ABRAHAM'S VISION Graduation Day! film
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Too many young people are being taught to give up their dreams
before they have any experience attempting to pursue them.
-- Robert Fritz
"Education is simply the soul of a society
as it passes from one generation to another."
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
"Education is the transmission of civilization."
-- Will Durant (1885-1981)
On some campuses worldwide, alienated students of diverse cultures are stuck
in their "campus wars" without mentors or tools to successfully
communicate with the "other".
Uncivilized, unprepared, and languishing, young women and men await educators who teach not only "about" conflict transformation but provide experiences "of" mature engagement -- relevant education.
Successful engagement, communication, and learning together is here.
Now irrelevant is the conversation about "some day" and "waiting for the future."
See two inspiring examples of modern educators and students -- heroes of relevant education.
East Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Oberlin
This 2010 year, a group of Palestinian, Israeli, and U.S. university professors and students are cooperating.
In Spring, with a common source book and common syllabus, their students studied American democracy -- it's strengths, weaknesses, and future challenges.
Online discussion forums, as well as Skype and video-conferencing, produced excellent communication and common ground between students at the different schools.
The professors and students created meaningful education despite surrounding challenges -- public pessimism, violence, boycotts, perpetual political failures.
The exemplary professors are:
Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Founder and Director of the American Studies Institute
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Michael Zakim, Professor of History
Tel Aviv University
Carol Lasser and Gary Kornblith, Professors of History (and married)
Carol.Lasser@oberlin.edu and Gary.Kornblith@oberlin.edu
During summer, 40 of the Palestinian, Israeli, and U.S. students finally met
face to face at Oberlin College in Ohio to further explore their multi-cultural
future and learn together.
Palestinian and Israeli students share cultural exchange
at Oberlin in American Democracy seminar
Oberlin News - 23 July 2010
By bridging Jewish and Arab cultures,
a pair of Oberlin historians hope to shape history
The Plain Dealer - Thursday, 05 August 2010
high school students
ABRAHAM'S VISION Graduation Day! is a new October 2010 film.
On Sunday June 13, 2010, The University of San Francisco hosted Muslim and Jewish high school students graduating from the year-long Unity Program of Abraham's Vision.
These 39 courageous teens had successfully learned together about Muslims, Jews, Islam, and Judaism, while strengthening relationships among themselves and with their own communities and religious traditions.
In the Unity Program -- http://www.abrahamsvision.org/unity-program/unity-program/course-summary.html -- they also awakened to an expanded understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli relationship.
This hard-earned celebration in San Francisco gave voice to their dedicated faculty and to the students themselves whose lives changed by learning together.
Graduation Day opened with the co-directors -- a Jew and a Muslim -- introducing. . .one another.
VIEW the film online:
ABRAHAM'S VISION Graduation Day!
Muslim & Jewish youth learning together - 2010
40 min documentary video
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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm