New Summer Institute in Israel to Create Cross
Contact: Alicia Post • Program Coordinator • Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel • 646-459-3796 • info@FF2Israel.org
June 16, 2008 --
Sponsored by Media Watch International along with Jewish National Fund (JNF) and Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the two-week program seeks to link scholars from diverse disciplines with their Israeli counterparts at major institutions. The participants -- who come from the U.S., Italy, Korea, Great Britain, and Canada -- will also meet with professionals involved in government, industry, education, media and other sectors to understand the many facets of Israel’s evolving national and international policies. The participants will gain a deeper awareness of the many challenges faced by the country and the creativity, spirit and ingenuity that Israelis bring to tackling these issues.
The program will highlight several key categories:
“This is not a mission to Israel,” said program coordinator Alicia Post. “Rather it is an opportunity for participants to be hosted by peer academics on their campuses in Israel. They will meet with other distinguished faculty from leading Israeli institutions to participate in a cross-cultural dialogue on professional and intellectual issues of, or related to, their specific respective disciplines. What distinguishes this program is the expectation that participants will leave the fellowship with a true sense of how academic life exists in a region that is so often the subject of academic debate. Fellows will have the opportunity to propose and discuss with Israeli counterparts the development of independent and collaborative research in their disciplines. The program provides its participants with the opportunity to prepare and present their work to Israeli students and faculty and walk away with a better understanding of Israeli perspectives.”
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