Teaching About Israel and Palestine

  • 25 Oct 2014
  • 8:30 AM
  • 26 Oct 2014
  • 12:45 PM
  • Philadelphia, PA

Teaching About Israel and Palestine

A History Institute for Teachers

Sponsored by
The Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute
at the Foreign Policy Research Institute


Teaching the Israel-Palestine Conflict

  • Abdel Monem Said Aly, President, Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo
  • Shai Feldman, Judy and Sidney Swartz Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
  • Khalil Shikaki, Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah

The Palestine Mandate

  • Adam Garfinkle, Editor, The American Interest

The Birth and Evolution of Zionism

  • Liora Halperin, Assistant Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder

The Birth and Evolution of Palestinian Nationalism

  • Ann Lesch, Emeritus Professor, American University of Cairo

The Partition of Palestine

  • Bernard Wasserstein, Harriet & Ulrich E. Meyer Professor Emeritus of Modern European Jewish History, University of Chicago

The History of the Peace Process

  • TBA

Public Opinion in Israel and Palestine

  • Justin Finkelstein, Harvey Sicherman Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute

Does the Two-State Solution Have a Future?

  • Moderator: Trudy Rubin, Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP)
  • Asher Susser, Professor of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University


Forty participants will be selected to receive:

  • complimentary overnight accommodations for those outside of the Philadephia vicinity;
  • complimentary lunch and dinner on Saturday, plus continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute;
  • stipends of $200 for well-developed lesson plans for posting on our website that effectively utilize the experience of the weekend conference, or documentation of in-service presentations based on the weekend;
  • partial travel reimbursements (up to $250) for participants outside the vicinity of the conference center;
  • subscription to E-Notes, FPRI's weekly bulletin; and Footnotes, FPRI's bulletin for high school teachers.
  • a certificate of participation in a program offering 12 hours of instruction. In addition, for those interested, college credit is available for a small fee through our cooperating institution, Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Videotapes of the entire conference will be posted subsequently on our website, plus texts of selected lectures.



Please email to history@fpri.org a resume and a short statement describing your current teaching or professional assignments, your reasons for wanting to attend, and how your students or school district will benefit from your participation. NOTE: At the time of application, you are asked to make a commitment either to prepare a curriculum unit based on the weekend or to do in-service activities based on the weekend (in exchange for a stipend).
Schools with a school membership in FPRI's Wachman Center are guaranteed one place at one History Institute weekend per year. For information about school membership, contact: egilman@fpri.org.

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