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Conference: Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities

March 22, 2019 - March 24, 2019

Join the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies for the annual Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies conference: Rockets fired out of Gaza; protesters shot near the fence; Egypt mediating between Hamas and Israel–when the Gaza Strip is mentioned in U.S. news outlets, it is usually in response to that day’s sensational events with little (if any) context provided. “Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” will shed much needed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip, giving participants a deeper understanding of the context of these realities and offering concrete options that can better the lives of Gazans. The conference also highlights Gazan culture–music, films, food, and art–to showcase the beauty that goes along with the challenges of life in the Gaza Strip.

Friday, March 22 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Reception: Gazan food

Concert: Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar of DAM


Saturday, March 23 | 9:00 – 5:30 p.m.


“The (De-)Development of Gaza: Economy, Women, and Youth”

“Humanitarian Crisis: Food, Water, and Health”

“In and Out: Gaza and Freedom of Movement”

“Gazans between Fatah & Hamas”

“Gaza and the World: Egypt, Israel, and the United States”

For featured speakers, visit here.

Breakfast snacks, coffee, and Gazan lunch provided for registered participants


Sunday, March 24 | 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Gaza On Screen: A full day of screenings featuring the diverse film work that has engaged with the Gaza Strip during the past seventy years.

For more information and the full schedule, visit Share this event on Facebook. Free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the GEC/McCauley parking deck under the building, and Beard surface lot (both on Pharmacy Lane). Registration is required. 

Click here to register.


For questions related to the conference, contact: Shai Tamari, (919) 962- 2034,

For questions related to Gaza on Screen, contact: Nadia Yaqub, (919) 843-8149,

For media inquiries, contact: Katie Bowler Young, (919) 962-4504,


Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center
UNC-Chapel Hill


March 22, 2019
March 24, 2019
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