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. 

Guest speaker:

Noura Erakat

Attorney and human rights advocate

Lecture title:

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

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Adelaide, Australia (venue to be advised)

Speaker profile:


Noura Erakat is a Palestinian attorney and human rights advocate.  She is currently an adjunct professor of international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University. Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the US House of Representatives and as an advisor on Middle East affairs for US Congressman Dennis Kucinich. Noura comments regularly on US foreign policy and international law matters. She has appeared on Al Jazeera International, NBC's "Politically Incorrect," and Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor." Her writings have appeared in The Huffington Post, Berkeley Law School's Journal for Middle East and Islamic LawCounterpunch, Al-Majdal, and the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP). See more of Noura's writing here >>


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

 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.