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Israelis Meet Palestinians: Restorative Justice Initiatives & Perceptions of Victimhood

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Palestinian and Israeli peace demonstration (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Sekerka/Shutterstock.com)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Uri Yanay will discuss the “Parents Circle-Families Forum” and other voluntary initiatives for interpersonal justice between Israelis and Palestinians, and the role of informal discourse in addressing perceptions of personal victimhood.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
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Sponsored by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Social Welfare Department.

About the Talk

Despite the ongoing conflict, some Palestinians and Israelis meet voluntarily to discuss personal and other matters. Voluntary forums help facilitate these bottom-up, interpersonal meetings. Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Uri Yanay will examine these initiatives in view of their restorative justice function and discuss the role of informal discourse in reducing perceptions of victimhood.

About the Speaker 

Professor Uri Yanay is Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University School of Social Welfare.  His research and teaching focuses on victims, caring, and justice issues. Most of  his research and publications are based on the Israeli experience, where he also shares his expertise with government agencies and professionals. Yanay's comparative research focuses on social policy and services designed for victims of hostile and criminal acts - in Israel and abroad.

Dr. Yanay has authored and edited numerous books, book chapters and articles in leading journals in Israel and abroad. His most recent book is From Wrong Doing to Righting the Wrong, published in 2016 (with Tali Gal, Hebrew University Magnus Press).

He has been a visiting fellow at universities around the world, including the Center for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, University of Oxford; University of Melbourne, School of Social Work; University of Minnesota, School of Social Work, Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking; Cambridge University, England, Institute of Criminology; Arizona State University, School of Social Work; and Catholic University of Chile, School of Social Work.  

In Winter, 2016, Dr. Yanay will be a visiting professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare.

Sponsor(s): Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Social Welfare