Director of Middle East Center Speaks at United States Embassy in Israel

Professor Paula Rayman, Director of the Middle East Center, was selected to speak as part of the Distinguished American Speaker program at the United States Embassy in Israel. She was hosted by Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Goldberger and his wife, Eden. In her presentation, “An American Scholar Looks ‘Beyond Coexistence’ in Israel,” Prof. Rayman spoke about how nonviolent action has been instrumental in advancing the quest for democracy and better social and economic conditions in the US and the region, and examined how nonviolent interactions within Israeli society between Arab and Jewish populations may bring about constructive change. 

Following her remarks, the audience of 35 professors, NGO leaders and community activists engaged in a lively discussion.  Prof. Rayman was in Israel on a Senior Fulbright Specialist Award, and was working with the University of Haifa on the study “Beyond Coexistence: Israeli Arab and Jewish Relations.” Prof. Rayman also spoke to Jewish and Arab women leaders on the issue of "Can You Work and Have a Life?"