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Storytelling as Resistance: Palestinian Identity and Resilience in Literature for Young People (Methodist Federation for Social Action)

September 13, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

Talking about Palestine with our friends and family can be difficult for many of us. In this webinar, we will hear from a diverse panel of professionals – Christian, Muslim, and Jewish – who through their teaching and writing about Palestine for young people, convey a challenging subject in engaging and educational ways that overcome the all-too-common erasure of the Palestinian people and their story. Topics will include the importance of representation and truth-telling and how children can learn about difficult subjects in age-appropriate ways. Booklists, curriculums, and other resources will be shared that can help us learn how best to convey the Palestinian story to children. Our discussion and resources should provide valuable insights and learning for Palestine-related conversations and communications with adults as well.

Our expert panel: HANNAH MOUSHABECK is a book publisher, editor and marketer, with broad experience in the field of children’s books; she is the author of a new picture book: “Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine” NORA LESTER MURAD is a researcher, activist, and author of the young adult novel “Ida in the Middle;” she is a Policy Member at Al-Shabaka and a co-founder of community organizations in Palestine. ABEER RAMADAN-SHINNAWI is an education consultant currently developing materials for immigrant children’s needs and an organizer and education advisor for BIPOC institutions and professional associations. Our webinar moderator is LISA BENDER, the Chair of UMKR.