Last month, Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube all shut down an open academic webinar, organized by a San Francisco State University department, and featuring Palestinian liberation advocate Leila Khaled. Why are big tech platforms making decisions that violate academic freedom? Why is speech about Palestinian rights always the first to be censored, and how should academic communities respond? NYU's AAUP chapter hosts a webinar panel of New York-based speakers as part of a national day of action to address these urgent questions.
Katherine Franke is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Palestine Studies. She is among the nation’s leading scholars writing on law, race, religion, and rights. Franke is also the founder and faculty director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project, a think tank based at Columbia Law School that develops policy and thought leadership on the complex ways in which religious liberty rights interact with other fundamental rights.
Nerdeen Kiswani is a first-year CUNY Law student, is a Palestinian organizer from NYC. She’s a founder and chair of Within Our Lifetime – United for Palestine, a Palestinian led community-based organization.
Fred Moten Professor in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Radhika Sainath is a senior staff attorney at Palestine Legal, where she oversees the organization’s casework on free speech, censorship and academic freedom. Together with the Center for Constitutional Rights, she brought a landmark lawsuit against Fordham University after it refused to grant club status to Students for Justice in Palestine.
With a message from Leila Khaled
Moderated by Andrew Ross (NYU AAUP and USACBI) is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, and a social activist and analyst.
Zoom meeting ID: 950 4559 5136