Palestine: What Aren't We Hearing and How is Peace and Possible?

MONDAY, April 26th @ 6 PM
Southern Illinois University
Student Center, Video Lounge
Carbondale, IL
SIUC is at 1255 Lincoln Dr. Keynote speech for a week-long of series of Middle Eastern Films/events being showcased and discussed by History Department faculty. The week is part of Asian American Heritage Month, sponsored by Student Development-Multicultural Programs & Services, Campus Habitat, Chinese Student and Scholar Assn., Graduate and Professional Student Council, Hispanic Student Council, Indian Student Assn., Japanese Student Assn, Kendo Club, Malaysian Student Assn. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, School of Music, Shikendo Club, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, SIUC Student Center-Craft Shop, Student Fine Arts Activity Fee Committee, Taiwanese Student Assn. Underground Arts, United Asian American Council

THURSDAY, April 30th @ 6:30 PM
Indiana University - Purdue
CE 278, 420 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN
Sponsor is IUPUI Council for Strategic and International Affairs (CSIA)

Anna Baltzer, Jewish American award-winning speaker, author, former Fulbright scholar, granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, and recent guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, is coming to town with her acclaimed presentation about the conflict and what you can do to bring peace and justice to Israel/Palestine.

Baltzer has lived and worked part-time in the Middle East for more than 7 years. She has appeared on television more than 200 times and lectured at more than 400 universities, schools, churches, mosques, synagogues, think tanks, and other policy institutes around the world with her book, Witness in Palestine. In 2009, Baltzer received the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Rachel Corrie Peace & Justice Award and a Certificate of Commendation from the Governor of Wisconsin for her commitment to a justice in the Holy Land. She is a contributor to four upcoming books on the subject and serves on the Middle East committee of the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom and the Board of Directors of The Research Journalism InstituteGrassroots Jerusalemand For more information about Baltzer's work, visit
Watch Baltzer’s interview on the Daily Show alongside Palestinian presidential candidate and nonviolence leader:

Following her presentation, Baltzer will be selling and signing copies of her book: Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories


“Baltzer sheds light on the important political, historical, and emotional complexities of the challenges facing Israel and Palestine.”            
--Jim Doyle, Governor of Wisconsin

“Even those who are familiar with the grim reality of the occupied territories will quickly be drawn into a world they had barely imagined by these vivid, searingly honest, intensely acute portrayals.”                           
--Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus & Middle East Specialist

For more information, visit

‘American Radical’ Norman Finkelstein to give public lecture at Beloit College on April 12

Norman Finkelstein giving a talk at Suffolk Un...Image via Wikipedia

Hailed as a courageous scholar and truth teller by some and denounced as a Jewish “anti-Semite” by others, Norman Finkelstein is easily described as a polarizing figure who writes and speaks openly and often about his views regarding one of the world's most debated conflictsThis internationally recognized Jewish-American scholar on the Israel-Palestine conflict will discuss his views and his latest book “This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion” in a public lecture at Beloit College, in Wisconsin, on Monday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Center for the Sciences.
The appearance is being sponsored by the Beloit College Political Science Department, the Peace & Justice Club, MUN Club, International Club, Pagan Fellowship, and The Office of Intercultural Affairs. A Q&A session will follow Dr. Finkelstein’s presentation. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.
A documentary about Finkelstein titled “American Radical: Trials of Norman Finkelstein” (see trailer) is currently on the screening circuit and will play in Chicago on April 24 at the Chicago Palestine Film Festival. Avi Shlaim, an Arab-Israeli Historian and professor of international relations at Oxford, has called Finkelstein a “very able, very erudite and original scholar who has made an important contribution to the study of Zionism, to the study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, in particular, to the study of American attitudes towards Israel and towards the Middle East."
Finkelstein, who earned his Ph.D. in politics at Princeton University, is the son of Holocaust survivors and is the author of several books including “Beyond Chutzpah: On the misuse of anti-Semitism and the abuse of history” (University of California Press, 2005). A more complete biography is available on his Web site
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