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The Seventh Annual Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto 2011

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Mar/07/2011 - 7:00 pm

The 7th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week: Institutional Complicity and Campus Resistance
March 7 - 13, 2011
Toronto, ON

We are very proud to announce our preliminary list of confirmed speakers along with the specific themes of each evening for IAW 2011. Mark your calendars with the different topics for each evening and speakers.

A complete list of speakers and events is available at:

MONDAY, March 7th: Interrogating Apartheid: Campus as a Site of Resistance
Speakers: Judy Rebick, Abigail Bakan, and SAIA (Students Against Israeli Apartheid)
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: University of Toronto, Fitzgerald Building, Room 103, 150 College Street
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid UofT– a working group of OPIRG-Toronto

Abigail Bakan is Professor of Political Studies and Chair of Undergraduate Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her publications include Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System (with Daiva Stasiulis), winner of the 2007 Canadian Women’s Studies Association annual book award; Employment Equity Policy in Canada: An Interprovincial Comparison (with Audrey Kobayashi); and Critical Political Studies: Debates and Dialogues from the Left (co-editor with Eleanor MacDonald). Her current research, with Yasmeen Abu-Laban, addresses Israel/Palestine from the perspective of racial contract theory. Abigail Bakan is member of the Faculty4Palestine, a committee of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.

Judy Rebick: bio to come.

TUESDAY, March 8th: Film Screening of "Jaffa, The Orange's Clockwork"
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Ryerson University, Room TBA

Jaffa, The Orange’s Clockwork is a political essay unfolding the story of the invention and the visual history of the world’s wide famous citrus fruit originated in Palestine and known around the world as "Jaffa oranges". While the orange become the symbol of the Zionist enterprise and of the state of Israel, for Palestinians it symbolizes the lost of their homeland and its destruction.

WEDNESDAY, March 9th: The Cultural and Academic Boycott
Speaker: Judith Butler
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Location: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 1160, 40 St. George Street.
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid – a working group of
OPIRG-Toronto, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid and Faculty for Palestine

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984 on the French Reception of Hegel. Judith Butler is the author of Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex" (Routledge, 1993), Undoing Gender (2004), Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging (with Gayatri Spivak in 2008), Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009). She is also active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics, and Jewish Voice for Peace. As well she is founding member of the Russell Tribunal for Palestinian Rights and a board member of the Jenin Theatre. She is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities.

THURSDAY, March 10th: York's Complicity in Apartheid: Art, Culture and Resistance
Speakers: Paul Kellogg, John Greyson and SAIA
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: York University, Stedman Lecture Hall A*
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid York

Paul Kellogg is an assistant professor in the Master of Arts Integrated Studies program at Athabasca University in Alberta. He received his Ph.D. (in Political Studies) from Queen's University, and his M.A. (in Political Science) from York University. While an undergraduate at York, he spent one year as editor of Excalibur. He has published articles in various journals including the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Contemporary Politics (U.K.), The International Journal of Zizek Studies, New Political Science (U.S.), and Political Studies (U.K.).

John Greyson is a Toronto video artist/filmmaker whose features, shorts and installations include Fig Trees (Best Documentary Teddy, Berlin Film Festival, 2009), Proteus (Diversity Award, Barcelona Gay Lesbian Film Festival, 2004), and Lilies (Best Film 'Genie', 1996). An associate professor in Film at York University, he was awarded the 2007 Bell Canada Award in Video Art.

FRIDAY, March 11th: State of the Siege, State of the Struggle: The Case for Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions
Speakers: Riham Barghouti and Ali Abunimah
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: University of Toronto, OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor Street West
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid - a working group of OPIRG-Toronto

Riham Barghouti is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, which is part of the BDS National Committee in Palestine. Riham is also a founding member of Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel. Adalah-NY has been carrying out a successful boycott campaign against Israel settlement builder Lev Leviev since 2007. Riham lived in Palestine from 1995- 2005, during which time she worked at Birzeit University and earned her Masters in Gender, Law and Development. She also holds a Masters in Education and is currently a teacher in New York City.

Ali Abunimah, a writer and commentator on Middle East and Arab-American affairs, lives in Chicago. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Jordan Times, Lebanon's Daily Star and Ha'aretz, among others. He is frequent guest on local, national and international radio and television programs. Abunimah lectures frequently at colleges in the United States. He was born in the United States and grew up in Europe. Both of his parents are originally from Palestine. Abunimah travels often to the Middle East and is a full-time researcher in social policy at the University of Chicago. Recent book contributions include "No Justice, No Peace," in "The Anti-Capitalism Reader," edited by Joel Schalit. New York: Akashic Books, 2002; "The US Media and the New Intifada" (with Hussein Ibish) in "The New Intifada," edited by Roane Carey. New York: Verso Books, 2001; "The Palestinian Right of Return" (with Hussein Ibish), Washington, DC: ADC, 2001; "The Media's Deadly Spin on Iraq" (with Rania Masri) in "Iraq Under Siege" edited by Anthony Arnove. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2002 (Updated Edition).


About IAW 2011

First launched in Toronto in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. Last year was incredibly successful with over 55 cities worldwide participating in the week's activities. In Toronto, IAW 2010 featured a full week of events celebrating 5 years of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) successes.

IAW 2011 takes place following a year of incredible successes for the BDS movement on the global level. Lectures, films, and actions will highlight some of these successes along with the many injustices that continue to make BDS so crucial in the battle to end Israeli Apartheid.

Endorsers of Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 so far:

Barrio Nuevo, BASICS, Free Community Newsletter, Canadian Arab Federation, Caribbean Studies Students’ Union (UofT), Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT, Centre for Women and Trans People at York, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Educators for Peace and Justice, Environmental Justice Toronto, Equity Studies Students’ Union (UofT), Faculty for Palestine, Graduate Geography and Planning Student Society (UofT), Graduate Students’ Association (York University), Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly, Health Studies Students’ Union (UofT), Independent Jewish Voices-Toronto, International Socialists - Toronto, District Labour for Palestine, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, Moyo Wa Africa, New Socialist Group, No One Is Illegal-Toronto, Not In Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism, Ontario Public Interest Research Group - Toronto, Ontario Public Interest Research Group - York, Palestine House, Public Health Social Justice Committee, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Ryerson Free Press Salaam, Queer Muslim Communities, Science for Peace Socialist Project, Sikh Activist Network-York, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, Teachers for Palestine, Toronto Free School, Toronto Haiti Action Committee, Toronto New Socialists, Graduate Students’ Union - Social Justice Committee (UofT), University of Toronto Students’ Union, Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance, Upping The Anti, Venezuela We Are With You, Coalition Women and Gender Studies Students’ Union (UofT), York University Free Press.

*to be confirmed