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Brown Bag: Maya Kahanoff:Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:Prospects and Challenges

  • September 16, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Arlington Campus, Metropolitan Building, Conference Room 5183

Please join the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR) in welcoming Maya Kahanoff (Ph.D) for a Brown Bag discussion on 'Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Prospects and Challenges'. Maya will be joined by co-discussant Fakhira Halloun, and the event will be moderated by Professor Kevin Avruch.

Maya Kahanoff (Ph.D) is a lecturer at the Hebrew University Conflict Research & Resolution program and a research fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University. Her research interests include: dialogue in ethno-national conflicts; reconciliation processes and mechanisms in protracted social conflicts; collective trauma, healing and Reconciliation. She has worked with the Bereaved Palestinian and Israeli Families Forum for Peace and Reconciliation (PCFF) for the last three years as an academic consultant and evaluator of their various projects. Maya  will be discussing her paper on a possible reconciliation process within the context of the on-going conflict, at the pre-peace agreement stage. The paper, which was written in consultation with the PCFF’s members, reflects the expertise and knowledge attained in more than a decade of reconciliation activities and research.

Fakhira Halloun is a Palestinian woman and citizen of Israel. She holds a BA in social work and an MS in criminology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is currently undertaking her PhD studies in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.Fakhira has acquired considerable professional experience in conflict transformation, and specializes in facilitating dialogue between Jewish and Palestinian mixed groups. Fakhira is an educator and advocate for human rights and democracy, as well as a social and political feminist activist, who strives to bring about change within the Arab community and to achieve equality for the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel.

Kevin Avruch is the Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Resolution and Professor of Anthropology in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and faculty and senior fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program (School of Public Policy), at George Mason University. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. He has taught at UCSD, the University of Illinois at Chicago and, since 1980, at George Mason University, where he served as Coordinator of the Anthropology Program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 1990-1996. From 2005-2008 he served as Associate Director of S-CAR.

The Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF) is an Israeli-Palestinian organization of bereaved families, who have lost a family member in the course of the conflict, and claims that reconciliation between the two peoples is possible despite the long and deep conflict. During the past two-three years, the PCFF has taken upon itself to advance the notion of reconciliation in the political sphere as well as in the society at large.

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