When scanning the academic fields of study at higher education institutions including the University of Toronto, a recognizable gap exists that signals the erasure of the study of Palestine and that we suggest contributes to Palestinian students and many other Middle Eastern identities often feeling invisible, erased and/or unsafe on campus. This issue was recently amplified and highlighted by U of T Censure that resulted in numerous academic boycotts.

As students, we believe it is extremely important to hold space for an open dialogue and discussion to:

  • Provide a general overview on the importance of studying Palestine as a critical component to understanding the history and current issues facing the Middle East.
  • Provide an in-depth discussion on the vital role and responsibility higher education institutions have in providing the study of Palestine to their students.
  • Attempt to unpack why other highly acclaimed universities like the University of London and Columbia University prioritize Palestinian Studies departments while others, like the University of Toronto, opt out.
  • Promote a call to action to encourage a “Palestine Studies” program at U of T that we believe would help raise the overall academic standards, enhance our student learning experience, and broaden student perspectives.


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  • Date: Thu, Feb 3, 2022
  • Time & Duration: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (EST) (2h)
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  • Venue: Virtual - Zoom
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