- Created on Tuesday, 28 July 2009 15:29
Well-known American academic, Professor Norman Finkelstein, will visit South Africa from the 12 - 21 August 2009, presenting a series of lectures and seminars around the country.
The Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC), together with the University of Johannesburg's Centre for Study of Democracy (CSD) and the WITS University's School of Social Sciences will host the Gauteng leg of Finklestein tour from the 12 - 16 August 2009, which will include three seminars and one public lecture.
A son of survivors of the Nazi holocaust in the mid-20th Century, Finklestein is an outspoken critic of Israel's policies towards the Palestinian people, and has repeatedly questioned the abuse of the holocaust and the misuse of anti-Semitism for Zionist objectives.
The former is thoroughly exposed in his book The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering (Verso, 2000; expanded paperback edition, 2003). These positions are widely credited for his being denied tenure at De Paul University in Chicago, USA, where he had taught for six years.
Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. For many years he taught courses on political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict. He is currently an independent scholar. Finkelstein is the author of five books which have been translated into more than 40 foreign editions: Beyond Chutzpah: On the misuse of anti-Semitism and the abuse of history (University of California Press, 2005; expanded paperback edition, 2008); The Holocaust Industry; Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (Verso, 1995; expanded paperback edition, 2003); A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen thesis and historical truth (with Ruth Bettina Birn) (Henry Holt, 1998), and The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A personal account of the Intifada years (University of Minnesota, 1996). He has just completed a new book entitled A Farewell to Israel: The coming break-up of American Zionism, which is to be published later this year.
For more information on Professor Norman Finklestein, please visit his website, or the following links
For more information on Finkelstein's tour, please contact AMEC at +27 11 782-6754 or email info at amec dot org dot za (replacing 'at' with '@' and 'dot' with '.')