Academic Prof John Portelli lectures in Palestinian Universities connecting Malta and Palestine

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Nov 06, 2019

On 31 October 2019 and 4 November 2019, Maltese Education Academic, Prof John Portelli delivered two interactive lectures in Bethlehem University and in Birzeit University, Birzeit limits of Ramallah respectively. Prof Portelli was invited to Palestine by the Representative Office of the Republic of Malta in Ramallah, Palestine and was assisted during his visit by the Head of the Representative Office, Mr Reuben Gauci. 

During his lectures titled “Critical Thinking and Democracy”, Prof Portelli, who lived and worked as an academic in Canada for 42 years, spoke about various narratives of critical thought from the European and American continents, which narratives led to our understanding of today’s democracy. Prof Portelli also spoke about ways forward in the democratic process. During his lectures, Prof Portelli read out poems, in Maltese, Arabic and English with the involvement of the participants, which poems dealt with his experiences as a Maltese visiting Palestine.

During his visit, Prof Portelli established  contact with a number of Palestinian academics and students.

The Representative Office of Malta in Ramallah, Palestine wishes to thank the Honorary Consulate of Malta in Bethlehem for its assistance in this visit.