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.

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