Whitman College

Dialogue & Dignity Series: Liora Halperin

The Dialogue & Dignity Series includes speakers, workshops, and conversations aimed at building appreciation for discussion that includes different points of view for the development of understanding and good solutions to our most pressing issues.

Please join us on Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 7 p.m. in Brattain Auditorium for a public talk titled “Gaza, Israel, Palestine: Histories of the Present,” by guest speaker Liora Halperin, Professor of International Studies and History, and Distinguished Endowed Chair of Jewish Studies, at University of Washington.

Halperin is a historian of Israel/Palestine with particular interests in nationalism and collective memory, Jewish cultural and social history, language ideology and policy, and the politics of colonization and settlement. She is the author of “The Oldest Guard: Forging the Zionist Settler Past,” a study of the European Jewish agricultural colonies established in late 19th-century Ottoman Palestine and the politics of their 20th-century commemoration. She is also the author of “Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948,” which was awarded the Shapiro Prize from the Association for Israel Studies for the best book in Israel Studies. 


Dialogue & Dignity Series Schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium
Professor Zareena Grewal (Yale University)
“Reading Muslims: Race, Islam and the War on Terror”

Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium
Dr. Mira Sucharov (Carleton University)
“Identity & Justice in Israel / Palestine”

Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium
Edina Lekovic (UCLA)
“Groundhog Day: Weaponizing Islamophobia for War & Votes

Feb 28-29 - Workshops on Nonviolent Communication with Aya Caspi and Dr. Roxy Manning

Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Brattain Auditorium (different location)
Dr. Liora Halperin (University of Washington)
“Gaza, Israel, Palestine: Histories of the Present”

Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium
Dr. Omer Bartov (Brown University)
“The Never Again Syndrome: Uses and Misuses of Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Global Politics”

March 27-28 - Workshops on Mindful Communication with Dr. Ranjeeta Basu

Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium
Professor Ethan Katz (UC Berkeley)
"Is Anti Zionism Anti Semitism: new perspectives?"

Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium
Dr. Sarah Eltantawi (Fordham University)
"Islamophobia and the Shift from a Unipolar to a Multipolar World"

Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium
Professor David Myers (UCLA) and Dr. Hussein Ibish (Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington)
“How Did We Get Here? A Multi-Lens on the History of Israel-Palestine”

Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in Olin Auditorium
Dr. Sa'ed Atshan (Swarthmore College)
“Understanding Gaza: Tracing Violence and Reconciliation in Palestine/Israel”

Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 pm

Hall of Science, Brattain Auditorium
810 East Isaacs, Walla Walla, WA 99362

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Faculty, Staff, Students, General Public


President's Office, Division of Inclusion Excellence, Dean of Students


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