Mandel-Palagye Program for Middle East Peace (Summer 2015)


A six-week summer program giving fifteen Tulane students an immersion in the dynamics of the Arab-Israeli conflict through classroom study and hands-on experience in Israel. In addition, the Program will sponsor a series of public lectures on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Tulane students will take two intensive classes and attend public lectures and films on the Tulane’s campus beginning in May 2015. Students will then travel to Israel for the second half of the program, where they will participate in a series of workshops, field trips, and other activities.


Course Requirements

Required classes will include: Israeli and Palestinian society and culture and Israeli and Palestinian politics. Students will receive room and board on campus and will earn six credit hours (three in Jewish Studies and three in Political Science) for passing these classes and completing the trip to Israel.

While in Israel students will live in dormitories at Hebrew University. Most lectures will take place on the Hebrew University campus. Tours will be arranged at various locations in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, though only in areas approved for student travel by Tulane’s Office of Study Abroad and vetted through the Tulane Faculty Committee responsible for approving such travel. Tulane faculty members Brian Horowitz and Yehuda Halper will accompany students on all official functions.

The Program is open only to Tulane undergraduates who (i) have taken JWST 3220 (Arab-Israeli Conflict) or an equivalent course by May 2015; (ii) are enrolled full time in the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters; and (iii) will be enrolled full time as undergraduates at Tulane in the Fall 2015 semester.


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