Date Time Topic

March 22, 2019

6:00-7:00pm Reception: Gazan food

“We All Live in Gaza” art exhibit

“Life in Gaza” photo exhibit by Mohamed Zaanoun

Welcoming remarks: Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld (Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs); Hani Almadhoun (American Near East Refugee Aid); Laila El Haddad (Journalist and author)

7:00-8:30pm Musical performance:

MC: Mike Figueroa (Dept. of Music, UNC-Chapel Hill)

Opening: UNC Al-Ahrar Dabke Team

Main: Tamer Nafar of DAM with DJ Rang


March 23, 2019


8:30am Conference registration, coffee and light breakfast
9:00-9:10am Opening remarks: Raymond Farrow (Associate Provost for Global Affairs and Interim Chief Global Officer)

Housekeeping: Shai Tamari (UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies)

9:15-10:30am “The (De-)Development of Gaza: Economy, Women, and Youth

Speakers: Sara Roy (Harvard University); Laila El Haddad (Journalist and author)

Moderator: Rebecca Stein (Dept. of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University)

10:30-10:45am Break
10:45am-12:00pm “Humanitarian Crisis: Food, Water, and Health”

Speakers: Hani Almadhoun (American Near East Refugee Aid); Yasser Abu Jamei (Gaza Community Mental Health Programme; via Skype from Gaza City)

Moderator: Sarah Shields (Dept. of History, UNC-Chapel Hill)

12:00-1:00pm Lunch (lunch provided for registered conference attendees)
1:00-2:15pm “In and Out: Gaza and Freedom of Movement”

Speaker: Tania Hary (Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement); Mohammed Eid (Rotary Peace Fellow from Gaza; UNRWA staff)

Moderator: Ashley Anderson (Dept. of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill)

2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30-3:45pm “Gazans between Fatah & Hamas”

Speakers: Nathan Brown (George Washington University); Nathan Stock (Middle East Institute)

Moderator: Charles Kurzman (Dept. of Sociology, UNC-Chapel Hill)

3:45-4:00pm Break
4:00-5:15pm “Gaza and the World: Egypt, Israel, and the United States”

Speakers: Lara Friedman (Foundation for Middle East Peace); Ghaith al-Omari (Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Moderator: Abdeslam Maghraoui (Dept. of Political Science, Duke University)


March 24, 2019

10:00am-9:00pm Gaza on Screen
Films and schedule available at