Calling all HUJI/ Jerusalem-based alumni: You are invited to a delightful gathering to join with fellow alumni to welcome our new 2016-2017 cohort of US Fulbrighters who are based at HUJI/Jerusalem-area, with special guest Israeli Ambassador to Egypt, Mr. Haim Koren.
• A brief social mixer for you to get to know our US Fulbrighters and fellow Fulbright alumni, and vise versa
• A conversation with the recently-returned Israeli Ambassador to Egypt, MR. HAIM KOREN. Ambassador Koren served in Egypt during the time of the recent revolution and its aftermath. He is also the former Director of the Israeli Foreign Ministry's Political Planning Division and the former ambassador to South Sudan. This is a unique opportunity to meet him in an intimate setting for a fascinating exchange.
Special Thanks to our HUJI-based alumni, Ido Sivan Sivillia & David Gurevich, for organizing this special event.
A panel discussion & launch of a new book by Fulbright alumna
Dr. Maya Kahanoff
Jews and Arabs in Israel Encountering Their Identities: Transformations in Dialogue reveals the powerful potential of inter-group dialogues to transform identities and mutually negating relations. Using meetings with Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Arab students who attend the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as case studies, Kahanoff examines the hidden psychological dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and illustrates how dialogue shifts participants' sense of identity as they encounter conflicting perspectives. Kahanoff contends that an awareness of the limitations of dialogue, without the renunciation of its value, is the most realistic basis upon which to build a sustainable agreement. (Lexington Books & The Van-Leer Jerusalem Institute, April, 2016)
Moderator: Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla, Executive Director, United-States Israel Educational Foundation
Mr. Bassam Aramin, Co-Founder, Combatants for Peace & Parent Circle-Families Forum (PCFF)
Bassam Aramin lives in Anata-East Jerusalem and is a father of six. Bassam started his struggle against the Israeli occupation when he was thirteen years old. In 1985 at the age of seventeen, he was incarcerated and spent seven years in Israeli jails between1985-1992. While in jail, Bassam came to learn and understand the Jewish narrative underlying the Israeli state. He went on to study history and holds an MA in Holocaust studies from the University of Bradford, England. In 2005, Bassam co-founded Combatants for Peace. He is also the Chairman of Al-Quds Center for Democracy and Dialogue since 2006. Bassam is a member of the Israeli Palestinian Bereaved Family Forum since 2007, after losing his ten- year old daughter Abir, who was killed by an Israeli border policemen in front of her school in Anata on January 16th, 2007.
Ms. Yudit Oppenhiemer, Director, Ir-Amim, Jerusalem
Yudith Oppenheimer is a long time human rights activist, feminist and educator. Before assuming leadership of Ir Amim in 2008, Yudith was a fellow at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem. From 2000 to 2006, she served as Executive Director of Kol Ha-Isha - The Jerusalem Feminist Center. During extended stays in South Africa and New Zealand, Yudith engaged in various communal and gender-related projects and among positions early in her career, served at the Association of Civil Rights in Israel. Yudith holds an MA in Development Administration from the University of South Africa and is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
Dr. Ofer Shinar Levanon, Sappir College and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ofer Shinar Levanon is a political psychologist and a legal scholar. He teaches courses on the psychology of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli society and human rights. Ofer has worked at the International Center for Transitional Justice, was in charge of research at the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families Forum and served as an advisor to Israeli-Palestinian organizations on reconciliation. These days his research focus is the ethos of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the changing role of the collective memory of the Holocaust in the context of the conflict.
Dr. Maya Kahanoff, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Maya Kahanoff is a lecturer at the Graduate Program for Conflict Research, Management & Resolution and an associate research fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Anthropology from the Hebrew University and continued her postdoctoral studies as a Fulbright fellow at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University, Virginia. Kahanoff is a facilitator of inter-group dialogues, and has more than a decade’s experience as an academic consultant and evaluator for conflict transformation, dialogue and reconciliation-aimed programs run by various institutions and peace-building NGOs. Her fields of interest include: psychological aspects of prolonged conflicts; dialogue and recognition in social conflicts; reconciliation and peace-building.
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A collaboration between Hadassah Medical Center, Yale Medical School and USIEF, the event will feature 2015-2016 Fulbright Senior Scholar in Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Evan Morris, along with overseas and Israeli experts. Presentations will cover the fields of Imaging, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Neuroscience, Psychology, Psychiatry, Neurology, Chemistry and Psychobiology. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 25th to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full details check out the program flyer.
Dr. Evan Morris, Yale University School of Medicine.