Palestine and Israel, Twice-Promised Land – An Exploration Through Film

Palestine and Israel, Twice-Promised Land – An Exploration Through Film
5 sessions, 12.5 hours 

For almost 70 years the Palestine-Israel conflict has persisted as “the most fundamental fault line” in the Middle East. This course will provide a unique forum for analyzing one of the most important and complex struggles of our time, a seemingly intractable issue with widespread ramifications within that region and beyond.

Through lecture, discussion, and the medium of film, both documentary and dramatic, participants will have the opportunity to explore and reflect on the roots of this conflict while appreciating the complex and deeply-held convictions of both Arabs and Israelis, people who cling to conflicting national aspirations. Divergent opinions within each group will be examined. Also included for consideration will be the history and role of the United States in this struggle as well as American potential for brokering a just and enduring peace in the Holy Land.

Every attempt will be made to foster a courteous and respectful dialogue in a climate that welcomes all perspectives.

Instructor: Freelance writer, consultant, and educator for more than forty years, Linda Pappas Funsch is a specialist in modern Middle East studies and Islamic history. She has studied, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the region. Introduced to the Arab world as an undergraduate at the American University in Cairo (Egypt), she earned an MA in Near Eastern Area Studies at New York University.

Ms. Funsch served at the League of Arab States mission to the United Nations, edited The Arab World magazine, administered grants for the Ford Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon, and directed the American Research Center in Egypt. A frequent speaker at universities and scholarly symposia, she has taught at the undergraduate level at Iona College (NY), Mount St. Mary’s University and Hood College. She has led two ILR-sponsored study visits to the Middle East, including Egypt (2008) and Morocco (2013).

Author of several published articles, Linda Funsch’s latest book, Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), has been translated into Arabic. Following a nation-wide book launch in Muscat in 2017 it won critical acclaim throughout the countries of the Persian Gulf.

ILR378 Palestine and Israel, Twice-Promised Land – An Exploration Through Film
4-Digit Number: 5623
Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 10/3/17 – 10/31/17
Location: Sweadner Hall
Tuition: $40 Fee: $99 Total: $139
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only.



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