Richard Falk has spent most of his life at the intersections of academic, legal, and activist work. Always an internationalist, Falk’s memoir, Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim, tracks his opposition to the Vietnam war, including challenging U.S. aggression in international courts; his involvement with the anti-shah movement and the diverse currents swirling around Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during the Iranian revolution; his work against apartheid in South Africa, his long engagement with Turkey, and more. Add to that what he is perhaps best known for, powerful support for Palestinian rights and opposition to Israeli apartheid and colonialism, and Falk emerges as a leading voice for global solidarity. He spent 40 years teaching international law at Princeton, and served six years as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
The program will include a conversation between Falk and his longtime collaborator on Palestinian rights and United Nations issues, IPS Fellow and director of the New Internationalism Project Phyllis Bennis.
They will then be joined by two additional interlocutors. Robin Broad is a Professor at American University, a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and co-author (with John Cavanagh) of The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed (Beacon Press, 2021). Walden Bello is the International Adjunct Professor of sociology at SUNY Binghamton and co-founder of the Bangkok-based research and advocacy institute Focus on the Global South. He is the author of Counterrevolution: The Global Rise of the Far Right (Fernwood, 2019) as well as a recent review of Falk’s book.