Opinions expressed by the speakers at the event are their own, and not those of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
This high-powered panel featuring leading advocates for Palestinian rights will address mounting efforts by U.S. political leaders, right-wing lobbying groups, and college and university administrators to silence pro-Palestinian speech on American campuses and criminalize support for BDS, a nonviolent movement that seeks to pressure Israel to end its violations of Palestinian human rights. Topics will include a new Trump administration policy that threatens to withdraw federal funding from institutions that allow pro-Palestinian speech critical of Israeli policy; a recent bipartisan vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to condemn BDS; and a formal statement released by the UMass chancellor last month condemning this panel. The event is a follow-up to the Media Education Foundation’s panel Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech & the Battle for Palestinian Rights, which drew a capacity crowd at the Fine Arts Center this past spring despite an organized effort by right-wing pro-Israel pressure groups to smear its participants and shut it down.
About the Event
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. A professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, he is best known for his books, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.
Panel Discussion Featuring:
Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian-American political activist and co-founder of MPower Change, the largest Muslim-led social and racial justice organization in the nation. She is also former co-chair of the Women’s March.
Shaun King is a journalist and activist, CEO and Founder of The North Star, Writer in Residence at Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project, and one of the leading voices of the Black Lives Matter movement.
CEO & Founder, The North Star
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. An acclaimed college lecturer, he is the author of seven books, including the bestselling White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.
Omar Barghouti is a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. He received the Gandhi Peace Award in 2017.
Dima Khalidi is the founder and director of Palestine Legal and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). She oversees Palestine Legal’s array of legal and advocacy work to protect people speaking out for Palestinian rights from attacks on their civil and constitutional rights.