Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights - UBC welcomes Nada Elia for our keynote address of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012.
Nada Elia is a diaspora Palestinian, born in Baghdad, Iraq, and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, where she grew up and worked as a journalist during the (un)Civil War, before coming to the US for her PhD. Nada currently teaches Global and Gender Studies at Antioch University- Seattle, where she coordinates and concentrates on the Global Studies area. Nada is a member of the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and has spoken around the country about academic boycott as a means to achieve the currently non-existent academic freedom in the US, Israel, and Palestine.
A scholar-activist, Elia is past president of AMEWS, the Association of Middle East Women's Studies, and currently serves on the steering collective of The Critical Ethnic Studies Association. She also serves, or has served, on a number of local grassroots activist organizations. She is a founding member of RAWAN (the Radical Arab Women's Activist Network); a former representative to the United Nations of AWSA (the Arab Women's Solidarity Association); a member of the Defense of Civil Rights in Academia; and a former member of the steering collective of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, where she co-chaired the Anti-Militarism, and Anti-Occupation taskforce.
Nada's publications on grassroots resistance, gender dynamics, and transnational solidarity have appeared in various progressive alternative media venues, from the Electronic Intifada to Left Turn and Make/Shift magazine, as well as some of the most prestigious academic journals (World Literature Today, Callaloo, Journal of the National Women's Studies Association, and others). More recently, she is devoting her time and energy to promoting and explaining the academic and cultural boycott as a strategy to end Israel's tragic violations of international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people of 1948 and '67, and the global diaspora.
Event sponsored by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR-UBC). Part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012.
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