Prof. George Smith

Prof. George Smith The Virology of Ideas—An Indispensable Pandemic On March 9, 2022, Nobel laureate George Smith gave the inaugural Bisan Lecture. He spoke of the « ideosphere, » the teeming culture of ideas interacting and mutating much the way viruses do in the biosphere. He presented scientific discovery as a communal process, in which individuals contribute small mutations …

Dr. Honaida Ghanim

Dr. Honaida Ghanim (Director of the Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies “MADAR”, Visiting Professor at Birzeit University) Post-justice, exceptionalism, and the normalization of Apartheid On 13th April 2022, we held our second session of the Bisan Lecture Series. It was given by Dr. Hohaida Ghanem, director of the Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies “MADAR” and Visiting Professor at Birzeit University. The talk’s title …

Dr. Gertrudis Rojas

Dr. Gertrudis Rojas  (Center of Molecular Immunology, Havana, Cuba) Soberana vaccines against SARS-CoV2: handling antigenic complexity in a versatile biotechnological process The advent of COVID-19 in Cuba has given rise to an urgent need for effective vaccines in the face of severely limited resources. To meet this challenge, Cuba relies on diversity: multiple production facilities …

Prof. Salim Tamari

Autobiographic Narratives of the Great War and the Creation of the New Middle East Prof. Salim Tamari On September 14-th, 2022, Salim Tamari (Editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly, Senior Fellow of the Institute of Palestine Studies, Professor of Sociology at Birzeit University) gave the first lecture of the 2022-2023 Bisan Lecture Series. Quoting Rashid Khalidi (the …