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Citizens’ Roles in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Building Efforts Subject of UW Talk

April 3, 2012 — Local efforts to promote dialogue and discussion regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict will be the subject of a talk Tuesday, April 10, at 5 p.m. in Room 310 of the University of Wyoming Classroom Building.

Daniel Wehrenfennig, director of the Conflict Analysis and Resolution Program at the University of California-Irvine, will discuss "Citizen Action and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process," as part of UW's International Studies Scholar Lecture Series.

"The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long been marked by violence and instability," says Jean Garrison, UW International Studies Program director. "This lecture presents a unique opportunity to learn about some of the positive peace-building efforts of Israelis and Palestinians, and the role that average people can play in that process."

Wehrenfennig co-founded the "Olive Tree Initiative," and directs yearly educational fact-finding trips to the Middle East with Muslim, Jewish, Christians, unaffiliated students and community members. This initiative creates a new discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that helps U.S. citizens to learn about both the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives and experiences.

The International Studies Scholars Lecture Series is designed to raise awareness of global issues among Wyoming college students and the state's general population.

This event is sponsored by the International Studies Program and the Office of Academic Affairs, and funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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