Academic Programs

Reliving History: Simulating the UN Partition of Palestine

When: Spring 2009

It is April of 1947, and the United Nations Special Commission Palestine (UNSCOP) has been convened to investigate the "Palestine Problem". UNSCOP has a monumental task ahead of it; one that will change the course of history. What will happen to the Arabs of Palestine, and to the Jews of Palestine who have competing claims to the same land?


Living History: Inside the Arab/Israeli Conflict

When: Spring 2008

Students spent the first part of the semester in intense preparation for the negotiating process that followed. They heard from distinguished guest lecturers such as Israeli negotiator Shlomo Ben Ami, Palestinian negotiator Omar Dajani, and renowned pollster Khalil Shikaki.


An Insider's Look at the United States and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

When: Fall 2009

In this award winning course, students will get an insider's look at the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the role of the United States, as well as the forces that have shaped its policies. They will study with leading Israeli, Arab, Palestinian and American scholare, negotiators, policy makers, and activists who have been at the center of the elusive quest for peace.


America and the Middle East: History, Media and Politics

When: Fall 2008

The first seven weeks of this course will be a unique journey through the history of the Israeli Palestinian conflict using the photo/narrative exhibition “This Land to Me” as its entry point. The second part of the course will fast forward to the current moment. It will compare and contrast how various media sources choose to portray contemporary issues such as the Israeli, Palestinian, and American elections, as well as the ongoing Peace Process. It will end with questions instead of conclusions…what legacy is being given to the next round of leaders who must navigate this conflict? Will successors to Bush, Olmert and Abbas encounter ballots, bombs, or both?


Media, the United States and the Middle East

When: Fall 2007

This course examined the role of the media in the history and current politics of the Middle East, focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Students discovered how various media sources portrayed two key historical events which developed over the summer of 2007. The first was Hamas’ military seizure of power in Gaza; the second was the Bush administration’s peace initiative, eventually known as the “Annapolis Conference”. Students were asked to confront their own preconceptions, assumptions and preferences regarding the conflict in terms of their relation to media sources.


The U.S. and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Second Lebanon War

When: Fall 2006
This course examined each of the 34 days of the War in Lebanon, trying to compare and contrast how different media outlets in Israel, Iran, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority portrayed the origins, evolution and conclusion of the Second Lebanon War.