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Dialogue of Civilizations: Israel and Palestine

Read what last year’s students had to write about during their Summer 1 on the blog!

Multiple Narratives in a Contested Territory


Summer I 2017: May 8th – June 8th


This program to Israel and the West Bank offers students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a journey through 3,000 years of history, politics and religion. In the first half of the program (based in Jerusalem), students will receive an introduction to the history and culture of Jerusalem and study exemplary texts by some of the most influential Israeli and Palestinian writers of literature. In the second half of the program (based in Tel Aviv), students will be introduced to the complexity of contemporary Israeli-Palestinian relations through field trips, meetings, and learning about the key issues at stake in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By visiting major historical and religious sites, West Bank settlements, and Palestinian towns, seeing examples of coexistence, and by listening to the different narratives of Israelis and Palestinians and personally engaging with a wide variety of people and representatives of different backgrounds and views, including Israeli and Palestinian officials, politicians, NGO activists, academics, and residents of disputed areas, students will acquire a broader and deeper understanding of the multifaceted relationship between Israelis and Palestinians, and the impact that the conflict has upon the daily lives of both peoples.
The two courses that students take on this Dialogue program examine Israeli-Palestinian relations through different lenses: in one course (ENGL/JWSS 2610 Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad), we will interpret stories, poetry, essays, and memoirs by Israeli and Palestinian writers; In the other, (INTL 2100 – Modern Israel) students will learn about the current conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and the various issues at stake.

For questions about the program email d.waxman@northeastern.edu

This dialogue will show you what is beyond the dire headlines surrounding Israel, Palestine, and the conflict. Every day, you will meet local decision makers and activists – some will infuriate you and many will inspire you. You will hike up fortresses overlooking the Dead Sea, have shabbat dinner with a Jewish Orthodox family in Jerusalem, and tour a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank. At the end of the dialogue, you’ll walk away with a changed perspective and many new friends.
– Marie Schulte-Bockum, International Affairs ’17 (minors: Political Science & History)

Read what last year’s students had to write about during their Summer 1 on the blog!

Courses fulfilled:
ENGL/JWSS 2610 Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad (Prof. Lori Lefkovitz)
INTL 2100 Modern Israel (Prof. Dov Waxman)

Applications available through the Northeastern GEO Website.