[act-ma] 3/25 Understanding Palestine and Israel: History Matters (Wed)

Janet janet at communitychangeinc.org
Wed Mar 11 10:41:38 PDT 2009

Community Change, Inc.
Antiracism Brown Bag Discussion Series
CCI Challenging Structural Racism since 1968
Come meet some of Boston’s top authorities on the Palestine/Israel  
conflict, learn the history, ask questions, and hear stories from the  
occupied territories in our series Understanding Palestine and Israel.



  The first in our series, HISTORY MATTERS will cover the origin and  
evolution of the conflict, highlighting the pre-and post 1948 war up  
to the present, including the emergence of Hamas’s dispute with the  
Palestinian Authority and its Fatah component. The two-state and one- 
state solutions will be explained and evaluated. Woven into the talk  
will be the impact of the conflict on the development of racism and  
discriminatory acts against Arabs and Muslims in this country.
  														March 25, 2009 (Wednesday)
12 noon – 1:30 pm

Community Change Library on Racism

14 Beacon Street, Room 605

											Boston MA 02108

  Presenter: ELAINE C. HAGOPIAN: Professor Emerita of Sociology,  
Simmons College, Boston. She was Visiting Professor and Distinguished  
Lecturer at the American University of Beirut and the American  
University in Cairo respectively. She served with UNESCO and UNICEF  
in the Middle East. She was awarded two Fulbright-Hays Faculty  
research Grants for research in the Middle East.

The current public discourse around race assumes that we live in a  
color-blind society where the American Dream is attainable by all  
individuals who work hard enough. This deeply flawed discourse  
obscures the racial disparities in employment, education, criminal  
justice, housing, health care, etc. and provides a powerful but  
faulty rationale for leaving our systems and institutions the way  
they are. The issues presented at the Community Change Brown Bag  
Discussion Series are concrete examples of the structural racism that  
affects the lives of all, most acutely communities of color. The 2009  
Series places these issues in their social/historical context and  
gives attendees a truthful discourse, as well as ways to put that  
discourse into action, in order to challenge institutional and  
systemic racism.

janet at communitychangeinc.org

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