Karam Dana Lecture

Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
PALMTN Davis Auditorium
Event Type
Special Programs

The Power of Palestine: Imperishable in a Transnational World

Admission is free and open to the public 

A critical analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Karam Dana

Associate Professor of Middle East Politics and Islamic Studies, University of Washington Bothell

with an introduction by Feryaz Ocakli

Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Political Science, Skidmore College

Palestinian self-determination and sovereignty fade away with every Israeli settlement expansion on Palestinian land, and every US foreign policy decision that further empowers the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories. Public opinion data from Palestine highlight Palestinian society’s awareness of the challenges they face in their daily lives, and how they see their future moving forward. Palestinian resistance has become more efficiency-based and increasingly focused on finding new ways to challenge Israel and its policy towards Palestinians. These new transnational approaches have made Palestine more central to the domestic politics of many countries, including the United States.

Karam Dana is Associate Professor of Middle East Politics and Islamic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. Dr. Dana is currently a visiting scholar at both Columbia University and Brown University. Prior to joining the UW faculty, he held post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for American Political Studies, and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His interdisciplinary scholarship explores how transnational political identities are formed and shaped with a particular focus on Palestine. Dr. Dana is also one of the leading scholars of American Muslims, and is the founding director of the “American Muslim Research Institute.” His research is widely published in leading social science and interdisciplinary academic journals. In addition to his research, Dr. Dana views teaching to be at the heart of his intellectual endeavor. He was selected from among his faculty peers to be the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Washington. 

This presentation is part of the Jacob Perlow Event Series sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Special Programs. 

About the Jacob Perlow Series: A generous grant from the estate of Jacob Perlow - an immigrant to the United States in the 1920s, a successful business man deeply interested in religion and philosophy, and a man who was committed to furthering Jewish education - supports annual lectures and presentations to the College and Capital District community on issues broadly related to Jews and Judaism.

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