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DATE: November 19, 2004

UM-Dearborn "teach-in" will look at issues of politics, peace and justice in the Middle East

DEARBORN---"Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: A Teach-In on Politics, Peace and Justice in the Middle East" will be the topic of a discussion at the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Nov. 30.

The discussion will focus on the 25-foot wall hundreds of miles long that is being constructed by Israel between its territory and the West Bank. The UM-Dearborn discussion, featuring presentations by Israeli and Palestinian scholars, artists and activists, will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 1030 in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building, and is free and open to the public.

The talk will be followed by three discussions on related topics in UM-Dearborn's University Center on Dec. 1, featuring scholars from Al-Quds University in the West Bank, Tel Aviv University in Israel and City University of New York, UM-Dearborn, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Community College and other institutions in the area.

Topics for the Dec. 1 discussions are "Geography is (Not) Destiny: American Studies as Area Studies"; "Memories, Memorials and Museums: Culture in the Time of War"; and "Activist Scholarship and Feminist Politics: Perspectives on Violence, War and Peace."

"We are very excited about the intellectual dimensions that will be raised in these discussions, and the possibilities for collaboration that will emerge for scholars from this area with those in the Middle East and elsewhere," according to Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, director of UM-Dearborn's Center for Arab American Studies.

UM-Dearborn has recently received a federal grant to support a collaborative program in American studies with Al-Quds University in the West Bank. The director of the American Studies Institute at Al-Quds, Prof. Mohammed Dajani, is one of the featured speakers at the UM-Dearborn event.

For more information, contact the Center for Arab American Studies at UM-Dearborn at (313) 583-6334, or at caas@umd.umich.edu.

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