This April 5th through 7th a joint educational series sponsored by community and university organizations will feature three experts in health, human rights, and foreign policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Lecture Series entitled “Israel-Palestine from Bush to Obama: Health, Human Rights, and Foreign Policy” will be featuring Noam Chomsky, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and notable for his commentary on US foreign policy. Professor Chomsky will be speaking at the Orpheum Theater, 216 State Street at 7:30pm on Tuesday, April 7th in a lecture entitled, “Assessing the role of US Foreign Policy, Israeli Security, and Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.” Tickets to this event are $10 and can be purchased from the Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative on 426 W. Gilman Street, the Lakeside Printing Cooperative on 1334 Williamson Street, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice on 122 State Street #402, or the Orpheum Theater Box Office on 216 State Street.
As part of the April Lecture Series, the Center for Middle East Studies at UW-Madison will be hosting Dr. Rita Giacaman, a professor of public health at the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University in Ramallah, West Bank, and Dr Graham Watt, a professor of General Practice at the Medical College at University of Glasgow, Scotland. Both have contributed to the March 2009 Issue of the Lancet Medical Journal featuring a series of articles on health and humanitarian conditions in Palestine.
Dr. Giacaman will be giving a lecture entitled, “Health Conditions and Medical Service under Siege, 2006-2009” at First Unitarian Society of Madison, 900 University Bay Drive on Sunday, April 5th at 1:30pm.
Dr Watt will be giving a lecture entitled, “Human Rights, Dignity, and Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP)” at 3:30 pm on Monday, April 6th in room 206 Ingraham Hall, UW-Madison, 1155 Observatory Drive.
Professors Chomsky, Giacaman, and Watt will all be participating in a panel entitled, “Balance and Intimidation: Silencing the Debate on Palestine—the Lancet, March 2009, and other case studies” sponsored by Edgewood College. The Panel will be held on Tuesday, April 6th at 7:30pm at Anderson Auditorium, Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive.
Co-sponsors for the lecture series include: American Jews for a Just Peace; Association of Hispanic, Asian & Native American pre-med students; Campus Anti-War Network; Colombia Support Network; Dane County United Nations Association; Edgewood College Student Peace Group; Edgewood College; First Unitarian Society; Geoff and Reihana Robinson; Harvey Goldberg Center for the Study of Contemporary History; Haymarket Books; International Socialist Organization; Israeli Committee against House Demolitions-USA; Joe Deane; the Lakeside Printing Coop; Madison Area Peace Coalition; Madison-Rafah Sister City Project; Multicultural Students Organization; Persian Students Organization; Physicians for Social Responsibility; Playgrounds for Palestine; Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative; Students for Justice for Palestine; The Madison Institute; The Progressive Magazine; UW Center for East Asian Studies; UW Center for Global Health; UW Comparative Literature Graduate Student Association; UW Department of Comparative Literature; UW Distinguished Lecture Series; UW Havens Center; UW Middle East Studies Program; UW Population Health Studies; Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice; WORT 89.9fm Community Radio