america's current and impending wars: video online

Videos from our December 2007 teach-in are now online. You may view them below.

Introduction by Michael Allan, Anthropology, and Yves Winter, Rhetoric

The Situation in Iraq by Dahr Jamail, independent journalist and author of Beyond the Green Zone

US Policy and Iran by Shahram Aghamir, KPFA radio

Current events in Palestine by Samera Esmeir, Professor of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley

Threats to academic freedom on US campuses by Wendy Brown, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley

Q&A Session

mearsheimer and walt lecture video

Click here to view a video recording of BTIAW's October 2007 event featuring Professors John Mearsheimer, Stephen Walt, George Bisharat, and Saba Mahmood:

america's current and impending wars

America's Current and Impending Wars: From Campus to the Middle East

Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 7 PM
155 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Shahram Aghamir, KPFA, Co-Producer of "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa"
Wendy Brown, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Samera Esmeir, Professor of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
Dahr Jamail, Independent Reporter and Author of "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq"

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Last year, a group of UC Berkeley students and faculty members organized a teach-in about Israel's war on Lebanon. Attended by hundreds of students, faculty, and community members, the event was an opportunity to challenge assumptions and consensuses. The teach-in on December 6 is a follow-up event to last year's, stemming from our concern about the direction of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and increasing campaigns against critics on U.S. campuses.

The teach-in focuses on the continuing occupations of Iraq and Palestine, on the threats of American wars against Syria and Iran, and on the intimidation crusades of lobbies and pressure groups against members of the academic community who have voiced criticism. We think these issues are linked and need to be publicly debated. Our teach-in features four experts who will provide informed and critical perspectives.

Organized by a UC Berkeley Faculty and Students Collective: Berkeley Teach-In Against America’s Wars For the list of co-sponsors and for more information, visit our website, email us at or visit our facebook site: Developed by the student movements of the 1960s and the opposition to the Vietnam war, teach-ins are forums for controversial discussions and have a proud history in the civil rights and anti-war movements.

This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

Presenting Profs John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt at Berkeley

The Berkeley Teach-In group is pleased to announce that we will be presenting Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt on campus on Thursday October 25th at 7PM in Booth Auditorium at Boalt Hall.

Professor Mearsheimer, R. Wendel Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science from the University of Chicago, and Professor Walt, Belfer Professor of International Relations at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will be presenting their new controversial and ground-breaking book, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy. The discussion will be directed by George Bisharat, Professor of Law at UC Hastings, and Saba Mahmood, Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

This event is open to the student population as well as to the public, and we welcome any efforts to support publicity for the event. Please feel free to distribute information regarding the event as well as the flyers below. You may click on the thumbnail below for a larger version.

Video recordings available of Sep 2006 teach-in

Video recordings of September's teach-in regarding the War in Lebanon are now available on Google Video. Because of bandwidth limitations, we cannot offer the original high-quality video and audio recordings to the general public on this host; however, if you would like to download either the video or the consolidated audio, please send your request to and we will respond with more information promptly.

Part I - Introduction, Saba Mahmood, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Part II - Charles Hirschkind, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Part III - Judith Butler, Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Part IV - Zeina Zaatari, Program Officer for the Middle East and North Africa, The Global Fund for Women

Part V - Beshara Doumani, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

Part VI - Question and Answer Session

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