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Senior Palestinian historian addresses packed audience at SOAS for first annual lecture by Centre for Palestine Studies

19 March 2014

Famous Palestinian historian, Professor Walid Khalidi, founder and director of the Institute for Palestine Studies (Beirut and Washington), gave a lecture earlier this month on ‘Palestine and Palestine Studies One Century since the First World War and the Balfour Declaration’ to a packed audience at SOAS, University of London, including two Arab ambassadors and several journalists.

The event was organised by the Centre for Palestine Studies/LMEI and introduced by Professor Gilbert Achcar, the Centre Chair.

Born in Jerusalem, Palestine, in 1925, Professor Khalidi studied at Oxford and taught there as well as at the American University of Beirut, Harvard and Princeton. A co-founder General Secretary since 1963 of the Beirut-based Institute of Palestine Studies, he is currently chairman of its affiliate IPS (US), based in Washington DC, and is Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Gilbert Achcar said: “Professor Khalidi stunned everyone with what was both a fascinating lecture and an amazing performance.”

The podcast as well as the text of Professor Khalidi's lecture are now available