Israel/Palestine 2011

Course : CLOSED

March 10 – 20th, 2011    $1995 w/o airfare (3 credits available)

Description: This seminar will be a highly challenging practical intervention in perhaps the most long-term and intense intractable global conflict. The course will take place literally on the border of Israel and Palestine, with class time and intensive engagements on both sides of the border, engagements with Palestinian and Jewish social change agents, social businesses, and cutting edge peacemakers.

This experience will be an integration of new theoretical approaches to peacebuilding in a uniquely intractable conflict where CRDC has innovated a direct intervention of social justice practice, study, and engagement.  The course has been carefully engineered to support directly agents of change, peacemakers, and socially responsible small businesses.  The student is immediately experiencing, participating in and observing a direct intervention in which the course itself is a device to aid the lives and livelihoods of poor change agents, both nonprofit and for profit, Palestinian and Jewish. In addition, the seminar and its experiences are fundamentally a dual narrative approach to understanding the reality on the ground. Every day of the seminar will involve study and field work on both sides of the border with Palestinians and Israeli Jews. The method of intervention is utterly new in its combination of nonprofit, for profit, social justice and conflict resolution, and begs for the evolution of theory and research from the students.

The model is a combination of intensive classroom study, a wide variety of speakers from the local region, and extensive field experience engaging communities across the spectrum for a period of ten days, combined with preparation meetings, follow up meetings and individual help with research.

APPLICATION PROCESS: In order to be eligible for the educational seminar in Jerusalem,  participants must submit a CV (or resume), a personal statement of no more than one page explaining why they want to participate in the course and a photocopy of their passport to

ELIGIBILITY: Integration of Theory and Practice in Jerusalem is open to all Mason and non-Mason Bachelors, MS and PhD students as a 3 credit course and to non-students as a professional development seminar.  Mason students can take the course as CONF 900, 697, 642, 399 or 385.  (Other options may be available – Check with your advisor).

Course Directors: Marc Gopin, James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, Founder, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC); Aziz Abu Sarah, CRDC Director of Middle East Projects, former Palestinian Chairman, Parents Circle Bereaved Families Forum, columnist for Al-Quds Newspaper and regular contributor to the Jerusalem Post; Scott Cooper, CRDC Managing Director; Kobi Skolnick, former Israeli settler turned peace activist, CRDC Associate



*Program fee includes double-occupancy hotel lodging (a single room can be purchased for an additional $350.00), daily breakfast; all lunches and some dinners; in-country ground transportation; cultural excursions; course trainers and speakers costs; but NOT tuition or international airfare. Tuition rates can be found on the George Mason University website (course can be take with or without college credit). Day trips include: Dead Sea, Tel Aviv/Yafo and the Old City.  (Applicants who applied and were accepted by 10/01 have the option of group airfare from DC to Tel Aviv for an additional $1000.00)


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Pictures from the 2010 CRDC Course in Jerusalem