"Writer/journalist Alison Weir is executive Director of If Americans Knew. In early 2001 she spent a month traveling alone throughout Gaza and the West Bank as a freelance journalist and has returned several times since. In her presentation she discusses US press coverage of Palestine, including her organization's detailed studies of the major media, describes her experiences in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, shows her slides of the area, and gives a brief sketch of the history of the conflict.
"Her articles have appeared in a variety of publications; among these The New Intifada (Verso), Censored 2005 (Seven Stories Press), The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, San Francisco Bay View newspaper, CounterPunch, The Link, Z Magazine and several upcoming books.
"Alison has spoken at numerous universities across the country and has twice been invited to give briefings on Capitol Hill. She has received the Truth and Justice Award from American Muslims for Jerusalem, the Islamic Community Award for Courage, the Excellence for Advocacy in Media Fairness Award from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and was inducted into honorary membership of Phi Alpha Literary Society, cited as a: “Courageous journalist-lecturer on behalf of human rights. The first woman to receive an honorary membership in Phi Alpha history.”"