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. Students then spent six weeks in marathon negotiations, and made progress towards interim measures and a final status agreement. All students were required to literally “walk in the other side’s shoes”; Israeli and Jewish students were placed on the Palestinian negotiating team, and Arab and Muslim students were placed on the Israeli negotiating team.