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Oct. 14: 'Palestinians in Syria and the Syrian War'

Presentation by sociologist from Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, Germany.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-4-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Sociologist Anaheed Al-Hardan (image credit: Claudia Peppel, ICI Berlin 2013), a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, Germany, will lecture on “The Palestinians in Syria and the Syrian War” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in Room 102, Armstrong Hall on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Al-Hardan will examine the historical realities of the Palestinian refugees in Syria and discuss how they have formed one of the most stable and integrated of the Palestinian refugee communities in the Arab world. She will discuss how the integration and access to rights on par with Syrian citizens has also meant that Palestinians in Syria have tragically become embroiled in the country’s civil war.

At the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Al-Hardan is completing a book on memories of the 1948 Nakba in the Palestinian refugee community in Syria. She will begin work as assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut in the 2013-14 academic year.

For more information, please contact the Minnesota State Mankato Honors Program office at 507-389-5191 or email Chris Corley at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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