Tag: Israel-Palestine

Does Anyone Really Want Peace in the Middle East?

Joan Mandell
“Whose Story Do We Hear, Whose Story Do We Tell?: Choosing Narratives for Activism on Israel-Palestine”
Tuesday, November 6, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Boycott? Comparative Views from Israel/Palestine, Myanmar/Burma, South Africa/Azania, the US/Atzlan”
Wednesday, November 7, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Public Seminar
Thursday, November 8, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science Building

Co-sponsored by the UW Middle East Studies Program and the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

There are no suggested readings for Joan Mandell's visit. Instead, we have made three of her films available online for streaming (no downloads). The films are only available on computers within the UW campus network, and you'll need to use the username "soc994" and password "walsh" to be able to see them. To watch the films in a computer lab on campus, you might 1) bring headphones with you 2) bring a campus ID with you and borrow headphones from the lab's help desk or 3) use the computer lab in Van Hise that has headphones at each terminal.

Here are the links for the films:

JOAN MANDELL is the director of Olive Branch Productions, based in Detroit, Michigan, where she is a documentary producer, curator and educator. Her film and video career spans two decades and includes films for PBS, UNIFEM (United Nation's Women's Organization) and international broadcast. Her award-winning films, Tales from Arab Detroit, Gaza Ghetto, and Voices in Exile are widely taught on US college campuses. As a university educator, Joan Mandell has taught film and video production, international film history and media literacy at the University of California/Irvine, the College for Contemporary Studies, Detroit and to college students traveling around the world through the Semester-at-Sea program. Joan Mandell has lived and worked in the Middle East for nearly a third of her adult life. She was an instructor of English as a second language at Birzeit University, editor at Al Fajr newsweekly and a Fulbright Scholar to the West Bank/Palestine. She served on the editorial board of Middle East Report for two decades and has been an active member of the New Day Films cooperative for 12 years. Joan Mandell was a Felton Scholar in Media Literacy and an Affiliated Scholar at the von Grunebaum Center for Near East Studies at UCLA. She earned an MFA in Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.

Eyes in Gaza: What did we see? What can we do?

Mads Gilbert
"Eyes in Gaza: What did we see? What can we do?"
Thursday, April 12, 7pm, 180 Science Hall

This tour has been made possible by the Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund

Recently returned from his first visit to Gaza since Israel’s Dec. ’08 – Jan. ‘09 “Operation Cast Lead,” Dr. Mads Gilbert will discuss his experiences working alongside doctors in Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital during the Israeli attack and the relevance of Gaza in the broader context of US-Israeli foreign affairs today.

MADS GILBERT, M.D. Ph.D., is a specialist in anesthesiology and a leader of the emergency medicine department of University Hospital of North Norway, and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø. Gilbert is considered by many to be Norway’s most distinguished and celebrated surgeon. In addition to his research and practice at Tromsø hospital, he co-founded NORWAC, a Norwegian-Palestinian humanitarian aid organization. He has also played a central role in helping Tromsø send more health care workers to the Palestinian territories than any other city in the world. On numerous occasions since the 1970s, he has served as a doctor in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon. He worked in an underground Palestinian refugee camp hospital in Beirut during the 1982 Israeli invasion and bombardment of Lebanon, and he and his colleague, Dr. Erik Fosse, were two of only a small handful of westerners in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead from Dec. 27th 2008 to January 18th, 2009.