THURS. FEB 11 | The Challenges for Palestinians in Giving Voice to their Stories
Following the 8:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback with John Feffer (IPS) and Jamal Najjab (Peace Cafe activist; Storytelling Initiative with young Palestinian-Americans).
John Feffer is the director of Epicenter at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He is also the director of the Institute's Foreign Policy In Focus project. He is the author of several books, including Splinterlands (Haymarket, forthcoming), the writer and performer of several one-man shows, and a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and other publications.
Laila is an award-winning Palestinian writer and public speaker from Gaza City. She is the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between, co-author of the critically acclaimed The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey , and co-editor of Gaza Unsilenced.
Through her work as a writer, documentarian and media activist, she provides much-needed insight into the human experience of the region. She was recently featured in Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown Episode "Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza" as his guide in the Gaza Strip. From 2003-2007, El-Haddad was the Gaza correspondent for the Al Jazeera English website and a regular contributor to the BBC World Service. During this time, she co-directed two Gaza-based documentaries, including the Tunnel Trade.
A graduate of Duke and Harvard, she is the recipient of the Inspiration for Hope and the Literary Leadership Awards.Born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents from Gaza, she currently makes her home in Clarksville, Maryland with her husband and their three children.
Jamal Najjab has worked as a political campaign organizer in the Arab-American community, as a journalist in Jerusalem, and on the staff of several humanitarian Palestinian aid organizations. He has appeared on numerous news programs, such as CNN, Al Jazeera-English and Al Jazeera-Arabic, and has published numerous articles in the mainstream and alternative press. Many of his extended family members reside in a very small village north of Ramallah, Palestine (population 136).