Middle East Studies

Postponed | Running a University under Conditions of Settler Colonialism: Personal Reflections by Beshara Doumani, former President of Birzeit University

Beshara Doumani event poster

Monday, October 16, 2023

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer
This event is on campus and will not be livestreamed

This event is being postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

About the Event

An informal conversation with Beshara Doumani about his experience as president of Birzeit University. Some of the topics include the importance of liberal arts education in a settler colonial context, what the Palestinian condition can contribute to theorizing the politics and ethics of knowledge production, as well as rethinking the role of higher education, particularly in the context of technological change and the rise of for-profit universities.


About the Speaker
Beshara Doumani is the Mahmoud Darwish Chair for Palestinian Studies at Brown University and the former President of Birzeit University in Palestine. His research focuses on the social histories of peoples, places and time periods marginalized by mainstream scholarship on the early modern and modern Middle East. He also writes on academic freedom, the politics and ethics of knowledge production, and the Palestinian condition.