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Gaza has been acquainted with unspeakable destruction for decades. Yet throughout its turbulent history, countless individuals have stepped in to offer healing. Doctors and nurses, medical technicians and first responders, international and local, have worked together to mend the wounds of those who suffer. In this seminar, we pose one question—what is it like to offer healing in times of destruction? To answer, we will hear from panelists who provide snapshots of their experiences historically, organizationally, and personally.
Kenny Schmitt, PhD, is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Spatial Practices at Al-Quds Bard College in Abu Dis, Jerusalem. His research interests lie at the intersection of Muslim religious practices and contentious political spaces in addition to the social history of the Middle East and Muslim-Christian relations. He earned his Ph.D. in Arab and Islamic Studies from Exeter University in 2018. His current research project, titled “Gazan Christians: The Social History of a Community on the Precipice,” is funded by the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Schmitt has held visiting fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2015-2016) and the Department of Sociology at Yale University (2016-2017).
Dr. Osama Tanous is a pediatrician and public health scholar. He is a co-director of the Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights, a partnership program between the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, and the Institute for Community and Public Health, Birzeit University. He is a board member of both Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and B'Tselem and a policy analyst for Al-Shabaka.
Dr. Khadra H. Salami, MD has been serving as a Pediatric hematology oncology and bone marrow transplant specialist at Augusta Victoria Hospital since 2015. She assesses, diagnoses, and treats children up to 18 years old including benign, malignant hematology and oncology cases. A graduate of Al Quds University's medical school, her vision is "to lead the pediatric bone marrow transplantation in Palestine to improve the quality of life and survival of children suffering from hereditary blood diseases."