The UMass Lowell Middle East Center brings speakers to campus to present their research on key issues in the region relating to peace, development, and culture. Below are working papers from some of our guest speakers.
Professor Yoram Meital is the Chair-person of the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy, and the past Chair of the Department of Middle East Studies, at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). Professor Meital is an expert on subjects related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the politics of Arab states, and nationalism in the Middle East (with special emphasize on Egypt). He has been quoted regularly about the current crisis in the media.
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 as fellow of the International Academy of Education.
Does Peace Education Really Make a Difference?
Professor Sammy Smooha is Professor of Sociology at the University of Haifa (since 1974) and a Visiting Professor in the Sociology Department and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University (2010-11). He was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC (2009-10), Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences (2006-09), President of Israeli Sociological Society (2008-10), and a laureate of Israel Prize for Sociology (2008).
The Beyond Coexistence Index is a result of a UMass Lowell-sponsored program which sought to build upon Dr. Paula Rayman's Fulbright work. The research was gathered by graduate student Allegra Williams, who looked for programs that brought together Israelis and Palestinians in meaningful ways to deal with the conflict. Groups in the index approach conflict resolution in a variety of ways, from creating economic and employment opportunities, to creating arts and theatre programming for youth.
During the Summer of 2009, Allegra Williams met face to face with many of the leaders of the beyond coexistence organizations in the Index as part of the University's delegation trip to Israel, and began to forge relationships with those groups. As the Center for Peace, Development and Culture grows, UMass Lowell may have the opportunity to partner with many of these NGOs on a variety of projects or coursework. The Index and these relationships are therefore a work-in-progress, and both continue to grow as more and more NGOs within Israel establish themselves in an effort to promote peace in the region. We hope that this Index can serve as a resource for anyone interested in peace work in the Middle East.