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Adila Laïdi-Hanieh Named Director of the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit

The Taawon-Welfare Association has announced that Adila Laïdi-Hanieh was appointed the new director of the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit. Laïdi-Hanieh, a writer and academic who specializes in Palestinian art and cultural practices, modern Arab intellectual history, and cultural spaces and processes, succeeds Mahmoud Hawari, who unexpectedly departed the institution after a two-year tenure in May. 

From 1996 until 2005, Laïdi-Hanieh served as the founding director of the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, where she developed programs on Palestinian cultural identity and curated the landmark memorial art exhibition “100 Shaheed—100 Lives” (2001–03). She is the author of several books and essays, including the recently published biography of artist Fahrelnissa Zeid. Laïdi-Hanieh earned her Ph.D. in cultural studies from George Mason University and her master’s degree in Arab studies from Georgetown University. She has also taught classes on modern and contemporary Arab thought and Palestinian art history at Birzeit University. 

The Palestinian Museum, which is dedicated to Palestinian culture nationally and internationally, is the flagship project of the Taawon-Welfare Association, an independent nonprofit organization committed to providing developmental and humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the 1948 areas, and the Palestinian communities in Lebanon.