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2010 Greeley Scholar

Gavriel Salomon:

2010 UMass Lowell

Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies

"Beyond Coexistence: Teaching for Peace"
Gavriel Salomon is the founder and director of the Center for Research on Peace Education in Haifa. Professor Salomon was the Dean of the Faculty of Education and an educational psychology professor at the University of Haifa. He is co-chair of the board of directors of Sikkuy, the Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel, and chair of the Academic Council of the Arab Academic College El-Kassami. Professor Salomon received the Israel Award in 2001 for his work in the field of peace education.

In 2006, Salomon was elected fellow of the International Academy of Education. He has written several books, including Communication and Education and Technology and Education in the Information Age and was the editor of Peace Education: The Concept, The Principles and The Research. Professor Salomon received his B.A. and M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Ph.D. in educational psychology and communication from Stanford University.

The Greeley Scholar program is funded by the Greeley Endowment for Peace Studies and was established with a major gift from the Dana McLean Greeley Foundation for Peace and Justice of Concord and a major contribution from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via the UMass Foundation.


April 6: Day Without Violence Campus Lecture
Professor Salomon presented on “Peace Education in the Midst of Conflict” to a packed audience in the Recital Hall in Durgin.

April 8: Lowell High School
Professor Salomon spoke to 100 upperclassmen about the importance of Peace Education.
“Dr. Salomon’s presentation
demonstrated how sports brings
people together to work towards
common goals and inspires respect
and civility among the participants.
Dr. Salomon’s presentation inspired
our students to continue to use
sports as a vehicle to promote positive
social change.”
—Dana Skinner, Director of Athletics

April 9: Student/Athlete Award Luncheon
As the keynote speaker at the annual
ceremony which honors UMass Lowell’s
top student/athletes, Professor Salomon
spoke about how sports can lead to peace.

April 11: First Parish Church
Fulfilling the Greeley Scholarship’s mission of reaching out into the community, Professor Salomon spoke to members of the First Parish Church in Concord, Massachusetts.

April 12: Playing for Peace: How Sports Can Get Us to Our Goal
Chancellor Marty Meehan Introduced Gavriel Salomon at the Community Presentation on “Playing for Peace.” Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs & International Relations Marcellette Williams also offered remarks.

UMass Lowell faculty, administrators, community members and the men’s and women’s soccer teams and women’s basketball team attended Professor Salomon’s lecture on sports and peace.

April 14: Temple Emanu-el
Professor Emeritus Stuart Mandell and Rabbi Korinow hosted Professor Salomon for a lecture on the peace processes in Israel and Northern Ireland.

April 18: Israeli Consulate of New England
Gavriel Salomon and Padraig O’Malley, the 2009 Greeley Scholar, spoke about the progress of peace in Israel and Northern Ireland at an event hosted by Nadav Tamir, Consul General of Israel to New England.

April 20: Boston Jewish Community
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) held an event for Professor Salomon to talk about the prospects of peace education in the Israeli-Arab conflict.

April 21: Brandeis University
“Professor Salomon’s visit was a great success. His presentations to the academic and religious communities in Lowell, Boston, and the surrounding communities
advanced each group’s understanding about the prospects for peace education in the 21st century.”
Paul Marion, Executive Director
Office of Community and Cultural Affairs

Gavriel Salomon joined Mari Fitzduff, head of the Conflict and Coexistence Program at Brandeis University, to present on the progress of Peace in Israel and Northern Ireland.

April 22: New Israel Fund
Members of JStreet, a Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace organization, and the New Israel Fund came together at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University to hear Professor Salomon speak about Peace Education.

April 22: UMass Boston
David Matz, head of the Dispute Resolution Program at UMass Boston
welcomed Professor Salomon for a talk on Peace Education.

Gavriel Salomon (Left) and Padraig O’Malley (Right) speak about the Progress
of Peace in Israel and Northern Ireland at the residence of the Israel Consul General to New England, Nadav Tamir. Dr. Paula Rayman (center) moderated the discussion.



Peace Education
Peace education strives to help both sides accept the legitimacy of
the other’s collective narrative. This requires a willingness to acknowledge one’s own role in a conflict, develop empathy for the “other’s” suffering and fear, and cultivate nonviolent dispositions and behaviors.

Sports and Peace
Bi-national teams (consisting of both Israelis and Palestinians, for instance) are very effective in changing minds and hearts—affecting attitudes, feelings, stereotypes and desires for contact. There are at least four important reasons for the success of these mixed team activities. First, playing soccer together (or any other team-based competitive sport) requires much interdependence that is totally divorced from ethnic, religious or national identity. Second,
the players have a clear common goal toward which they play. Third, the mixed team has parental, community and institutional support, and finally— and most importantly—the common goal is of utmost importance to the players.

Progress of Peace in Israel and Northern Ireland
There are clear similarities between the two conflicts: A small native minority faces, what it perceives—occupation by an outside force. But there are also large differences that led to successful peace processes in Northern Ireland and failures in Israel. For instance, the solution sought in Northern Ireland was sharing of political parties and communities. In Israel the direction is not cooperation but partition into two uni-national states which leads to a zero-sum conflict.



  • Middle East Center for Peace, Development, and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Peace and Conflict Studies Institute