World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina will present talk at UNCA, May 1

Press release from UNC Asheville: 

The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina will present a talk, The Challenges of Long-Term Humanitarianism: Lessons from the Palestinian Experience, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 at the Reuter Center at UNC Asheville. Admission is $10 for the public; free to members of the World Affairs Council and UNC Asheville students.

The speaker, Ilana Feldman, is professor of anthropology, history and international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A cultural and historical anthropologist, Feldman focuses her research on the Palestinian experience, both inside and outside of historic Palestine, examining practices of government, humanitarianism, policing, displacement, and citizenship.

She is currently working on a project tentatively titled Life Lived in Relief: Palestinian Experiences with Humanitarianism since 1948, which involves fieldwork in and about Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza.

Feldman is the author of three books, Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule; In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care, co-authored with Miriam Ticktin; and Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority and the Work of Rule, 1917-1967. Her visit to Western North Carolina is sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies at The George Washington University.

The World Affairs Council lectures at UNC Asheville are presented in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville (OLLI), and the university’s Department of Political Science.

For more information about OLLI programs and events, visit

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