Dear Colleagues,

In case you did not receive the last USACBI newsletter, or as a reminder if you did, here is information about Palestine-related activities that will be held at the upcoming American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Toronto next month (October 8-11, 2015).


Thirteen sessions in the program for the ASA annual meeting have the keyword “Palestine”:

These include “The Place of Palestinian Life Writing in American Studies”; “International Formations: The Horizons of Solidarity and Accountability”; “Blackness, Relations, and Liberal Ways of War”; “From Ferguson to Palestine and Beyond: Geographies of Political and Cultural Resistance”; and “The ASA Boycott Resolution Two Years Later: Looking Back, Moving Forward.”

See a full text of Palestine related program listings here (put “Palestine” in the “search” box for the specific listings).

Caucus on Academic and Community Activism Business Meeting:  

The Caucus will meet at the ASA conference in Toronto, where USACBI and academic boycott activities will be discussed, at the Sheraton Centre Pinnacle Room, on Fri., Oct. 9, from 8-9:45 am.  Contact Caucus co-chairs Malini Johar Schueller ( or Sunaina Maira at ( if you have questions.

The Caucus is also sponsoring a Film Screening of Dean Spade’s new documentary film,Pinkwashing Exposed, followed by a discussion with Spade. on Sat., Oct. 10, 7:30-10 p.m., Davenport Room in the conference hotel.

Reading Palestine at Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre

Haymarket Books is sponsoring a reading of authors from new books on Palestine. The authors are all part of USACBI’s Organizing Collective. Remi Kanazi will read from his book, Before the Next Bomb Drops; Steven Salaita will read from his new memoir, Uncivil Rights: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom; and contributors to the new anthology, Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities, edited by Bill Mullen and Ashley Dawson, will share their work at Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto, on Friday, Oct. 9, from 7-10 pm:

More information on featured films and publications:

For more information about Dean Spade’s film, Pinkwashing Exposed, see:

Of Remi Kanazi’s Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine, Dave Zirin at The Nation has said, “Before the Next Bomb Drops was devastating to pick up and impossible to put down.” You can pre-order the book on Haymarket’s site or on Amazon in the US and globally.

For more information about Steve Salaita’s memoir, Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom, and to order it, click here.

The collection Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities, edited by Ashley Dawson and Bill Mullen, has a foreword by Ali Abunimah and its contributors include: Kristian Davis Bailey, Omar Barghouti, Tithi Bhattacharya, Vincente M. Diaz, Haidar Eid, Noura Erakat, Diane Feeley, David Finkel, Sami Hermez, Rima Kapitan, David Lloyd, Sunaina Maira, Joseph Massad, Nerdeen Mohsen, Nadine Naber, Rima Najjar-Merriman, David Palumbo-Liu, Ilan Pappé, Andrew Ross, Steven Salaita, Malini Schueller, Sarah Schulman, Joan Scott, Magid Shihade, Mayssun Sukarieh, Lisa Taraki, and Salim Vally. 

For more information or to order it, see:

Post date: September 23, 2015

Community announcements and events are services that are offered by the ASA to support the organizing efforts of critical constituency groups. They do not reflect the decisions or actions of the association’s governance bodies, the National Council or Executive Committee. Questions should be directed to the committee, caucus, or chapter that has authored and posted this notice.