AFOPA's premier event each year is the Edward Said Memorial Lecture, an annual public lecture to honour the memory of the path-breaking Palestinian scholar, courageous advocate, passionate critic and an unfailing humanist - the late Edward Said.

This year, 2018, marks the 14th year of the Lecture, which will be presented in conjunction with the 2018 Adelaide Festival of Ideas. 

Guest speaker:

Noura Erakat

Attorney and human rights advocate

Lecture title:

Anti-Blackness, Settler-Colonialism and the Question of Palestine

Saturday, 14 July 2018

5:30pm (doors open from 5:00pm)

VENUE: Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William St, Adelaide, South Australia

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Speaker profile:


Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. Her research interests include humanitarian law, refugee law, national security law, and critical race theory.

She is a Co-Founding Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. Prior to joining GMU's faculty,  she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, as a Legal Advocate for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, and as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. She is a Co-Founding Board Member of the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival and is a Board member of the Institute for Policy Studies. Noura is the coeditor of Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures, an anthology related to the 2011 and 2012 Palestine bids for statehood at the UN.  

More recently, Noura released a pedagogical project on the Gaza Strip and Palestine, which includes a short multimedia documentary, Gaza In Context, that rehabilitates Israel’s wars on Gaza within a settler-colonial framework. She is also the producer of the short video, Black Palestinian Solidarity. Noura’s media appearances include CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, PBS NewsHour, BBC World Service, NPR, Democracy Now!, and Al Jazeera. She has published in the Nation, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Huffington Post, Jezebel, IntlLawGrrls, The Hill, and Foreign Policy, among others. Noura is the author of Justice for Some: Law As Politics in the Question of Palestine (forthcoming Stanford University Press, 2019).

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How are Palestinians reacting to the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem and violence in Gaza?

Powerful interview by Noura Erakat on CBS News in the US.


9 May 2018: noura eRAKAT, wASHINGTON pOST

Opinion: Palestinians want freedom, just like anyone would.

Palestinian American human-rights attorney Noura Erakat says protesters in Gaza aren't pawns of Hamas; they are struggling for the freedom all humans want.


3 April 2018: Noura's interview with Phillip Adams on ABC Radio Late Night Live

On Friday 30 March 2018, thirty-thousand Palestinians in the Gaza Strip organized the largest civil protest in recent history in Palestine. The effort, known as the March of Return, is meant to commemorate the Land Day protests organized by Palestinian citizens of Israel in response to Israeli land confiscations and to last through the Palestinian Nakba on 15 May 2018, also known as Israel’s independence day. On the first day of the March of Return, Israeli snipers shot to kill 18 Palestinians and injured 1400 others across the militarized border against the unarmed demonstrators who were within the Gaza Strip’s buffer zone and posed no threat to the soldiers. 

In this interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Noura Erakat places the march in context and discusses the mainstream media’s inability to understand or explain this mass civil uprising.  

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2 March 2018: Talk by Noura Erakat at the Washington National Press Club

Noura Erakat: "How Support for Israel’s Violations of International Law Puts the U.S. on the Wrong Side of History."

Talk given at the "Israel Lobby & American Policy" conference, 2 March 2018, at the National Press Club, Washington.

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The 2018 Edward Said Memorial Lecture is jointly presented by the Australian Friends of Palestine Association, the School of Social Sciences at The University of Adelaide, and the Adelaide Festival of Ideas.

 Edward W. Said (1935-2003)

Edward W. Said (1935-2003)

Edward Wadie Said (1935-2003) was a Palestinian-American literary theorist and one of the most articulate and visible advocates of the Palestinian cause. He taught English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Before his death in 2003, Professor Said was seen as one of the leading literary critics of the 20th century, and described by many as an 'intellectual superstar' in the United States.

The annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2005 and is held in partnership with the University of Adelaide.