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DATE: November 19, 2004
UM-Dearborn "teach-in" will look at issues
of politics, peace and justice in the Middle East
DEARBORN---"Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: A Teach-In on Politics,
Peace and Justice in the Middle East" will be the topic of a discussion
at the Center for Arab American
Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Nov. 30.
The discussion will focus on the 25-foot wall hundreds of miles long
that is being constructed by Israel between its territory and the West
Bank. The UM-Dearborn discussion, featuring presentations by Israeli and
Palestinian scholars, artists and activists, will begin at 6 p.m. in Room
1030 in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building, and is free
and open to the public.
The talk will be followed by three discussions on related topics in UM-Dearborn's
University Center on Dec. 1, featuring scholars from Al-Quds University
in the West Bank, Tel Aviv University in Israel and City University of
New York, UM-Dearborn, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Community College
and other institutions in the area.
Topics for the Dec. 1 discussions are "Geography is (Not) Destiny:
American Studies as Area Studies"; "Memories, Memorials and
Museums: Culture in the Time of War"; and "Activist Scholarship
and Feminist Politics: Perspectives on Violence, War and Peace."
"We are very excited about the intellectual dimensions that will
be raised in these discussions, and the possibilities for collaboration
that will emerge for scholars from this area with those in the Middle
East and elsewhere," according to Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, director
of UM-Dearborn's Center for Arab American Studies.
UM-Dearborn has recently received a federal grant to support a collaborative
program in American studies with Al-Quds University in the West Bank.
The director of the American Studies Institute at Al-Quds, Prof. Mohammed
Dajani, is one of the featured speakers at the UM-Dearborn event.