Our Palestine / فلسطيننا
About the Symposium
In commemoration of Land Day, the Division of Humanities and Practicing Arts at Al-Quds Bard College, with support from the Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network (EHCN), will host events across the month of March that honor the many shapes and forms in which Palestinians have sustained a powerful counternarrative over and against the zionist narrative. The events explore how Palestinian experiences and histories have been communicated through creative practices as diverse as oral storytelling, fine arts, photography, digital media, social media, citizen journalism, filmmaking and literature. Our symposium takes place in the context of ongoing colonial violence in Sheikh Jarrah and throughout Palestine, past and present. The symposium builds on the momentum of the Palestinians’ determination to narrate their own lives and experiences across platforms and fields despite ongoing attempts at silencing. This event is part of EHCN’s “Reclaiming the Narrative” series.
Humanities and Practicing Arts Division
The Humanities and Practicing Arts Division at Al-Quds Bard College offers two major/minor programs: “Literature and Society” and “Digital Communications, Media, and the Arts.” Our programs are dedicated to fostering the next generation of Palestinian writers, media makers, filmmakers, journalists, and scholars. We aim to create a learning environment that is locally rooted and globally aware, producing graduates who are critical, active, creative and ready to confront any challenge. To learn more about our programs, visit bard.alquds.edu.
Al-Quds Bard College
Al-Quds Bard College (AQB) is a dual degree liberal arts college, founded in 2009 as a partnership between Al-Quds University and Bard College in New York. We offer nine bachelors’ degree programs: Biology, Computer Science, Digital Communications, Media & the Arts, Economics and Finance, Human Rights & International Law, Literature & Society, Molecular Genetics, Political Science, and Urban Studies & Spatial Practices, Additionally, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program serves teachers with specializations in history, social science, biology, English, and mathematics, using a liberal arts approach that promotes student-centered learning. The college has a dynamic mix of faculty from Palestine and around the world, and welcomes students from across Palestine and its diaspora.
Experimental Humanities Network, Bard College
Al-Quds Bard College is a partner institution of the Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network (EHCN) at Bard College. ECHN supports the development of innovative pedagogy, interdisciplinary research, and public engagement via digital, analog, and conceptual methods to build more just technological realities. At each partner institution, this collaboration fosters critical reflection, social justice, and practice-rich learning; digital and face-to-face public projects; and truly integrated interdisciplinary research that draws on history, theory, and experimental practice.
Cover Art Courtesy of Sliman Mansour
Thursday, March 17
Eco-Hike in Battir/Makhrour and Biodiversity Lecture
Full Day / Al-Makhrour and Battir
Participants learn about Palestine's biodiversity and the challenges of conducting environmental research as well as conducting conservation work in the context of the Israeli occupation. Students will hike in a UNESCO world heritage site, and learn about Palestinian farming practices past and present. Facilitated by the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity & Sustainability.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Decolonize Palestine: A Discussion with Rawan Eid & Fathi Nemer
11:00 - 12:20pm / ST-119
Founders, Rawan Eid and Fathi Nemer discuss their project, Decolonize Palestine, an independent, self-funded web platform that aims to fight mis- and dis-information about Palestine by providing educational resources to the general public. Hosted by the Student Club with support from the Social Sciences Division, recipient of the Student Initiatives Grant.
Monday, March 21, 2022
11:00 - 12:20pm / ST-120
Participants learn basic techniques of tatreez, including how to select colors, thread a needle, and begin stitching, as well as two traditional techniques of cross stitch. During the workshop, participants will each contribute to making the national Palestinian flag, which will be presented as a gift to our college as a symbol and commitment to our identity. Space is limited to 10 participants, rsvp required. Hosted by Samar Abedrabo, recipient of the Student Initiatives Grant.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Film Screening: Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001/Lebanon/56min)
11:00 - 12:20pm / ST-120
In preparation for the visit of acclaimed filmmaker, Mai Masri, on March 30, we screen one of her most renowned non-fiction films, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001, Lebanon). Hosted by the Cinema Club.
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Exhibition of Palestinian Resistance
11:00 - 12:20pm / ST-119
Student-curated exhibtion that celebrates Palestinian arts and culture. Hosted by Toqa Jawabreh, Urjwan Najjar, Samar Abedrabo, and Hana Ishkirat (Art Committee), Recipients of Student Initiatives Grant
Rooted /متجذرون: Photography Panel and Exhibition
12:30 - 14:00 / ST-120
Acclaimed photographers, Tanya Habjouqa and Wahaj Bani Muflih, discuss how they use photography to tell the stories of Palestine and its people. The artists’ work will be on exhibition from Sunday, March 27th - Sunday, April 2nd at Al-Quds Bard College. Tanya Habjouqa will join from abroad via video call.
12:30 - 12:40: Welcome and Introduction by Lubaba Alhasani (Student)
12:40 - 13:00: Tanya Habjouqa (Panelist #1)
13:00 - 13:20: Wahaj Hamayel (Panelist #2)
13:20 - 13:30: Rawan Sharaf (Moderator)
13:35 - 14:00: Q&A with Audience, moderated by Rawan Sharaf
Tanya Habjouqa Zoom Link: https://alquds.zoom.us/j/91279028689
*Majd Aburrub is a co-host
Videography: Luna Zaher
Pop-Up Podcast: Hala Alanani
Volunteers to help mount exhibition on Saturday, March 26th: Bushra Mahmoud, Jude
Volunteers to help with logistics and hospitality on Sunday, March 27th:Jack Bandak & Bashar AlKassis
Monday, March 28, 2022
AQU As-Sheir Hall
9:00 - 10:50: Our Palestine /فلسطيننا
We begin our main symposium day with an oral history from award winning storyteller, Daneed Asad, followed by a short lecture by Dr. Abdel Fattah Abusrour (Bethlehem University/Alrowwad Culture and Arts Society) on the role of oral history and storytelling in the Palestinian struggle against occupation. Next, we hear from Ahmad Qadi (7amleh) and Dr. Yara Hawari (El-Shabakeh) about how Palestinian narratives are reaching new audiences despite significant obstacles. Q&A moderated by AQB DCMA Program Head, Saida Hamad. Welcome and opening remarks by Dr. Dan Terris, Al Quds Bard College Dean.
9:00 - 9:10: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Dr. Dan Terris, AQB Dean
9:10 - 9:15: Introduction by Saida Hamad
9:15 - 9:45: Danees Asaad, Storyteller
9:45 - 10:00: Dr. Abdel Fattah Abusrour, Bethlehem University
10:00 - 10:15: Ahmad Qadi, 7amleh حملة
10:15 - 10:30: Dr. Yara Hawari, Al-Shabakeh
10:30 - 10:50: Q&A with Saida Hamad
11:00 - 12:20: Resistance and the Arts / الفن المقاوم
World renowed artist, Sliman Mansour, discusses the role of the arts in sheding light on the Palestinian movement for liberation as well as inspiring people to keep hope alive. He discusses the narrative arc of his own work from the 1970s until today. Q&A moderated by Rawan Sharaf.
11:00 - 11:10: Introduction by Sara Alqobbaj (Student)
11:10 - 11:20: Introduction by Rawan Sharaf
11:20 - 12:00: Sliman Mansour
12:00 - 12:20: Q&A moderated by Rawan Sharaf
12:30 - 13:50: Lunch
Participants enjoy lunch in small groups. Student volunteers facilitate conversation on the day’s events. Space is limited, rsvp required.
Volunteers Lunch Facilitators:
- Saba Banat
- Qais Ayasa
- Shima Faroun
14:00 - 15:20: Palestinian Identity Through Dance
Noora Baker, Head of Production at El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe, and member since 1987, discusses the history, vision and mission of El-Funoun, charting its role in reviving Palestinian dance and music folklore since its inception in 1979, as well as in creating new forms of movement and dance that are unique to Palestine.
14:00 - 14:10: Introduction by Hala Alanani (Student)
14:10 - 14:20: Introduction by Moderator, Saida Hamad
14:20 - 15:00: Noora Baker and El-Funoun Video
15:00 - 15:20: Q&A moderated by Saida Hamad
15:30 - 16:50: Citizen Journalism & the Poetics of Future Palestine / اعلامو شاعرية الجيل الرابع
Activist and Poet Mohammad El-Kurd discusses the role of poetics and citizen journalism in advocating for justice and truth-telling amidst a climate of mis- and dis-information about Palestine. His activism envisions the future at the same time that it intervenes in the present. Q&A moderated by AQB alum, Dalia Alayassa.The fFeatured speaker will join from abroad via video call.
15:30 - 15:40: Introduction by Toqa Jawabreh and Urjuwan Najjar (Students)
15:40 - 15:50: Introduction by Dalia Alayassa
15:50 - 16:30: Discussion with Mohammad El-Kurd
16:30 - 16:50: Audience Q&A moderated by Dalia Alayassa
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
3000 Nights: An Afternoon with Filmmaker Mai Masri
11:00 - 14:00 / AQU Al-Sheir Hall
We welcome award winning filmmaker, Mai Masri, to screen her most recent film, 3000 Nights (2015, 1hr 43min). After the film, Mai Masri discusses how her filmmaking has coalesced with the struggle for Palestinian liberation and the right of return. Q&A moderated by AQB Humanities and Practicing Arts Fellow and AQB alum, Majd Aburrub.
11:00 - 11:10: Welcome and Introduction by Saida Hamad
11:10 - 13:00: Film Screening (1hr 43min)
13:00 - 13:10: Majd Aburrub (Moderator)
13:10 - 14:00: Q&A with Audience, moderated by Majd Aburrub
Volunteers: Sabreen Hajahja
Thursday, March 31st
Olive Tree Planting and Biopolitics Lecture
Full Day / Beit Jala
Participants learn about the many ways in which Israeli settler colonialism threatens local and longstanding Palestinian olive groves and farms, as well as how Palestinian farmers and their allies are advocating for their rights. Students will plant olive trees in support of local farmers, and will join farmers for an outdoor lunch. Facilitated by the Joint-Advocacy Initiative.
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Al-Quds Bard College
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