The Middle East/North Africa region is incredibly diverse—and its LGBTQ communities are just as varied. What are the challenges to local and international LGBTQ rights organizing in the Middle East? What successes and advances have we witnessed over the past decade? Swarthmore Professor Sa’ed Atshan will address these questions and more, using Queer Palestine as a case study, and addressing the broader regional context, Monday, May 2, 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. Professor Atshan’s talk is part of the First Monday series at Pendle Hill. These lectures are free and open to the public, though online registration is requested. If you are unable to attend in person, registration for livestreaming is available online, at www.pendlehill.org.
Sa’ed is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College. He previously served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He holds a PhD and an MA in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He also received an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Swarthmore College. Sa’ed is a Palestinian Quaker, and graduated from Ramallah Friends School. He has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the UN High Commission on Refugees, Human Rights Watch, Seeds of Peace, the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department, and the Government of Dubai. Sa’ed is also a member of Al-Qaws, an organization promoting LGBTQ Palestinian rights.