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Images of Etel Adnan

Literatures of Annihilation, Exile, and Resistance

This event is taking place in remembrance of Etel Adnan, the beloved Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist, who passed away in November 2021. She is survived by her longtime partner, renowned Syrian Lebanese artist Simone Fattal.

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Letter protesting new Israel Government directive regarding selection of international scholars and students to teach and study in Palestinian Universities

Letter to Israeli authorities protesting the Government’s proposed policy regarding the selection of international scholars and students to teach and study in Palestinian universities, giving the Israeli military the unilateral power to select and exclude scholars and students and limiting their numbers significantly, while censoring certain disciplines and foci of research. If implemented, the policy would undermine Palestinian universities' ability to recruit appropriate faculty and curtail Palestinians' academic freedom.

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Middle East Scholars Vote to Endorse BDS

The membership of MESA has voted in favor of a resolution endorsing the Palestinian call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions of Israel as a way to hold the government accountable for ongoing human rights violations. MESA’s Board of Directors will implement it in a manner consistent with MESA’s bylaws as well as relevant U.S. federal, state, and local laws. The resolution states that the boycott will not target individual students or scholars, and reiterates the right of individual MESA members to choose whether or not they wish to participate in an academic boycott of Israeli institutions.

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Letter regarding the continued detention of translators, Kholoud Said and Marwa Arafa

Letter to Egyptian authorities expressing concern about the continued detention of Kholoud Said, a translator and the head of the Translation Unit of the publication department at Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), and free-lance translator Marwa Arafa, and calling for their immediate release.

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