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The Platypus Affiliated Society, The International House Global Voices Lecture Series, and UChicago Students for Justice in Palestine present

Which Way Forward for Palestinian Liberation?
One state or two?
A discussion with Hussein Ibish and Joel Kovel.

Tuesday, February 23 | 7PM
International House | 1414 E. 59th St.

Hussein Ibish is a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine and is the executive director of the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab- American Leadership. From 1998-2004, he was Communications Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the largest Arab-American membership organization in the United States, with which he authored, along with Ali Abunimah, the issue-paper The Palestinian Right of Return. Ibish will discuss his recent book, What's Wrong with the One State Agenda? Why Ending the Occupation and Peace with Israel is Still the Palestinian National Goal.

Joel Kovel is professor emeritus of social studies at Bard College, editor in chief of Capitalism, Nature, Socialism and the author of several books, including White Racism: A Psychohistory, A Complete Guide to Therapy, The Age of Desire: Case Histories of a Radical Psychoanalyst, The Radical Spirit, and The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or The End of the World. In 1998, he was the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senator from New York. He will be discussing his most recent book, Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine.

Hosted by the University of Chicago Platypus Affiliated Society. Cosponsored by UChicago Students for Justice in Palestine, the International House Global Voices Lecture Series, and the University of Chicago Student Government.

Free and Open to the Public.

RSVP online at the Facebook event.

Persons with disabilities that may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274.

Background reading:
Ibish A Real Plan to Build Palestine.
Kovel Zionism's Bad Conscience.

Join Platypus members this Wednesday, February 17th at 7:30pm for a teach-in on the Iranian Revolution and a discussion on the current situation in Iran led by Platypus Review editor Pam C. Nogales C.

This event will be held at the New School, 80 Fifth Avenue, Rm. 802

Undoubtedly, the Left today should demand the overthrow of theocratic regimes; the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran is no exception. However, how the regime is overthrown, who participates in this act and how they understand their political practice, has irreversible effects. In 1977-79, the international Left overlooked this consideration by uncritically supporting those seeking to overthrow the Shah. In so doing, the Left helped a right-wing popular movement establish the theocratic dictatorial government the protesters fight against today. How are we as leftists to make sense of this political failure so as to help rebuild an emancipatory Left today? How do the current protests challenge the Islamic Republic? What are the prospects for overthrowing the Iranian regime and what would take its place?

1. Against the status quo: An interview with Iranian trade-unionist Homayoun Pourzad

2. The failure of the Islamic revolution: The nature of the present crisis in Iran

Brother Outsider (2003): The Life of Bayard Rustin

A film screening and discussion on the legacy of identity politics, its buried history,
unmet challenges, and the lingering problems on the Left.

Wednesday, February 17 2010 | 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Community Lounge | 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.

lightbox_BrotherOutsider1 Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its national broadcast on PBS’ P.O.V. series, Brother Outsider has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin—a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement.

Suggested reading:

Bayard Rustin (1970), "The Failure of Black Separatism"

An unmet challenge: Race and the Left in America

Book review: Jeffrey B. Perry, Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1882-1918

Fanon: On Interracial Utopia and Anti-Colonialism

A teach-in led by Sunit Singh

Where: Quinlan Life Science Center, Room 312, 1032 W. Sheridan Road.

When: February 1st, 7pm.

Free and open to the public.

Suggested Readings:

David Macey - Franz Fannon

Fanon - Wretched of the Earth - Conclusion

Fanon - Black Skin White Masks (Introduction) (Conclusion)

"The Negro, however sincere, is the slave of the past. None the less I am a man, and in this sense the Peloponnesian War is as much mine as the invention of the compass. Face to face with the white man, the Negro has a part to legitimate, a vengeance to exact; face to face with the Negro, the contemporary white man feels the need to recall the times of cannibalism... Some men want to fill the world with their presence. A German philosopher described this mechanism as the pathology of freedom... The problem considered here is one of time. Those Negroes and white men will be disalienated who refuse to let themselves be sealed away in the materialized Tower of the Past. For many other Negroes, in other ways, disalienation will come into being through their refusal to accept the present as definitive. I am a man, and what I have to recapture is the whole past of the world... In no way should I derive my basic purpose from the past of the peoples of color. In no way should I dedicate myself to the revival of an unjustly unrecognized Negro civilization. I will not make myself the man of any past. I do not want to exalt the past at the expense of my present and of my future."