In the first episode of 'Beginning with Us', Yara Hawari joins host Cherine Hussein to reflect upon what it means to be a scholar-activist involved in an on-going collective struggle in Palestine today. Weaving in the words of Edward Said, Toni Morrison, Grada Kilomba, Hisham Matar and Ta-Nehisi Coates, this conversation highlights the self-understandings, world-views, lived realities, traumas and struggles of a rising generation of feminist, Palestinian scholar-activists. It also reflects on what the political, empowerment and global solidarity looks like today, both inside and outside the academy.
Yara Hawari is a Senior Analyst at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, a writer and frequent political commentator. She completed her PhD in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter. Her first novel, The Stone House, is forthcoming with Hajar Press.