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?

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