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Gaza and BDS Teach-in

BDS session

A Teach-In on the Gaza Conflict and BDS Movement

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Are you confused and concerned about the conflict that occurred in Gaza between Palestinians and Israelis? Do you want to better understand the political landscape of Gaza and gain insight into Palestinian politics? Has the Gaza conflict impacted the climate on college campuses and the attitudes held by the Millennial generation toward Israel? What is the BDS movement and its impact on campus?  

These are the questions our teach-in answered, for the nearly 100 participants who attended.


10:00 a.m. Welcome and Overview of the Gaza Conflict
Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

11:00 a.m. The Israeli and Palestinian Political Landscapes
Donna Divine, Morningstar Professor of Government and Director of Middle East Studies, Smith College

12:00 p.m. Breakout sessions with lunch (kosher)

  • Millenial Attitudes Towards Israel 
    Len Saxe, Klutznik Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
  • Mapping the Israel Organizations on Campus
    Elyse Winick, Rabbi, Brandeis University
  • Understanding the Role of the Media During the Gaza Conflict
    Joe Hyams, MA/MBA candidate at the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program and Heller School of Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University

1:30 p.m.  The Roots of the BDS Movement
Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

1:50 p.m. BDS Case Study at the University of Illinois
Cary Nelson, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and author of The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel (2014).

2:30 p.m. Breakout sessions 

  • Case Study: Academic Freedom and BDS at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Cary Nelson

  • Birthright Israel and BDS Campaigns - How Does Israel Education Affect Engagement
    Len Saxe

  • The BDS Movement and Academic Associations
    Ilan Troen

3:30 p.m. Conclusion and wrap-up
Rachel Fish, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center

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