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Arab, Jew discuss attaining peace in the Middle East

October 4, 2010

Anisa Mehdi, an Emmy-award winning journalist and filmmaker specializing in Islam, and Michael Lame, a management consultant and organizational trainer conducting leadership and communications programs in the U.S. and the Middle East, will discuss the conflict in the Middle East 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.

Disagreeing on Everything: A Debate on Attaining Peace in the Middle East
Wednesday, Oct. 6
7 p.m.
Lory Student Center North Ballroom

Anisa Mehdi, an American Arab, and Michael Lame, an American Jew, have been friends and collaborators for more than 20 years.

Art of respectful dispute

Anisa Mehdi and Michael Lame present, explore, and discuss with the audience various perspectives that keep peace between Israelis and Palestinians at bay. Sharing the floor, Mehdinisa and Lame demonstrate the art of respectful dispute, while simultaneously they “argue” points of history, religion, aggression, victimization, justice, and conflict resolution.

Too often students are pinioned between irreconcilable points of views on Middle East conflict. You are either pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian; you are pro-Arab and anti-Semitic or pro-Israeli and anti-human rights; you are pro-war or pro-peace.

Either/or's ineffective and shallow

In today's multi-dimensional and nuanced reality, either/or's are ineffective and shallow. The stand-offs that result from polarization limit valuable opportunities for education and understanding.

Mehdi and Lame have been friends and collaborators for more than 20 years. Mehdi, an American Arab and Lame, an American Jew, served together on the board of directors of The Foundation for Mideast Communication. They have also co-led the Re-Thinking the Middle East workshop for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim audiences around the United States. They lead day-long seminars called “Seeing Both Sides” for American corporations and collaborating on a book about this work.

This event is open to the public and free. No tickets are being distributed for this event. Please come early for seating.

Effective communication on a sensitive topic

"Disagreeing on Everything" gives students new insight into effective communication on a very sensitive topic. It will increase knowledge of and appreciation for both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and will stimulate an on-going interest in the subject. Content includes:

  • analysis of stereotypes
  • exploring the religious dimension of the problem
  • historical perspectives
  • stumbling blocks to peace
  • impact this conflict has on the U.S. and the World

The Wolfman Productions event is sponsored by the ASCSU, Council of International Student Affairs, Apartment Life, and the Office of International Programs.

Contact: Nasir Jalal
Phone: (970) 492-9065