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Why or Why Not? Cultural Boycott?

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:00 PM

SFU's Vancouver Campus
Harbour Centre, Room 7000

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SFU Public Square, in partnership with SFU Department of History, and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, presents "Why or Why Not? Cultural Boycott?", a panel discussion on the efficacy and intricacies of cultural boycotts, especially in relation to peace and justice seeking in Israel/Palestine. Is a boycott an effective option towards inspiring peace, or is ongoing engagement a better path, despite so many roadblocks so far?

To start the conversation, we’re welcoming the following panelists, with more to be confirmed.

Metha Brown
Programs Manager, Peace It Together

Peace It Together brings together Palestinian, Israeli, and Canadian youth to co-create compelling, unsettling and heartening films that explore the realities of the conflict. Youth use their films to facilitate challenging conversations about the nature of the conflict and peace building.

Robin Perelle
Managing Editor, Xtra

Perelle is the managing editor of Xtra, Vancouver’s gay and lesbian newspaper. She traces her advocacy back to her Grade 4 refusal to wear the school uniform and her journalism back to her student days at the McGill Daily newspaper.

Sarah Schulman

Schulman (presenting by Skype) is the author of 16 books, most recently Israel/Palestine and the Queer International and The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to A Lost Imagination. She is co-founder of the MIX:NYC Queer Experimental Film and Video Festival and co-author with Cheryl Dunye of two films The Owls (VQFF 2010) and Mommy is Coming.

The discussion will be moderated by:

Elise Chenier
Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University
Director, Archive of Lesbian Oral Testimony

Elise Chenier is an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University where she writes about and teaches histories of sexuality. She has published numerous articles and blog posts in scholarly and popular venues, as well as Strangers In Our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Postwar Ontario. She is currently working on a book on same-sex marriage in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.



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