Video: Global Scholars Dialogue with the University of Rojava

Join us for an exchange on the achievements of the autonomous region of Northeast Syria (Rojava) in building a democratic society based on gender equality and communal coexistence and against Turkey’s attacks in the region.

Since 2012, 4.5 million people, of diverse ethnic, religious and regional backgrounds collectively formed the Autonomous Administration of North & East Syria (often called Rojava), co-creating a society that continually strives for direct and participatory democracy, gender equity, inclusion and equality, economic transformation and communal co-existence. University of Rojava, founded in 2016, promised a new educational system based on these values, and along with two other universities of the autonomous Northeast Syria region (University of Kobani and University of Al-Sharq in Raqqa), it represents a unique initiative to build a democratic education system amid the ongoing violent conflict in Syria and the region.

Speakers from the University of Rojava include: Dr. Mostafa Alamholo, Director of International Relations at the U. of Rojava; Ms. Rohan Mostafa, co-chair, Center for Coordination between Universities of North & East Syria; Dr. Sardar Saadi, co-director, graduate Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities at the U. of Rojava; Ms. Sorgul Abdulsalam, co-chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

University of Rojava Faculty will be in conversation with:

Dr. Walden Bello, Filipino academic served as a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, International Professor of sociology, Binghamton University, NY.

Dr. Arturo Escobar, Colombian-American anthropologist and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of N. C. at Chapel Hill.

Dr. David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of anthropology and geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Dr. Lebohang Liepollo Pheko, a Senior Research Fellow and political economist at the activist feminist think tank, Trade Collective.

Dr. Theresa O’Keefe, Senior Lecturer, University College Cork, Ireland.

Co-moderation: Dr. Marina Sitrin, Associate Professor of Sociology, Binghamton University & Dr. Mary Taylor, Assistant Director, Center for Place, Culture and Politics

This event is sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center, the Sociology Department and Human Development of Binghamton University and the University of Rojava. It is free and open to the public.