2015 – Dr. Thomas Abowd: “Jerusalem and the Prospects for Peace in Palestine/Israel”

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The 15th Annual Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture was held 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Driscoll Center Auditorium at The University of Toledo and features Toledo native, Thomas Abowd, from Tufts University. The title of Dr. Abowd’s lecture is “Jerusalem and the Prospects for Peace in Palestine/Israel.”

Thomas Abowd teaches in the Departments of Anthropology, American Studies, and the Colonialism Program. He has been involved in activist and scholarly projects related to the Middle East for the last two decades, including the first U.S. student initiative to build a sister-university relationship between an American school and a Palestinian one in 1990. He completed his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Columbia University in 2003 and has done extensive research in Palestine and Israeli on the politics of urban space, housing policy, racial politics, and land law in contemporary Jerusalem. His newly released book is entitled Colonial Jerusalem: The Spatial Construction of Identity and Difference, Syracuse University Press (2014). Among his other publications is an article on the gendered politics of residential space in Jerusalem entitled, “National Boundaries, Colonized Spaces.”

The Mikhail Endowment Fund was originally established through a donation from the Mikhail family to honor the work and contributions of Maryse Mikhail and her involvement in educational, philanthropic and interfaith organizations. The main purpose of the fund is to support an annual lecture dealing with Arab culture, history, politics, economics, and other aspects of life in the Middle East including issues of peace and justice.  More information about the Lecture Series is available at mikhaillecture.wordpress.com.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the fund to help ensure the continuation of the lecture series for years to come. Any amount is welcome, and checks should be made payable to the UT Foundation with a notation of the Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Endowment Fund (#1301-005). Gifts may be sent to The University of Toledo Foundation, P.O. Box 586, Toledo, OH, 43607-0586. Secure online gifts may be made at give2UT.utoledo.edu. Please be sure to designate Fund #1301-005.

The Lecture Committee would appreciate having your e-mail address, and the addresses of friends who may be interested in receiving notices of future lectures, sent to mikhaillecture@gmail.com.

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