Editors/authors present two new books on the Israeli/Palestinian conundrum
Australia-based co-editor and contributor Antony Loewenstein presents the new anthology After Zionism: One State for Israel/Palestine (Antony Loewenstein, Ahmed Moor, Saqi Books 2012), and contributor Saree Makdisi sums up his argument in the essay "The Power of Narrative: Reimagining the Palestinian Struggle." Author Marcy Jane Knopf-Newman presents her new book The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2011) and participates in the conversation, which will invite audience participation, moderated by UC Irvine historian Mark LeVine.
Antony Loewenstein is an independent Australian journalist, activist and blogger. He is the author of two bestselling books, My Israel Question and The Blogging Revolution, co-editor of Left Turn and has written for the Guardian, the Nation, Huffington Post, Haaretzi and other prominent publications. He is currently working on a book and documentary about disaster capitalism. He lives in Sydney, Australia. Visit antonyloewenstein.com.
Marcy Jane Knopf-Newman is a teacher, writer and activist who was born and raised in Los Angeles. For the past six years, she has been living and teaching in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Ms. Newman has worked with various organizations including the Middle East Children's Alliance, Badil, the Palestinian Boycott National Committee, Nasawiya, and the Anti-Racism Movement. She is the co-founder of the Nahr el Bared Relief Campaign and the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. She the author of The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans, the proceeds of which are donated to the Middle East Children's Alliance. Visit marcynewman.com.
Saree Makdisi is an American literary critic of Palestinian and Lebanese descent, specializing in 18th-19th century British literature. He also writes on contemporary Arab politics and culture. He is the author of Palestine Inside Out, an Everyday Occupation and other books. Makdisi currently holds the title of Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA. Born in the United States, his father, Samir Makdisi, is a Lebanese professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut and his mother, Jean Said Makdisi, is a Palestinian independent scholar (formerly of Beirut University College). He is the nephew of the late literary scholar, Edward Said. In 2009, Makdisi gave the Edward Said Memorial Lecture at Adelaide University. He spent his early years in the United States, moving to Lebanon at the age of eight. While he grew up in a Christian family, they lived in a largely Muslim neighborhood in Beirut. Visit sareemakdisi.net.
Mark LeVine (moderator) is a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a musician. He received his B.A. in comparative religion and biblical studies from Hunter College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University's Department of Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv and the Struggle for Palestine; Why They Don't Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil; An Impossible Peace: Oslo and the Burdens of History; and Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam. LeVine frequently travels throughout the MENA and is currently finishing a book on the 2010-2011 Arab uprisings. Visit his site, culturejamming.org.
Sponsor(s): Levantine Cultural Center. With support from the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Los Angeles, and Muslims for Progressive Values. Pacific Radio KPFK 90.7 FM is the media sponsor.