Noura Erakat Receives Washington Peace Center's Activist Award

Noura Erakat Receives Washington Peace Center's Activist Award

Congratulations to Noura Erakat

New Century College congratulates Assistant Professor Noura Erakat, one of six recipients of the Washington Peace Center’s 2014 Activist Awards. Erakat was honored for her work as co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya, the electronic magazine on the Middle East, and her leadership in the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival.

More than 250 people joined in the evening celebration, called the Grassroots Gala, held at St. Stephen’s Church in Washington DC. The Washington Peace Center described the event as a time “to celebrate DC’s activists hard work and successes in creating a more just and peaceful world.”

Erakat said, “I was honored to be in the same company as the other award recipients…[Receiving this award] was a great message to me, that I don’t have to choose between my work as an academic and my work as an activist.”

This semester, Erakat teaches NCLC 203, Inquiry for Action: Facilitating Change. In this Cornerstones class, students examine the relationship between academic research, individual acts and society’s social and political structures. Erakat also teaches courses in the NCC legal studies concentration. Erakat joined NCC as an assistant professor in fall 2014 and brought with her a wealth of real-world experience and academic expertise to support NCC’s legal studies and social justice and human rights concentrations.