Education Under Occupation: Reflections from Al Quds University – talk by Dr Brendan Browne

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Academics for Palestine invites you to a lecture on education under occupation, the case of the Palestinian Al Quds University, by Dr Brendan Browne of the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.

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Precariously located in the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis, Al Quds University is the only Palestinian university in occupied East Jerusalem. Continuing to battle against the odds, a hybrid mix of local and international academic staff provide third level education to Palestinian students from within Jerusalem and across the West Bank, as well as international students.

Reflecting upon experiences gained during a recent period of employment at the university, Dr Browne provides insight into life on campus, with a focus on the daily challenges staff and students experience in trying to safeguard their right to education. The talk examines the deleterious impact of the ongoing Israeli occupation on students, whilst also highlighting the strength and resilience of staff and students. With particular focus on the impact of the recent escalation of Israeli/Palestinian hostilities, Dr Browne highlights the disruption to the university as a result and the need for a flexible pedagogical approach to reflect the challenging circumstances.

 

Date: 9 March 2016

Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Venue: Johnathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building, TCD

All welcome.

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