Palestine and Israel: Conversations about culture and history

Monday, November 27, 2023 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST

Since its launch in 2021, the Foundation for Palestinian Studies Fund at the University of Waterloo has provided our students, faculty, staff, and wider community with the opportunity to learn about the rich and complex body of scholarly, artistic, literary, creative, and popular works generated by Palestinians spanning the globe.

In this ongoing lecture series, we learn about and engage with each other to understand new perspectives and to work for peace in this often volatile region of the world. Right now, when Palestinians and Israelis alike are suffering and the humanitarian situation is deteriorating, we will come together again to talk and to listen.

Please join us online or in-person on November 20 and 27 for these two important events. Registration is required.

Palestine and the Culture of Denial: A lecture by Saree Makdisi

Monday, November 20, 2023, 7 p.m.
Federation Hall, University of Waterloo

About the speaker

Saree Makdisi

Dr. Saree Makdisi is Professor and Chair of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. His teaching and research are situated at the crossroads of several different fields, including British Romanticism, imperial culture, colonial and postcolonial theory and criticism, and the cultures of urban modernity, particularly the revision and contestation of charged urban spaces, including London, Beirut and Jerusalem. He has also written extensively on the afterlives of colonialism in the contemporary Arab world, and, in addition to his scholarly articles, has also contributed pieces on current events to a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the London Review of Books. Makdisi’s most recent book is Tolerance is a Wasteland: Palestine and the Culture of Denial (University of California Press, 2022).

Registration for this event is now closed.

What a Difference a Year Makes in Israel-Palestine: A lecture by Jon Allen

Monday, November 27, 2023, 7 p.m.
Federation Hall, University of Waterloo

About the speaker

Jon Allen

Jon Allen (LL.B., LL.M.) is a Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. He joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs in 1981 and has held numerous posts including Director General, North America Bureau (2001-2004) and Minister (Political Affairs) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington (2004-2006). As Assistant Deputy Minister, Americas (2010-2012), he managed Canada’s relations with North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. From 2006 to 2010, Allen was Canada’s Ambassador to Israel. From 2012 to 2016 he was Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. Allen is currently a Distinguished Fellow of the Canada International Council, the Chair of Project Rozana Canada, a not for profit whose objective is to build bridges between Palestinians and Israelis via the health sector, and a Member of the Board of AmbCanada.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Details and proceedings for both events

Registration is required for in-person and online attendance. For those attending in-person, proof of registration is required at the reception area.

  • Lecture: 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Moderated Q and A: 8 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Reception for the in-person audience: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Paid visitor parking is available for $6 in Lot M across from Federation Hall (pay by credit card or exact change).

This lecture series is made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends. We extend sincere appreciation to the donors who contributed to the Foundation for Palestinian Studies Fund. The November 20 and 27 lectures are also sponsored by the Global Institutions, Diplomacy and Justice  research cluster at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.