Thursday, March 5, 2015

"Censoring Palestine at the University: Free Speech and Academic Freedom at a Crossroads"

The academic gatekeepers  who cry “Islamophobia” in an  effort to prevent meaningful discourse on the role of religion in the worlds conflicts are having a conference tomorrow at UC Berkeley. The same groups that decry "normalization" and dialog - the same groups that shout down speakers they disagree with will be discussing "censorship".

"Censoring Palestine at the University: Free Speech and Academic Freedom at a Crossroads" is sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine, Council on American Islamic Relations-SF Bay Area, Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area Chapter, Students for Justice in Palestine-Berkeley and the Muslim Students Association.

March 6th, 2015
9:00AM- 6:30 PM
100 Boalt Hall School of Law
University of California, Berkeley

Panel One
9:30AM - 11:15AM
An Overview of Palestine at the Academy
Yaman Salahi, Staff Attorney at Asian Law Caucus
Rahim Kurwa, SJP UCLA
Taliah Mirmalek, SJP UC Berkeley
Moderator: Liz Jackson

Panel Two
11:30AM- 1:15PM
Typology of Palestine's Censorship at the Academy
Prof. Hilary Aked
Typology of Censorship
Prof. Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco
"Balancing" Moderates with Extremists: How Academic Administrators Demand Inclusion of Supporters of Occupation
Rahim Kurwa, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, UC Los Angeles
Censorship of pro-Palestinian Speech at the University of California since 2009

Panel Three
2:15PM - 4:00PM
Academic Discourses on Palestine: Structured Limits
Prof. Lara Deeb, Chair of Anthropology at Scripps College
Prof. Jessica Winegar, Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University.
Fears of Attacks on Academic Freedom: Anthropologists Navigate Israel/Palestine
Prof. Deborah A. Gordon, Chair and Associate Professor, Center for Women's Studies and Religion Department, Wichita State University
Honor Diaries: Islamophobia in Zionism's Retort to Palestine on Campus

Panel 4
4:30 - 6:30PM
Censoring Palestine at the University: Free Speech and Academic Freedom at a Crossroads
Prof. Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University
Censoring Palestine at the University: Free Speech and Academic Freedom at a Crossroads
Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies
Resisting the New McCarthyism: Campus Activism and Zionist Backlash at San Francisco State University
Dr. Hatem Bazian, Near Eastern and Asian American Studies Departments at UC Berkeley, Professor and Co-Founder of Zaytuna College.
Institutional Gate Keepers and Seamless Censorship

The audience appears to be rather limited

Censoring truth. This was a public conference in a public university yet the photographer was threatened for taking this snapshot.


Anonymous said...

7 people attended in the morning, with a gradual increase by the evening to maybe 40. The room was quite empty.

Mike L. said...

These kinds of forums are only meaningful to the extent that the ideas are spread, often with an academic publication.

We'll see if they publish based on the conference.

Gary Fouse said...

Crybaby conference.

Anonymous said...

Chant this...

From the River to the Sea,
Pal-e-SWINE Will Never Be!

Anonymous said...

Any panels on how Islam is at War with the entire world?

Any panels on ISIS beheadings of captives, of the immolation of captives, of their use of poison gas?

Or would that be Islamophobic to study why Islam has become associated with world-wide Terrorism?

wkovacs said...

held on shushan purim. as we learn through the story of purim, there are no such thing as coincidences

the only purpose of these forums is to make jewish and pro israel students feel less safe on campus

Meredith said...

Richard Falk is in the audience, and seems to be falling asleep.

Dusty said...

Hatem asked for papers before the conference

Anonymous said...

Censoring Pal-e-SWINE is censoring hate, murder, hijacking, stoning, stoning, shooting, beheading, missiles, fascism, assassination of RFK.

All in all, a good thing.