Middle East Studies Center Lunch & Learn: Women, War & Human Rights: Lessons from Afghanistan, Iraq & Palestine

Middle East Studies Center Lunch & Learn: Women, War & Human Rights: Lessons from Afghanistan, Iraq & Palestine

Date(s) - 05/09/2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Smith Memorial Student Union Room 294
1825 SW Broadway --Portland

In the War on Terrorism, women’s rights were initially invoked to justify military intervention, particularly in Afghanistan. In the words of Laura Bush, “ The fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women.” From “Shock and Awe” to drone strikes, Therese Saliba will look at the real effects on women’s lives from a decade of military interventions in the Middle East region, and the implications for women’s human rights.

Therese Saliba is faculty of third world feminist studies at Evergreen State College, Washington, and former Fulbright scholar in Palestine. She is co-­editor of two collections, Gender, Politics and Islam (Univ. Chicago Press, 2002) and Intersections: Gender, Nation and Community in Arab Women’s Novels (Syracuse University Press, 2002). Her essays on Arab and Palestinian feminisms, postcolonial literature, media representations, and Arab American experience have appeared in numerous journals and collections. Saliba is also former associate editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and the online Brill Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, where she serves on the International Advisory Board.

The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.

The Middle East Studies Center’s monthly brownbag Lunch & Learn series provides an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the Middle East through informal presentations and discussions with scholars and experts. Speakers address topical themes chosen to provide context for contemporary events in the region. These conversations provide a forum for the community to engage in thoughtful dialogue about the region, ask questions, and share their opinions.

Free and open to the public.

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