Join us for a discussion about the sea change in US public opinion concerning Palestine, as witnessed by author Pamela Olson
and filmmaker Nitin Sawhney
. Pamela will also read from her memoir and share photos from her travels to
Palestine, and Nitin will play clips from his film Flying Paper
, about the culture of kite-making in Gaza.
Sponsored by: Graduate Program in International
Affairs, School of Media Studies and Project Palestine.
Fast Times in Palestine is a coming-of-age memoir about a young Stanford graduate from Oklahoma who stumbled into Palestine on a post-college backpacking trip. In the years that followed she learned the ropes, became a journalist, and served as the foreign press coordinator for a Palestinian presidential candidate.
The book doesn’t pontificate about the realities of life under the occupation but rather displays them in a gripping narrative full of beauty, suspense, cruelty, star-crossed love and dark humor that has the potential to reach and move broad audiences. It was named a Top Ten Travel Book of 2013 by Publisher’s Weekly.