Reading & Discussion: Israel-Palestine: Beyond the Headllines with Alison Weir Moderated by Brian Drolet

Tue, September 30, 2008 7:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alison Weir will address news coverage of Israel-Palestine, a description of her trips as an independent journalist throughout Gaza and the West Bank, and information on meetings with news editors around the world. She will provide a comprehensive analysis of how the media shapes events in the Middle East. She will focus particularly on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Brian Drolet is the Executive Director of Deep Dish TV

Ms. Weir presents a powerful, well documented view of the Middle East today. She is intelligent, careful, and critical. American policy makers would benefit greatly from hearing her first-hand observations and attempting to answer the questions she poses. This is an intellectual, thought-provoking, and worthwhile presentation."

• Thomas Campbell, Former US Senator (R-CA), Dean of Haas School of Business, University of California

"When the speech ended, Ms. Weir was met with thunderous applause, and across the room there was a widespread sense of satisfaction that someone was saying what needed to be said."
• New York Times

Journalist Alison Weir is the executive director of "If Americans Knew," a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Americans with information on topics of importance that are misreported or under-reported in the American media. She is also on the board of directors of the Council for the National Interest.

In February and March of 2001 Alison left her position as editor of MarinScope newspaper in Sausalito, California, to travel as a freelance reporter throughout Gaza and the West Bank. Upon her return she founded If Americans Knew. She recently returned from a three-month trip traveling throughout the West Bank.

Her essays and articles have appeared in a number of books and magazines; among them The New Intifada (Verso), Censored 2005 (Seven Stories Press), The Encyclopedia on Israel-Palestine, (upcoming) The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, San Francisco Bay View newspaper, CounterPunch, and The Link.

Weir speaks widely throughout the country, including two briefings on Capitol Hill, presentations at the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine (one of which was broadcast nationally on C-Span) and at such universities and colleges as Harvard Law School, Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Vassar, the Naval Postgraduate Institute, and others.

In addition, she has been invited to give papers at international conferences, and recently addressed the Asia Media Summit in Kuala Lumpur for the third straight year.

If Americans Knew has completed seven in-depth statistical studies of US media coverage of Israel-Palestine, releasing reports on the New York Times, the Associated Press, the major primetime news broadcasts, and various other news media, research that is increasingly cited by analysts on Israel-Palestine.

In March of 2004, Weir was inducted into honorary membership of Phi Alpha Literary Society, founded in 1845 at Illinois College. The award cited her as a: "Courageous journalist-lecturer on behalf of human rights. The first woman to receive an honorary membership in Phi Alpha history."

Sponsored by Deep Dish TV and Arab and Middle Eastern Journalist Association,

Last updated: 2008-09-25 06:31:03

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