Session Day: 
First Day
International and Regional Dimensions
Session Date: 
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Session's Program: 

Global Power and International Solidarity

Noam Chomsky

Means of Activating the Arab Role

Sinan Antoon

Changes on the International Scene

Noura Erakat

About the session: 

11am - 1pm ET

The first panel of the conference will discuss topics of global power and international solidarity, means of activating the Arab role, and changes on the international scene.

Live interpretation into Arabic is provided.

About the speakers: 

Noam Chomsky: is the founder of modern linguistics as well as one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world. He has written more than 100 books, his most recent being “Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.”  Chomsky is currently Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona, after spending most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sinan Antoon: is an Iraqi-born poet, novelist, scholar, and translator. He has published two collections of poetry and four novels. His most recent work is The Book of Collateral Damage (Yale University Press, 2019). His translations include In the Presence of Absence by Mahmoud Darwish, which won the American Literary Translators Association Prize, and Saadi Youssef’s Nostalgia; My Enemy. Antoon’s translation of his own novel, The Corpse Washer, won the 2014 Saif Ghobash Prize for Literary Translation. His scholarly works include The Poetics of the Obscene: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf (Palgrave, 2014) and articles on the poetry of Mahmoud, Darwish, Sargon Boulus, and Saadi Youssef. In 2003 Antoon returned to his native Baghdad to co-produce About Baghdad, a documentary about the lives of Iraqis under occupation. His essays and op-eds have appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, and LA Review of Books. He is co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya and associate professor at New York University.

Noura Erakat: is a human rights attorney, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University, and non-resident fellow of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School. Noura is the author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019), which received the Palestine Book Award and the Bronze Medal for the Independent Publishers Book Award in Current Events/Foreign Affairs. She is co-founding editor of Jadaliyya and editorial board member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. She has served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the US House of Representatives, as Legal Advocate for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, and as national organizer of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Noura has also produced video documentaries, including "Gaza In Context" and "Black Palestinian Solidarity."

Muhammad Ali Khalidi: is Presidential Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York Graduate Center, and has worked on philosophical aspects of the question of Palestine, including refugee rights, the right of political self-determination, and the ethics of war. He serves on the Institute for Palestine Studies Board of Trustees and is chair of the Research Committee.

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