The Importance of Human and Biological Diversity: Palestine as a Case Study


Reversing Falls Sanctuary
818 Bagaduce Road
04617 North Brooksville , ME
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, who teaches and conducts research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in Palestine, will give a talk entitled, “The Importance of Human and Biological Diversity: Threats and Opportunities in Palestine as Case Study.”  Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian Christian, a biologist, and a human rights activist. The Downeast BDS Coalition, Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights, Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Maine, and Americans Who Tell the Truth are co-sponsoring his visit to Maine.
Mazin Qumsiyeh explains that movements toward uniformity such as Zionism have threatened the crucial diversity found in the landscape, both social diversity and biodiversity. He argues that restoring our social and natural ecosystems requires challenging the ideas of dominance and hegemony. Qumsiyeh will frame his talk with three points of focus:
  • the plants and animals of the Holy Land and the status of nature conservation there;
  • the role fulfilled by establishing museums and botanical gardens in developing areas; and
  • the perspective of a Palestinian scientist.
Professor Qumsiyeh is the founder and director of the Palestinian Museum of Natural History, and Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability. He has served on university faculties at Tennessee, Duke, and Yale and has published more than 150 scientific papers. He has written many books including: Mammals of the Holy Land, Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle, and Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment.
For more information contact: Carolyn Coe, 852-6696
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 19:00
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