Don't miss the Palestine Week talks at the AUC

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 7 May 2024

Atef Abu Saif
Atef Abu Saif


American University in Cairo

New Cairo Campus

Palestine Week - Teach-in Series: From the Nakba in 1948 to the Ongoing War on Gaza…Understand and Act (12-16 May)

"Palestine Week - Teach-in Series: From the Nakba in 1948 to the Ongoing War on Gaza…Understand and Act". The week will offer various talks and discussions in commemoration of the 1948 Nakba and the current ongoing war on Gaza. Topics: The Politics of Majorities and Minorities before 1948, Boycotting and Student Activism in Support of the Palestinian Cause, Theories and Traditions of Palestinian Resistance, and Palestine and the International Court of Justice.


Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Downtown, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446

Oriental Hall 

Sun 12, 6-8pm: In commemoration of the 1948 Nakba, and as the Palestinian people currently face a new one in Gaza, Alternative Policy Solutions at the AUC is hosting Palestinian minister of culture (April 2019- April 2024) and author of ten novels Atef Abu Saif in a public talk entitled “The Palestinian Nakba... A Cultural Perspective”. The Palestinian Nakba has a cultural and knowledge component, which was revealed by the occupation army in its war against Gaza, as well as by Zionist gangs during the Nakba. Targeting the cultural sector and tangible heritage in the Gaza Strip is not “collateral damage,” but rather a fundamental feature of the Zionist project. The talk addresses the cultural component of the Palestinian Nakba from 1948 till now. It provides an understanding of the struggle over narratives and the systemic destruction of the Palestinian culture and knowledge by the occupation before and during the current war. 

Mon 13, 6-8pm: “The New Palestinian Nakba and Global Resistance to Colonialism” public talk features Anuradha Mittal, Founder and Executive Director of The Oakland Institute and Chair of the Independent Board for Ben & Jerry’s. She was named the “Most Valuable Thinker” by The Nation magazine in 2008.

Land grabbing has been one of the main colonial strategies used in Palestine since the 1948 Nakba. The talk will discuss how land grabbing has complemented wars as means for colonial expansion, how governments and different institutions profiteer from it, and the role of divestment in countering this expansion. 
The talks will be moderated by Rabab El-Mahdi, associate professor of political science at the AUC and Director of Alternative Policy Solutions (APS).





American University in Cairo

New Cairo Campus

Mohamed Shafik Gabr Lecture Hall, Conference and Visitors Centre

Sun 12, 1-2pm: "Why Does Terrorist Threat Enhance the Appeal of Conservatism? New Insights into the Role of Emotion and Boundary Conditions for Ideological Shifts" lecture will feature

Fade Eadeh, Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at Seattle University, who will discuss how anger drives attitude change and the appeal of conservatism in response to terrorist threats.

The Sullivan Lounge

Mon 13, 1-2pm: Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at Seattle University Fade Eadeh gives an interesting talk on how threatening events can impact political beliefs and behaviors. The discussion will focus on topics such as terrorism, COVID-19, and environmental threats. During the talk, Dr. Eadeh will provide an overview of the major theories on threat and political behaviors to determine which theory is best equipped to explain how threatening events can shape people's political preferences and behaviors. 



Gezira Arts Centre

1 Al-Sheikh Al-Marsafi St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2737 3298

Sat 11, 5-6pm: “History and Variety of Sushi” lecture will feature

Mitsutoshi Hibino, Sushi researcher, Professor at Aichi Shukutoku University, Honorary Director of the Shimizu Sushi Museum. Screening recorded lecture with Arabic interpretation. 

* A version of this article appears in print in the 9 May, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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