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    Reimagining Palestine Public Lecture Series | Environmental and Land Justice in Palestine

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    This talk delves into the interplay between environmental and land justice and settler colonialism in Palestine. Professor Qumsiyeh will elucidate how the colonisation of Palestine has led to the destruction of diverse human and natural communities while highlighting the inseparable connection between environmental justice and human rights. The talk argues for a reimagined advocacy that is crucial not only for peace and sustainability in Western Asia but also for global environmental justice movements.

    Mazin Butros Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian scientist and Professor of Environmental Studies at Bethlehem University. He is the founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University. After serving on the faculties of the University of Tennessee (1989–1993), Duke University (1993–1999), and Yale University (1999–2005), he now researches and teaches at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities since 2008. Qumsiyeh joined with other professors to introduce the first Biotechnology Masters program in the region. Over the course of his career he has published well over 150 scientific papers on topics ranging from cultural heritage to biodiversity in addition to several books. He also serves on the board of a number of Palestinian youth and service organizations such as Al-Rowwad Children Theater and Siraj Center.

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