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Middle East conflict forum scheduled at Vassar, April 23 and April 24

A two-evening forum on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is scheduled for Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. both nights in Rockefeller Hall. The event is sponsored by the Political Science Majors Committee, the Vassar Jewish Union, Jamaat, the Political Science Department, and the Student Activist Union.

The event will feature moderated discussions among students, professors, members of the local community, and Israeli and Palestinian authors and activists. The first night will feature a presentation of human rights related film-footage and will be facilitated by Ronit Avni '00 of Witness (a project of the Lawyers Committee on Human Rights). The second night will feature a panel of Israeli and Palestinian authors and activists who will engage each other and an audience comprised of students, faculty, and community members in a dialogue on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Andrew Davison, assistant professor of political science at Vassar College, will serve as the moderator for discussions on both nights of the event.

Avni is a program assistant for Witness, a project of the Lawyers Committee on Human Rights based in New York City. She recently worked for B'tselem, the Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories. A recent graduate of Vassar College, Avni wrote her senior thesis on the ethical and sociopolitical implications of the Oslo Accords.

The panel discussion will include Nadia Hijab, Mark Rosenblum, Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg, and Shukri Abed.

Hijab is the editor and chief of Middle East magazine and the past president of the Association of Arab American University Graduates. She is an author and a frequent commentator on the BBC.

Rosenblum is an author and historian at Queens College in New York City. He is the head of the Middle East Project (MEP), and has appeared as a political analyst on radio and television. Among his many publications are "Two Jerusalems, One Peace: Capitalizing on Reality" and "Netanyahu and Peace, from Sound Bites to Sound Policies: The Middle East and the Peace Process."

Ginsburg is a rabbi at Congregation Sons of Israel in Woodmere, New York. He is the past president of the Long Island Board of Rabbis and has published articles in journals such as the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Jewish Times, and Jewish Week.

Abed is a research fellow at the center for international development and conflict management. He is the director of the language department of the Middle East Institute at the University of Maryland in Washington D.C. Shukri has authored or translated five books, including "Democracy, Peace and the Arab-Israeli Conflict."

For additional information, call the Political Science Department at (845) 437-5560. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings at (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, April 23, 2001