Worldview: Academic panel stirs international controversy

A panel discussion to be held at the MLA conference in Chicago has made international headlines. The panel is titled "Academic Boycotts: A Conversation about Israel and Palestine." We'll find out why it's stirred up so much controversy.


  1. 'Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions' movement co- founder to speak at MLA conference
  2. Among the many proposed solutions to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is Omar Barghouti's BDS movement. The BDS movement calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel "until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights." Academic boycotts are one form of boycotts the movement engages in to try to achieve its goals. Barghouti is taking part in a panel discussion at the annual MLA conference in Chicago, titled "Academic Boycotts: A Conversation about Israel and Palestine." The panel has received a great deal of attention as well as criticism for only providing one point-of-view on the issue.  Barghouti says the criticism is unfounded. He joins in studio.  

  3. South Africa after Mandela
  4. WBEZ’s Resident Philosopher, Al Gini, is back from a trip to South Africa. He's here to to give us a “Reporter’s Notebook” on what he saw and how he envisions the nation's future post-Mandela.
  5. World History Minute: The Aswan High Dam
  6. On January 9, 1960 work began on the Aswan High Dam in Egypt. Historian John Schmidt will explain how the dam's construction stirred Cold War tensions and how an unlikely heroine ended up saving an ancient Egyptian temple in the process.
  7. Global Activist: Manos Unidas
  8. Manos Unidas provides access to sign language education and learning resources to the deaf community in Nicaragua. Marie Coppola, founder and co-chair of Manos Unidas, updates us on what’s new with her organization.