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Palestine highlighted in the Edward Said Memorial Lecture

Ilan Pappé

ISRAELI born historian Ilan Pappé whose landmark publication The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine documented the planned removal of 700,000 Palestinians from their lands in 1948, will be speaking at the University of Wollongong on Monday.

Professor Pappé appeared on ABC-TV’s Q&A as a panellist last night and tomorrow he will be giving the National Press Club address while on Saturday he will deliver the eighth Edward Said Memorial Lecture in Adelaide. And on Sunday September Professor Pappé will be presenting at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House.

In his lecture at UOW, entitled ‘The history of the collaborative struggle in Palestine’, Professor Pappé offering a narrative of joint action led by Palestinians and Jews challenging the supremacy of separatism.

The public lecture is being held as part of the international conference ‘Collaborative Struggle’, an initiative of the Institute for Social Transformation Research at University of Wollongong. Attendance to the public lecture and the conference is free and all are welcome.

Professor Pappé is a long-standing social activist in Israel-Palestine. He has challenged the accepted history of Israel’s formation and offered a critical understanding of the origins of the state of Israel as it emerged from the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

He currently is the Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies at Exeter University, UK.

Time and date for public lecture: 5.30pm on Monday. Where: Lecture Room 4, Communications Centre (Bldg 20), University of Wollongong.

For further information contact Dr Marcelo Svirsky from UOW on 0437 890 005 or visit the conference webpage.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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