Academic Freedom and Palestine Taboo: DePaul’s Abraham to Speak at St Xavier in Chicago

We are not afraid: The issue of free speech, the question of Palestine and ending the code of fear and persecution for being human and demanding justice for the victims of the occupation and the expulsions emanating from the 1948 establishment of the State of Israel.

April 5, 2010 from 12:00 to 1:00 Professor Matthew Abraham to speak:

Matthew Abraham will speak on “The Courage to Refuse: Academic Freedom and the Question of Palestine” on April 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Board Room. It will combine lecture and audience participation. Abraham is an associate professor of writing, rhetoric and discourse at DePaul University and a member of the Illinois State Council of the American Association of University Professors. He has published widely and is completing a book manuscript titled Out of Bounds: Academic Freedom and the Question of Palestine for Pluto Press (London and Ann Arbor).

Professor Abraham during tenure travesty of Dr Norman Finkelstein

In his talk, Abraham will focus on several important academic freedom cases that have arisen in the last five years concerning scholars studying the Israel-Palestine conflict. While his remarks will emphasize the circumstances surrounding his former colleague, Norman G. Finkelstein, who was denied tenure at DePaul University in June 2007, he will address additional controversies that involved Joseph Massad (Columbia University), Joel Kovel (Bard College), Nadia Abu El-Haj (Barnard), Juan Cole (University of Michigan), John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Stephen Walt (Harvard Kennedy School of Government). Abraham will suggest how academics can work together to protect the academic freedom rights of academicians who wish to write critically about the history of Zionism, Israel’s treatment of the residents of occupied Palestine and the nature of the United States-State of Israel relationship.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Professors (SXU chapter), the Middle East Studies Program and Students for Justice in Palestine.

The event is free and open to the public.

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