Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC) Public Lectures

Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC)

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PO Box 85011, Emmarentia, 2129, South Africa

Well-known American academic, Professor Norman Finkelstein, will visit South Africa from the 12 – 21 August 2009, and will present a series of lectures and seminars around the country. The Gauteng leg of his tour will be co-hosted by the Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC), the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) based at the University of Johannesburg, and the WITS University School of Social Sciences from the 13 – 16 August 2009. We invite you to join us for his exciting public lecture and seminars.

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” . 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.

Public Lecture:

What’s wrong with Zionism: A Jewish Perspective”

Date: Thursday, 13 August 2009

Venue: University of Johannesburg: Council Chambers, Administration Building, Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park

Time: 6 pm



The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the politics of knowledge”

Date: Thursday, 13 August 2009

Venue: Wits University: Graduate School Seminar Room, S.W. Engineering Building, East Campus

Time: 1.15 pm


Israel/Palestine: Roots of the conflict, Prospects for peace”

Date: Friday, 14 August 2009

Venue: University of Johannesburg: Humanities Common Room, C-ring 3, Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park.

Time: 14h00


The Israeli lobby and the misuse of anti-Semitism”

Date: Saturday, 15 August 2009

Venue: AMEC Seminar Room, 38 Louw Geldenhuys Drive, Emmarentia

Time: 14h30


For more information, please contact AMEC by e-mailing or calling +27 11 7826754