Learning the Other's Past: History, Education, and Curricula in Israel/Palestine

Learning the Other

R.B. Kitaj, Arabs and Jews (Jerusalem), 1985. Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art. Copyright R.B. Kitaj Estate.

A conference convened by David N. Myers (UCLA) & Sami Adwan (Hebron University)

Thursday, May 18, 2017 to Friday, May 19, 2017

UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center

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RSVP required, space is limited.


This international conference will bring together historians, education scholars, and elementary and secondary school teachers to discuss the way in which Palestinians and Israelis teach their own and the other's history. Underlying our discussions is the question of whether history can be a tool of deeper understanding and even reconciliation.


Conference Program 

DAY 1: Thursday, May 18

9:30   Opening Remarks: Sami Adwan, Asli Bali, and David Myers

10:00 Session I: The Challenges and Potential of a Dual Historical Narrative for

Chair: Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA) 

Samira Alayan (Hebrew University)
Arnon Degani (UCLA)
Nadav Molchadsky (UCLA)
Nurit Peled-Elchanan (Hebrew University) 

Sheila Katz (Berklee College)
Marcos Silber (University of Haifa)
Mahmoud Yazbak (University of Haifa)

12:30 Break

2:00 Session II: Education in Israel and Palestine: Navigating the Educational
Systems and the Case of the PRIME Project

Chair: Aomar Boum (UCLA)

Sami Adwan (Hebron University)
Eyal Naveh (Tel Aviv University)

Sivan Zakai (American Jewish University)
Carlos Alberto Torres (UCLA)

7:00 WHY HISTORY MATTERS: History in the Classroom: Controversy across Cultures
**Separate RSVP Required for this Panel

Chair: Stephen Aron (UCLA)
                Moderator: David N. Myers (UCLA)

Sami Adwan (Hebron University) 
Ross Dunn (San Diego State University)
Halleli Pinson (Ben Gurion University)
Mary Hendra


DAY 2: Friday, May 19

9:00 Session III: Curriculum and Classroom: Learning from Teachers about
Integration and Implementation

Chair: Emma Hipolito (UCLA)
Khalil Bader
Maysoun Husaini
Eyal Keren
Rachel Zuke

Annamarie Francois (UCLA)
Zohar Segev (University of Haifa)

12:00 Break

1:30 Session IV: Multiple Approaches to Teaching History: A Comparative Perspective

Chair: Mark Kligman (UCLA)
Ayman Agbaria (University of Haifa)
Nabeel Aboud Ashkar (Polyphony Conservatory)
Nicole Gilbertson (UCI)
Thomas Laichas (Crossroads School)

Jason Feld (Shalhevet High School)
James Gelvin (UCLA) 
Kimberly Schwartz (Milken Community Schools)

3:45 Break

4:00        Session V: Concluding Roundtable: Strategizing for the Future
Moderator: John Rogers (UCLA)




Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Department of History, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, Center for the Study of Religion, University of Haifa, UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy, Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History, Sady and Ludwig Kahn Estate, Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (PRIME), Office of the UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.