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Donald Lecture | Amal Elsana Alhjooj, Activist

*this lecture will be available for live stream(see details below)*

Amal Elsana Alhjooj is a Bedouin/Palestinian Israeli who is a strong advocate for women’s rights, Bedouin rights, and peace.

At the age of 17, Amal founded the first Bedouin women’s organization. She attended Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. She is presently completing her doctorate at McGill University. Ms Alhjooj is the Executive Director of McGill’s International Community Action Network, a program committed to providing legal aid, education, and housing to individuals living in disadvantaged regions of Palestine, Israel, and Jordan.

Ms Alhjooj is the founding director of AJEEC – Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation. She is also the co-director of NISPED – Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development.

In 2010, the Israeli business publication, The Marker, listed Alhjooj as one of the 101 most influential people in Israel. She is also a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.


*Live stream lectures

Bishop’s University is pleased to offer lectures for home viewing on a computer via live stream. Alumni, parents, faculty, and employees of Bishop’s University who live outside of the Eastern Townships will receive a password protected link and corresponding password via email on the afternoon of the lecture date. Copies of the lecture will not be made available after the event. If you are a parent or alumni and would like to ensure you receive this email, please contact

Donald Lecture Series speakers have been selected from nominations submitted by Bishop’s students, faculty, staff and community members. The Donald Lecture Series Advisory Committee is comprised of students, staff, faculty and community members, and provides recommendations to Principal Michael Goldbloom on the speakers. Nominations for the 2018-2019 season will open in March 2018 – we welcome your ideas!

For all questions regarding the Donald Lecture Series, please contact Denise Lauzière, Executive Assistant to the Principal and Vice-Principal at, or 819-822-9600, ext. 2201.

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