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Arab and Israeli Negotiators Meet in Class with QC History Students


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
(718) 997-559

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5



In its continuing effort to find common ground between Muslims and Jews, Queens College will kick off a new semester of intercultural events with classroom lectures by Arab and Israeli negotiators, and a concert with famous Muslim and Jewish musicians that celebrates the common traditions and fosters an understanding of the differences between both groups.

3:05 - 5:30 pm Queens College Class: “Living History: Inside Arab-Israeli Negotiations”
Queens College, Powdermaker Hall, Room 115
American, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators who have been directly involved in
the Middle East peace process will meet with students in the class of Queens
College History Professor Mark Rosenblum. These meetings will continue over
the course of six weeks. After reviewing the literature on Israeli-Arab
negotiations, undergraduates will then “walk in the other side’s shoes.” This means
that they will assume roles opposite to their own views and form teams in a
simulation of an Israeli-Palestinian negotiation.
5:30–7:30 pm Common Chords II—A Celebration of Muslim and Jewish Music
Featuring Metropolitan Opera Soprano Monica Yunus
in song and conversation with musicians Salman Ahmad and Yale Strom
Queens College Music Building, LeFrak Concert Hall
Last year’s Common Chords concert presented Ahmad and Strom together
for the first time. This year, they will be joined by internationally acclaimed
soprano Monica Yunus, a Muslim American who was born in Bangladesh and
who is the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus. In
addition to singing, Yunus will discuss her work promoting tolerance. Forest
Hills High School students from the morning workshop will attend. A reception
featuring Halal and Kosher cuisine will close the evening.

Both events are presented by The Middle East and America: Clash of Civilizations or Meeting of the Minds, Professor Rosenblum’s nationally acclaimed project begun in 2004 to promote understanding and informed discussion about the Arab-Israeli conflict. The project initially brought together 15 Queens College undergraduates—Jews, Muslims, and Christians—for research and discussion of the Arab-Israeli conflict. They were joined by an assistant principal and history and world studies teachers from five Queens high schools. Hundreds of high school teachers have since been trained in the methodology of “walking in the other side’s shoes.” This semester, the project is being replicated in California—its first time to be adopted by another state. The Middle East and America is an initiative of the Michael Harrington Center at Queens College and the Taft Institute. Funding for these programs is provided, in part, by the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Project and the Clinton Global Initiative.


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