A seminar with Leila Farsakh, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Professor Farsakh will discuss the notion of historical reconciliation and how it has been addressed, or not, in the Oslo Israeli-Palestinian peace process. She will also review how the ongoing peace talks address questions of reconciliation and what alternative approaches are proposed in this regard.

About Leila Farsakh:

Leila Farsakh has worked with a number of international organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris (1993-1996) and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute in Ramallah (1998-1999). Between 2003 and 2004, she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

Associate Professor Farsakh has published on questions related to Palestinian labor flows, the Oslo Process, international migration and regional integration in a wide range of journals, including the Middle East Journal, the European Journal of Development Research, Journal of Palestine Studies and Le Monde Diplomatique. Her book, Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel: Labour, Land and Occupation, was published by Routledge Press in fall 2005. Her latest publications include editing Commemorating the Naksa, Evoking the Nakba, for the Electronic Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

In 2001 she won the Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission (Cambridge, MA).