression, Imagining Futures - A Conversation with Representatives -- from DC, MD, VA, NY,...
In Defense of Academic Freedom: Defamation, Intimidation, and Suspension - Featuring: Jodi Dean and Mohamed Abdou,  Mode...
The Deadly Precarity of Journalists and Journalism in Gaza --  Featuring Rawan Damen,  In Conversation With Bassam Hadda...
Israel, Iran, and Hizballah: Between Deterrence and Escalation ... On the Margins of Genocide in Gaza  Speakers Narges B...
In Defense of Academic Freedom: Defamation, Intimidation, and Suspension --  Featuring: Danny Shaw, Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda;...
Aesthetics of Return: Palestinian Poetry  Featuring: Fady Joudah  Moderators: Fida Adely, Bassam Haddad

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