One Hundred Years in Limbo: Understanding the Palestinian Diaspora

Friday October 13, 2017
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM


Speaker

Dr. Hatem Bazian

UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College

Location

The Fletcher School
160 Packard Ave.
Medford, MA 02155

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Directions & Parking

M200

Description

This fall marks one hundred years since the issuing of the Balfour Declaration establishing Britain's support for a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine, a time period that has seen constant periods of unrest, migration, and the reshaping of borders and regimes in the region. From the early confluence of British colonial aspirations and Jewish hopes for sovereignty to the ongoing refugee crisis and continuing military conflicts, there are several questions and lessons that can be gained from the interplay between economic opportunism, nationalist sentiments, international diplomacy, and the galvanizing but volatile power of identity-based politics. In this talk, we will specifically focus on the role of the Palestinian diaspora population in various parts of the world and how they have shaped the Palestinian national identity and self-determination struggle with distinguished historian Dr. Hatem Bazian. In light of the region's tumultuous last century, what roles might the diaspora population play in future negotiations and conflict resolution efforts?

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