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Mideast Peace is Topic at UCR

UC Riverside to Host Israeli-Palestinian Peace Movement Experts

Free Public Lecture and Discussion Part of National College Tour

(September 27, 2002)

Ending the cycle of violence in the Middle East is the topic of a free, public discussion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the University Lecture Hall at UC Riverside. The featured speakers are Rema Hammami, of Birzeit University, Palestine, and Oren Yiftachel of Ben Gurion University, Israel.

They are member of Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace,, a group composed of faculty from both Palestinian and Israeli universities who are working toward a just and lasting peace. This group has scheduled a national college tour in October, with stops at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, New York University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara and the University of Southern California before and after their appearance at UCR.

This is an excellent opportunity for residents of the Inland Empire to hear first-hand from people who are experts on this crucial and difficult issue. Hammami is a cultural anthropologist studying changes in Palestinian society relevant and necessary to stabilize democratic institutions in a new Palestinian state. Yiftachel studies the importance of land-use decisions for relations between Palestinians and Israelis.

Their presentation will be followed by a short panel discussion and response from UCR faculty members, including Howard Wettstein (Philosophy), June O’Connor (Religious Studies), and Michael Feener (Religious and Islamic Studies). Following the panel there will be ample time for questions from the audience.

The event is sponsored by UC Riverside United Campus Ministry, Hillel, the departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies, St. Andrew’s Newman Center and the United Nations Association USA.

While the discussion is free, campus parking costs $5.

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