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Discussion: Why Boycott? Why Israel? Transnational Indigenous Struggles Connecting Palestine and the US

In 2005, Palestinian activists launched the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to protest Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and colonization of Palestinian land. This conversation will explore the BDS movement in relation to indigenous struggles in the US, Palestine, and beyond by bringing together two scholars, Steven Salaita and Mark Rifkin, whose writing and activism challenges settler colonialism in both North America and Palestine.

Steven Salaita is Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech and this summer will become Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Salaita is the author of six books including The Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan. Salaita frequently writes about Arab Americans, indigenous activism, Palestine, and decolonization.

Mark Rifkin is Associate Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at UNC-Greensboro. Rifkin is President-Elect of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, one of three academic organizations to recently endorse the academic boycott of Israel. He is the author of four books including When Did Indians become Straight? Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty.

Co-sponsors: Concerned Scholars on Palestine at UNC and the Institute for Arts and Humanities.

Mon Apr 7 11pm – Tue Apr 8, 2014 1am GMT (no daylight saving)
201 Chapman Hall, UNC-CH (map)