November 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Global Solidarities Lecture Series | Contemporary Renewals of Black-Palestinian Solidarity, Nov. 27

Professor Noura Erakat, portrait

Professor Noura Erakat

The Global Solidarities Lecture Series presents a public lecture by Noura Erakat titled “Contemporary Renewals of Black-Palestinian Solidarity” on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 4:30 to 6:o0 p.m. in Schoonover 145.

This lecture will explore the historical and contemporary manifestations of Black-Palestinian solidarity. In particular, it explores the ways in which 2014 was a generative moment of renewal, anchored by the concurrent bombardment of Gaza and occupation of Ferguson. The lecture also identifies the ways in which such renewal of solidarities is resonate with, but independent of, the previous apex of Black-Palestinian solidarity of the late 1960s through the early 1980s. Exploring such difference takes into account a number of global, regional, and local transformations that are at the heart of an emergent transnational politics from North America.

Erakat is a human rights attorney and Assistant Professor at George Mason University, where she teaches in the legal studies, international studies and human rights concentrations of the School of Integrative Studies. Her research interests include humanitarian law, refugee law, national security law, and critical race theory. She is a co-founding editor of Jadaliyyae-zine and servers on the editorial committee of the Journal of Palestine Studies.

Prior to joining GMU’s faculty, Erakat served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, as a Legal Advocate for the Badil Resource 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. She is the co-editor of Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Juncturesand director of Gaza In Context, a pedagogical and documentary project on the Gaza Strip and Palestine. Erakat is also the producer of the short video, Black Palestinian Solidarity.

Erakat’s media appearances include CNN, MSNBC, CBSN, Fox News, PBS NewsHour, BBC World Service, NPR, Democracy Now!, and Al Jazeera. She has published in the Nation, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of BooksJezebelIntlLawGrrlsThe Hill, and Foreign Policy, among others. Erakat is the author of Justice for Some: Law in the Question of Palestine (forthcoming Stanford University Press, 2019).

The Global Solidarities Lecture Series is organized by Cutler Scholars in partnership with Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Middle East & North Africa Studies Certificate at Ohio University. Co-sponsors for individual lectures include the OHIO the Geography Department, the Center for Law, Justice, and Culture, the Center for International Studies, the Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics, and the LGBT Center.

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