Leadership, Partners, and Participants


The Presidents

Sari Nusseibeh is president of Al-Quds University. Dr. Nusseibeh was responsible for envisioning the partnership with Dr. Jehuda Reinharz, former president of Brandeis University. President Nusseibeh held discussions with President Reinharz in early 2003 in which the two presidents envisioned a partnership that would strengthen both institutions. President Nusseibeh visited Brandeis in September 2004 and June 2005 as part of Al-Quds planning delegations, and hosted Brandeis delegations at Al-Quds University in December 2003, February 2004, December 2005 and January 2007. He also visited Brandeis in October 2007 as part of the Meet the Author series.

Fred Lawrence is president of Brandeis University. He took office as the eighth president of Brandeis University on Jan. 1, 2011. An accomplished scholar, teacher and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes. Prior to Brandeis, Lawrence was dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School from 2005 to 2010. During his tenure there, Lawrence brought in the strongest five classes in the law school’s history and led five of its most effective years of fundraising, despite historically challenging economic conditions. He recruited an impressive number of new faculty members with expertise in a range of areas, from international courts and tribunals to environmental law. Lawrence also increased financial aid, expanded facilities, opened doors to faculty endowments and sought new programmatic possibilities nationally and internationally.

Jehuda Reinharz is president emeritus of Brandeis University. He envisioned the partnership with Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al-Quds University, and oversaw the partnership in its initial years.

Project Leaders

Khuloud Khayyat Dajani served as project director for the Brandeis/Al-Quds partnership at Al-Quds and was co-chair of the partnership steering committee. She is a professor in social medicine and health policy at Al-Quds University, the assistant to the board of trustees and the president, the dean of public health and the head of the child institute for health and development. She also co-directed the public health academic exchange with Brandeis Heller School professor A.K. Nandakumar. Dr. Dajani visited Brandeis in September 2004, June 2005 and May 2008 to advance the conception of the partnership and plan its implementation. She met with A.K. Nandakumar when he visited Palestine in 2006 for the Health Policy exchange.

Daniel Terris is the director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. He served as project director for the partnership at Brandeis and co-chair of the partnership steering committee. He visited Al-Quds almost every year during the partnership, and hosted delegations at Brandeis. Terris received his PhD in the history of American civilization from Harvard University, and he has written on 20th-century history, literature and religion.

Steering Committee

Imad Abu Kishek serves as vice president for administrative and financial affairs at Al-Quds University. He led the partnership’s Administration and Finance exchange. He spent two years at Brandeis, where he met with senior administration officials and created a strategic operating plan for Al-Quds.

Musa Bajali is the dean of the school of dentistry at Al-Quds University. He is also the acting assistant to the president for financial and administrative affairs. He hosted Brandeis University delegates to Al-Quds in 2003 and 2005. He participated in the Administration and Finance exchange and was an acting member of the Steering Committee in Imad Abu Kishek's absence from Al-Quds.

Hassan Dweik is Al-Quds University’s executive vice president and a member of the Brandeis/Al-Quds partnership steering committee. Dr. Dweik met with Brandeis University partnership delegates in Jerusalem in December 2004, February 2005, December 2005 and May 2008. He co-directs the science education exchange with Robert Lange.

John Hose was formerly executive assistant to the president and associate vice president for university affairs at Brandeis University. Dr. Hose was a member of the steering committee overseeing the partnership. He visited Al-Quds in December 2003 for initial partnership planning and hosted the Al-Quds steering committee at Brandeis in September 2004 and June 2005.

Susan S. Lanser is a professor and former chair of the women’s and gender studies program at Brandeis University. She co-led the Effective Teaching exchange. She visited Al-Quds in June 2006, October 2007, May 2008, and June 2010, and she hosted numerous delegations at Brandeis. She also co-organized the first joint conference “Women, Leadership, State and Society.”

Adnan Rashid al-Manasra is vice president for planning and development at Al-Quds University. He was a member of the steering committee that oversaw the partnership. He visited Brandeis University in September 2004 and June 2005 to advance the conception of the partnership and plan its implementation. He hosted Brandeis delegates to Al-Quds in December 2003, February 2005 and December 2005.

Michaele Whelan was formerly the vice provost of Brandeis University. She was the Brandeis faculty leader of the 2007 Undergraduate Summer Institute. She hosted several Al-Quds delegations to Brandeis.

Elaine Wong is the senior associate dean of arts and sciences at Brandeis. She co-led the Effective Teaching exchange. She visited Al-Quds in May 2006, October 2007, May 2008, and June 2010, and hosted several delegations at Brandeis.

Participants

Ziad Abdeen is associate professor of community health at Al-Quds University. He visited Brandeis in September 2004.

Taisir Abdullah is professor of psychology and director of West Bank activities at the Child Institute of Al-Quds University. He hosted Brandeis delegations to Al-Quds in October 2007 and May 2008.

Khalil Muhammad Khalil Adwan is a student in the faculty of Medicine at Al-Quds University who participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Labib Arafeh is the assistant to the vice president for academic affairs at Al-Quds University. He participated in the Effective Teaching exchange and visited Brandeis in October 2006 to meet with Brandeis faculty, students and administrators.

Ziad Abu Awad is assistant to the dean for student affairs at Al-Quds University. He participated in the undergraduate student exchange. He served as the student affairs leader for the undergraduate summer institute in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ghadeer Abu Kishek worked with the Institute of Modern Media at Al-Quds. She spent two years at Brandeis coordinating the communications exchange for Al-Quds University, where she translated English documents and the partnership Web site into Arabic and facilitated the relationship between Brandeis and Al-Quds.

Mohammad Abu-Qabita was a member of the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul. He believes that people can gain power and dignity through education, the most important commodity in developing a civil society.

Sinan Abu Shanab participated in the 2008 Summer Institute. He began his third year at Al-Quds University in fall 2008. He was born in the UK and then moved back with his family to Palestine. Sinan has a wide knowledge about world cultures. He was very excited to participate in this workshop and hopes to gain more knowledge about other students and other cultures.

Nasser Alafandi is the director of services at Al-Quds University. He participated in the administration and finance exchange, and visited Brandeis in May 2006. Mr. Alafandi met with Brandeis administrators in order to understand the campus operations department at Brandeis. He participated in the creation of a strategic plan for Al-Quds.

Rola Alafandi is the director of public relations at Al-Quds University. She participated in the communications exchange and visited Brandeis in May 2006. Ms. Alafandi worked with the Brandeis Office of Communications to create fundraising and public relations material for Al-Quds.

Mohammed Alamayra is personnel technology specialist at Al-Quds University. He participated in the administration and finance exchange and visited Brandeis in May 2006. Mr. Alamayra met with members of the human resources information systems group at Brandeis, as well as other technology groups, in order to develop a connection between payroll and financial affairs at Al-Quds University.

Anwar Alhalabiea was a student of political science at the College of Arts at Al-Quds University and president of the student council.

Zakaria Al-Qaq is vice president for Academic Affairs at Al-Quds University. He co-directed the communications exchange. He hosted Brandeis University visitors to Al-Quds in December 2005 and May 2008.

Joyce Antler is the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and professor of women’s studies. She participated in the American studies exchange and served as a faculty advisor to the visiting Al-Quds students in March 2006.

Marwan Aqel studied electrical engineering and began his fourth year at Al-Quds University in fall 2008. He participated in the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul.

Matt Ashland was a classroom technology specialist at Brandeis University. He helped implement sound system technology for the American studies celebration at Brandeis in March 2006.

Sherri Avery director of financial aid and student employment, was a Brandeis counterpart for a visiting Al-Quds University administrator and hosted Al-Quds visitors in May 2006.

Mark Auslander was formerly a lecturer in anthropology and director of the MA program in cultural production at Brandeis University. He participated in the American studies exchange, serving as a faculty adviser to the visiting Al-Quds students in March 2006. He also participated in the Effective Teaching exchange and hosted Al-Quds delegates in October 2006.

Musa Bajali is the dean of the school of dentistry at Al-Quds University. He is also the acting assistant to the president for financial and administrative affairs. He hosted Brandeis University delegates to Al-Quds in 2003 and 2005. He participated in the Administration and Finance exchange.

Feras Barakat is Al-Quds University’s general accountant. He participates in the Administration and Finance exchange and visited Brandeis in May 2006. He met with members of the financial affairs office, as well as members of Library and Technology Services.

Zena Barakat was an MA candidate Al-Quds University’s American studies Institute. She traveled to Brandeis University in 2006 to meet with American studies faculty and students, and to research her thesis.

Juana Batarseh is from Bethlehem and began her fifth year in dentistry at Al-Quds University in the fall of 2008. She participated in the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul.

Alwina Bennett is assistant provost for graduate student affairs at Brandeis University. She was the student affairs leader for the undergraduate summer institute in Istanbul, Turkey.

Eliana Zeidan Berkley was an MA candidate at Al-Quds University’s American studies institute. She traveled to Brandeis University in March 2006 to meet with American studies faculty and students, and to research her thesis.

Jason Bernard, associate director of academic technology at the International Business School, helped coordinate Brandeis Library and Technology Services support of the American studies exchange in March 2006. He  taught a library workshop during the exchange and provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students.

Sarita Bhalotra is associate professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Christine Bishop is Atran Professor of Labor Economics at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Stan Bolotin is assistant director of sponsored programs at Brandeis. He participated in the exchange by managing the financial relationship with the funder.

Bulbul Chakraborty is the Enid and Nate Ancell Professor of Physics at Brandeis University. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Tony Chiefe was formerly senior director of financial systems at Brandeis University. He participated in the Administration and Finance exchange as a Brandeis counterpart to a visiting Al-Quds University administrator.

Mark Collins is senior vice president for administration at Brandeis. He worked on the administration and finance exchange. He met with Imad Abu Kishek to help orient him to Brandeis operations. He met with members of the Al-Quds University delegation in May 2006 and participated in discussions surrounding the Al-Quds strategic plan.

Jerry Cohen is associate professor of American studies at Brandeis. He participated in the American studies exchange in March 2006.

Peter Conrad is Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences at Brandeis University. He participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Claire Cooper began her second year at Brandeis in Fall 2008. She is interested in pursuing a major in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and has a passion for studying languages. At Brandeis she participates in STAND, a student anti-genocide group, and is learning to design and run lighting for theatrical productions. In her free time Claire tries to take advantage of the many great museums and sites of Boston. Claire's family is very important to her. She was thrilled at the chance to participate in this program and to foster new relationships with the students from Al-Quds.

Mohammed Dajani is the director and founder of the American Studies Institute at Al-Quds University. He co-directed the partnership’s American studies academic exchange with Daniel Terris, and visited Brandeis in 2005 to plan the exchange. He led a delegation of four Al-Quds American studies graduate students to Brandeis in 2006.

Saker Darwish is associate professor of physics at Al-Quds University. He co-led the next phase of the Effective Teaching Exchange and coordinated the May 2008 workshop. He hosted Brandeis delegations in October 2007 and May 2008.

Ameen Dawabshe is the director of grants and projects at Al-Quds University. He participated in the Administration and Finance exchange, and in May 2006 visited Brandeis University, where he met with members of the Sponsored Programs Department and members of Library and Technology Services.

Jonathan Decter is associate professor  and Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic studies at Brandeis University. He participated in the Effective Teaching exchange and hosted visiting Al-Quds faculty in October 2006.

Lori Dembowitz was formerly director of library and technology services at Brandeis University. She hosted Al-Quds University visitors in 2006 and provided leadership regarding Brandeis University's library and technology offerings during Al-Quds visits.

Holly Devon, student from Los Angeles, participated in the 2008 Summer Institute. Holly has always been fascinated by learning different cultural perspectives through studying and making connections. At Brandeis, she participated in the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. In her spare time, Holly loves to read, explore Boston with her friends and go salsa dancing on the weekends.

Daniel DeWolff is a graphic designer and web developer at Al-Quds University. He participated in the communications exchange, and visited Brandeis University in May 2006. DeWolff worked with the Brandeis office of communications to create fundraising and marketing materials for Al-Quds University.

Omar Dhaher is an instructor in the computer science department at Al-Quds University. He participates in the Effective Teaching exchange and visited Brandeis in fall 2006 to meet with Brandeis faculty, students, and administrators.

Jean Eddy was formerly senior vice president for students and enrollment at Brandeis University. She participates in the undergraduate student exchange by providing leadership and resources.

Jumana Tawfiq Edkeidek is a student in the faculty of dentistry at Al-Quds University who participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

David Elwell is director of the office of international studies and Scholars at Brandeis University. He assists international students and scholars with issues related to visas, immigration and arrival in the United States.

Joe Farbeann majored in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and history at Brandeis. He participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Lydia Fash was a distinguished international teaching fellow at Al-Quds University in summer 2008, part of the Effective Teaching Exchange. She has taught literature and writing at private high schools and at Brandeis, and she has instructed non-native speakers in English language at the high school, undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.

Dan Feldman is vice president for planning and institutional research at Brandeis University. He worked on the Administration and Finance exchange with Imad Abu Kishek, focusing on Brandeis capital planning and projects and provided feedback on the Al-Quds strategic plan.

Dian Fox is professor of Spanish, comparative literature and women’s and gender studies at Brandeis University. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Greg Freeze is the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of History and associate dean of graduate studies. He participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Peter French was formerly the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Brandeis University. He served as a senior adviser to the Administration and Finance exchange and met with Imad Abu Kishek regarding the formation of the Al-Quds strategic plan. He met periodically with Abu Kishek and provided crucial feedback into the development of the plan. Abu Kishek met with French’s senior staff to understand the structure and operations at Brandeis.

Thara Fuller was the academic coordinator of community-engaged learning in the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Ofer Ben Gai is assistant controller at Brandeis. He participated in the exchange by assisting with many of the financial aspects of the exchange.

Richard Gaskins is Proskauer Chair in Law and Social Welfare at Brandeis. He participated in the American studies exchange and served as an academic advisor to the visiting Al-Quds students.

David Gil is Professor Emeritus, of Social Policy at the Heller School at Brandeis. He participated in the American studies exchange and served as an academic advisor to the visiting Al-Quds students.

Debra Gratto was formerly the associate vice president for human resources and employee relations at Brandeis University. She worked on the Administration and Finance exchange and met with Imad Abu Kishek to orient him to the Brandeis human resources systems. She also met with the Administration and Finance delegation in May 2006 and provided feedback into the Al-Quds University strategic plan.

Ranin Ghazi Hadid was a student at Al-Quds University who participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Laura Goldin is associate professor in the environmental studies program and internship director for the environmental studies program. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Maria Green was assistant professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She participates in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Motasem Hamdan is an assistant professor of health policy and management at Al-Quds University. He participates in the Effective Teaching exchange and visited Brandeis in 2006 as part of the exchange.

Njelle Hamilton was a distinguished international teaching fellow at Al-Quds University in summer 2008, part of the Effective Teaching Exchange. She is in the process of writing her second novel, "Flight of Fancy," while reading for her PhD qualifying exam in postcolonial literatures, mentoring a group of 10 Posse scholars, and teaching a theme-based writing class on Caribbean music and contemporary writing.

Perry Hanson was formerly the vice president for information technology and vice provost for libraries at Brandeis University, and co-directed the Administration and Finance exchange with Imad Abu Kishek. He worked with Mr. Abu Kishek to orient him to all Brandeis departments and systems and helped him develop a strategic plan for Al-Quds. He visited Al-Quds in December 2003 for initial partnership planning and hosted Al-Quds administrators in their many visits to Brandeis.

Tim Hickey is professor of computer science at Brandeis University. He participated in the Effective Teaching exchange and hosted visiting Al-Quds faculty in fall 2006.

Janet Hill was an applications project leader at Brandeis University. She hosted the Al-Quds American studies exchange participants in March 2006.

Jared Hirsh was a Brandeis student originally from Washington, D.C. Jared attended one of the most ethnically diverse high schools in the U.S. where most students are immigrants and 46 different languages are spoken. At Brandeis, Jared pursued majors in politics and international and global studies, and an economics minor. Jared studied Arabic, worked and traveled in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Jared’s hobbies include martial arts, community service and inter-cultural events.

Leslie Homzie is a former reference librarian at Brandeis University. She provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American studies exchange.

Ola Hussein was administrative assistant for the Al-Quds-Brandeis Project at Al-Quds University. She joined the Al-Quds undergraduate students as administrative coordinator for the 2008 trip to Turkey. Hussein finished her undergraduate studies at Bethlehem University in sociology and administration.

Omar Abu Humos is a professor of English Language at Al-Quds University. He participated in the Effective Teaching exchange and visited Brandeis in 2006 as part of the exchange.

Ashraf Ibrahim was the partnership coordinator for the Administrative and Financial exchange for Al-Quds University. He worked in the Budgeting and Financial Analysis Department at Al-Quds. He helped coordinate the Al-Quds University steering committee and hosted Brandeis delegates to Al-Quds in 2005.

Derek Isaacowitz was formerly associate professor of psychology and of the Volen Center for Complex Systems at Brandeis University. He was a member of the Brandeis delegation that developed and facilitated the May 2008 workshop on student assessment.

Adam Jaffe is the Fred C. Hecht Professor in economics. He co-directed the Effective Teaching exchange and hosted Al-Quds University delegates to Brandeis in September 2004 and March 2006. He hosted additional delegates in the fall of 2006.

Khalil Jamoos is an IT specialist in Al-Quds University’s library. He participated in the Administration and Finance exchange and visited Brandeis University in May 2006, where he met with members of the Brandeis Library and Technology Services department.

Christine Jildeh was the international coordinating officer at Al-Quds University. She visited Brandeis in September 2004 as part of the partnership planning team and hosted Brandeis delegates to Al-Quds in December 2003, February 2005 and December 2005.

Randa Kamal is the director of the libraries at Al-Quds University. She visited Brandeis in September 2004 as part of a planning delegation.

Rawan Kamal studied business administration and started her third year at Al-Quds University in fall 2008. She was a member of the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul. She participated in many social and cultural activities internationally, and undertook an internship at the Middle East Center for Nonviolence.

Ibrahim Kayali visited Brandeis in September 2004 as part of a planning delegation.

Jessica Kent majored in psychology and women and gender studies at Brandeis. She participated in the 2007 undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Daoud Kuttab is the founder and director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al-Quds University, which includes Al-Quds Educational Television. He helped produce a film to document the partnership and participated in the Communications exchange. Mr. Kuttab hosted Brandeis University delegates to Al-Quds University in 2003 and 2005.

Marty Wyngaarden Krauss is Professor Emerita of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She co-led the Effective Teaching exchange with Said Zeedani. She hosted Al-Quds University delegates to Brandeis in September 2004.

Daniel T. Kryder is associate professor of politics at Brandeis University. He was a member of the Brandeis delegation that developed and facilitated the May 2008 workshop on student assessment.

Fadwa al-Labadi is the director of the INSAN Center for Gender and Women’s Studies at Al-Quds and co-directs the women's studies exchange with Shulamit Reinharz. She visited Brandeis in September 2004 as part of the partnership planning team and hosted a Brandeis delegation at Al-Quds in December 2005.

Dalia Labadi is an MA candidate at Al-Quds University's American Studies Institute. She traveled to Brandeis University in 2006 to meet with American studies faculty and students, and to research her thesis.

Robert Lange, physics professor at Brandeis University, worked on the Effective Teaching Exchange. He visited Al-Quds University in October 2007 to further develop partnerships in the sciences.

Tracey Leger-Hornby was formerly the assistant vice president for human resources/business redesign. She participated in the Administration and Finance Exchange as a Brandeis counterpart for a visiting Al-Quds administrator. She also gave a presentation to the visiting administrators on Brandeis human resources business practices.

Marya Levenson is the Harry S. Levitan Director of Teacher Education and Professor of the Practice of Education at Brandeis University. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and traveled to Al-Quds in October 2007.

Mike Lovett is the university photographer at Brandeis. He participated in the Communications exchange. He visited Al-Quds in December 2005 to take photographs and gather materials for the partnership Web site and documentation. His photographs were on display in March 2006 when the American studies delegation from Al-Quds visited Brandeis. Further, his photographs are found on the partnership Web site and in all of the documentation of the Brandeis/Al-Quds partnership.

Joseph Lumbard is an assistant professor of classical Islam at Brandeis University. He participated in the Effective Teaching exchange and hosted visiting Al-Quds faculty in fall 2006.

Gabriela Lupatkin majored in psychology at Brandeis. She participated in the undergraduate 2008 summer institute in Turkey and graduated in May 2008.

Najah Manasra is the acting director for the Insan Center for Gender Studies and Research at Al-Quds University. She participated in the Effective Teaching exchange and visited Brandeis in fall 2006 to meet with Brandeis faculty, students and administrators.

Diana Marte was a sophomore at Brandeis University who participated in the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul. She planned to major in history and politics with a double minor in legal studies and classical studies. She enjoys hanging out with friends, dancing salsa and playing volleyball.

Bashir Martin was in charge of the AmeriCorps and VISTA programs in the division of student life at Brandeis University. He participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Yael Mazor majored in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis. She participated in the 2007 undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Bryan McAllister-Grande was formerly assistant director of the Office of Global Affairs at Brandeis University. He coordinated partnership logistics and details, and he visited Al-Quds University in May 2008 to assist with documentation of the partnership.

Lorna Miles was formerly the senior vice president for communications at Brandeis University. She directed the Communications exchange. She visited Al-Quds in December 2005 as part of the exchange, meeting with members of Al-Quds University and planning exchange activities. Miles also co-directed the documentation and branding of the partnership.

Robin Feuer Miller, the Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities, was the Brandeis faculty leader for the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul. Miller served as dean of arts and sciences for six years and is senior adviser to the provost for faculty.

Nidal Mohsen is a financial aid technology specialist at Al-Quds University. He participated in the Administration and Finance exchange and visited Brandeis University in 2006, where he met with members of Student Services and Library and Technology Services.

Maureen Murphy was formerly vice president for financial affairs and treasurer at Brandeis University. She worked on the Administration and Finance exchange with Imad Abu Kishek. She met with Mr. Abu Kishek and helped orient him to the financial affairs systems at Brandeis. She also contributed feedback to the strategic plan for Al-Quds.

Hala Nabris is assistant to the dean of registration at Al-Quds. She visited Brandeis in September 2004 as part of a planning delegation.

Garrett Nada majored in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis. He participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

A.K. Nandakumar is Professor of the Practice at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Dr. Nandakumar co-directed the Public Health exchange with Khuloud Khayyat Dajani of Al-Quds. He hosted the Al-Quds delegation to Brandeis in June 2005 and visited Al-Quds in 2006 as part of the exchange.

David Nathan is director of development communications at Brandeis University. He participated in the Communications exchange. He hosted a delegation from Al-Quds in June 2005 and worked closely with Ghadeer Abu Kishek. He was also part of the team creating the partnership Web site.

Dennis Nealon was formerly director of media relations at Brandeis University. He worked on the Communications exchange and hosted Al-Quds visitors in September 2004. He also coordinated the “Meet the Author” series, which hosted President Nusseibeh in October 2007.

Marisol Negron was formerly the Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Latino Studies. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Tareq Isam Newara is a student at Al-Quds University who participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Nancy Nies is director of the English as a second language programs at Brandeis. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Hasan Odeh studied Computer Science at Al-Quds University. He participated in the 2008 Summer Institute.

Paul O'Keefe is assistant provost for research administration at Brandeis University. He participated in the Administration and Finance Exchange as a counterpart for Ameen Dawabshe.

Tim O'Neil is associate director of media and technology services at Brandeis University. He participated in the partnership by providing communications technology support and leadership.

Jessica Paquin was formerly the academic internships administrator at Brandeis University. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Daniel Pereira majored in English and creative writing at Brandeis. He participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Dan Perlman is associate provost of innovation in education and professor of biology. He participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Cynthia Phillips, academic program chair for the Information Technology Management, Information Security and Health and Medical Informatics program, participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Judy Pinnolis is a former reference librarian at Brandeis University. She provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American studies exchange.

Wail Qaddomi is director of the personnel department at Al-Quds University. He participated in the Administration and Finance exchange and visited Brandeis University in May 2006, where he met with members of the human relations department.

Zakaria al-Qaq is the vice president for external affairs at Al-Quds University. He co-directed the Communications exchange and hosted Brandeis University delegates in December 2005.

Ban Rafat Muwaswas is a student in the Faculty of dentistry at Al-Quds University, and she started her fifth year in the fall of 2008. She was a member of the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul, Turkey. She has participated in cultural exchanges before. She likes reading, and can speak English and French. She believes that every person should have the right to be free in every aspect of his life while keeping his duties, in a way that will give everyone in the society the perfect place to live in.

Hasan Odeh is studying computer science and participated in the Summer Institute. He started his fourth year at Al-Quds University in Fall 2008. He likes computer science very much and has many certificates in computer training courses. He believes that students should make a positive use of technology in a way that can improve the image of Palestinian society. He has leadership skills and is able to work in teams and under pressure. He has very good command of the English language and hopes to gain more knowledge, experience and also meet new friends.

Basem L. Raad returned to teach in Jerusalem after two years as visiting professor of English and Humanities at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. He was the Al-Quds faculty leader for the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul. He has held various positions in academic administration, in editing, and in community service. His teaching involves U.S. and British literature, as well as rhetoric, cultural studies, world literature and travel writing. Professor Raad has published on topics ranging from Herman Melville and John Updike to travel writing, tourist information, landscape aesthetics, sacred geography, literary globalization and identity politics. His current book project presents alternative views of the culture and history of Palestine and the region.

Laura Reiner, a former reference librarian at Brandeis University, provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American studies exchange.

Shulamit Reinharz is the Jacob S. Potofsky Professor of Sociology and directs the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis. She visited Al-Quds University in December 2003 to plan the initial partnership. Dr. Reinharz also hosted Al-Quds delegation members in their visit to Brandeis in September 2004 and June 2005. She co-chaired the conference committee.

John Richard formerly served as assistant vice president for budget and planning at Brandeis University. He participated in the Administration and Finance exchange by serving as a counterpart to Feras Barakat during the May 2006 Al-Quds visit. He helped orient Al-Quds visitors to Brandies’ budget procedures.

Ian Rifkin is software systems manager in Library and Technology Services and an instructor in the Rabb School of Continuing Studies, Division of Graduate Professional Studies, at Brandeis University. He participated in the Communications exchange by helping to create the partnership Web site.

Vardit Ringvald is an adjunct professor of Hebrew at Brandeis University. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Stephen Robinson was a politics major at Brandeis. He studied Spanish extensively, and was an active member of the Brandeis Rugby team and also participated in improvisational comedy theatre. He was a member of the 2008 Summer Institute in Turkey.

Chris Roppola was a computer classroom coordinator at Brandeis University. He participated in the partnership by providing classroom technology support and leadership.

Sand Salhout is the office manager of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and was the Al-Quds student affairs co-leader for the 2008 Summer Institute. She has been affiliated with Al- Quds University for seven years. She has B.A in Business Administration from Birzeit University and MA in Business Administration from Al- Quds University; she is also a part time faculty member at the Faculty of business and economics. Ms. Salhout has also participated in a number of academic and training workshops in Canada, Spain and Jordan.

Urieb Samad is an MA candidate at Al-Quds University's American Studies Institute. She traveled to Brandeis University in March 2006 to meet with American studies faculty and students, and to research her thesis.

Azadeh Samadani is assistant professor of physics. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Badie Sartawi is director of I.T. at Al-Quds University. He visited Brandeis in September 2004 as part of a planning delegation.

Darwin Scott is a former creative arts librarian at Brandeis University. He provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American studies exchange.

Jeremy Sherer majored in politics at Brandeis. He participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Hila Shimsoni graduated from Brandeis in May 2008. She participated in the 2007 undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Inessa Shishmanyan served as a staff assistant during the American studies exchange. She helped orient the visiting Al-Quds students to Brandeis and coordinate the logistics of the program.

Danielle Shmuely was a Brandeis junior from Queens, NY. She pursued a major in International and Global Studies and participated in the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul. Due to her major and personal background, Danielle is extremely passionate about international relations and being involved in international dialogue in an effort to create more understanding.

Sara Shostak is associate professor of sociology. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Richard Silberman is assistant provost at Brandeis University. He participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Angie Simeone is the former department administrator of the American studies department at Brandeis. She participated in the American studies exchange in March 2006.

Evan Simpson was the former assistant director for resource sharing at Brandeis University. He participated in the American studies Exchange by hosting Al-Quds University students and faculty.

Dawn Skorczewski is director of University Writing and professor of English. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Sybil Smith was executive director of the Rabb School of Continuing Studies at Brandeis University. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Saghi Sofinzon was brought up in France and Israel by Israeli parents. He arrived in Brandeis University this fall after traveling around the world for a year. His degree is still undecided even though he believes that he will specialize in international and global studies and philosophy. He was a member of the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul.

Amal As'ad Abu Srur was a student at Al-Quds University who participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Leslie Stebbins is a former reference librarian at Brandeis University. She provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American Studies exchange.

Melissa Stimell is associate professor of the practice in legal studies and internship director for the legal studies program. She participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Haitham Muhammad Sublaban is a student at Al-Quds University who participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Hani Suleiman is a financial technology specialist at Al-Quds University. He participated in the Administrative and Finance exchange and visited Brandeis University in 2006, where he met with the Financial Systems Group in the Office of Financial Affairs and Library and Technology Services.

Razan Suleiman is a student at Al-Quds University who participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Mustafa Abu Sway is the director of the Islamic Research Center at Al-Quds University. He participated in the Effective Teaching exchange.

Ralph Szymczak is an academic outreach librarian for social sciences at Brandeis University. He provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American studies exchange.

Ruba Taha (Sartawi) was born in the U.S., she is a very active student and is studying medical imaging. She is in her second year now at Al-Quds University. She has many hobbies like playing table tennis and reading. She believes that a good society should be built by education, culture, justice and dignity. She participated in the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul.

Mousa Abu Teir is the chair of the physics department at Al-Quds University. He participated in the Effective Teaching exchange and visited Brandeis in 2006 as part of the exchange. He also hosted Brandeis professor Robert Lange in October 2007 as part of the science exchange.

Anna Tomecka was formerly the chief technology officer at Brandeis University. She participated in the partnership with Al-Quds by making technology resources available and providing technology leadership.

J. Scott Van Der Meid is assistant dean of academic services and director of study abroad at Brandeis University. He participated in the undergraduate student exchange.

Stan Wallack is professor and executive director of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy. He participated in the Effective Teaching Exchange and hosted an Al-Quds delegation in fall 2006.

Susan Wawrzaszek was chief university librarian at Brandeis University. She participated in the partnership with Al-Quds by making resources available and providing leadership.

David Wedaman, director for research and instruction services, Brandeis University, provided resources and leadership in the American studies exchange and Effective Teaching exchange, and hosted Al-Quds University students and faculty during the exchanges.

Steve Whitfield is Max Richter professor of American Civilization at Brandeis. He participated in the American studies exchange and served as an academic adviser to the visiting Al-Quds students.

Josh Wilson, director for academic support and user services, worked on the Administration and Finance exchange with Imad Abu Kishek. He met with Mr. Abu Kishek to help develop ideas for the Al-Quds strategic plan. He helped plan the May 2006 visit of administrators to Brandeis.

Stephanie Gerber Wilson formerly served as special projects manager, handling partnership details and logistics. She managed all the partnership's exchanges as well as the fundraising effort for the next phase of the partnership. She was part of the team that created the partnership Web site. She visited Al-Quds University in December 2005 and hosted Al-Quds delegations in September 2004, June 2005, March 2006, May 2006 and October 2006.

Munther Muhammad Zahaika was a student at Al-Quds University who participated in the undergraduate summer institute in Turkey.

Said Zeedani is the vice president of academic affairs at Al-Quds University. He participated in the Effective Teaching exchange with Elaine Wong, Marya Levenson and Susan S. Lanser. He hosted Brandeis University delegates to Al-Quds in December 2005 and October 2007. He visited Brandeis in April 2007 and was the Al-Quds faculty leader for the Summer Institute in Turkey in August 2007.