An EPEC facilitated by Bar Kolodny and Desta Cantave
On December 6, 2017, President Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and directed the State Department to begin the process of relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Nonetheless, several hours after the announcement, he signed a six month waiver delaying the move. His actions hardly constitute a groundbreaking moment in history; rather, they fall in line with a long legacy of America’s involvement in region of Israel and Palestine.

This class is a peer-led inquiry and project-based course deeply rooted in praxis. We hope to develop our collective understanding of the United States (US) role in Palestine and Israel.

In order to do so, we will analyze concepts of:
– institutional power
– systemic inequality
– violence and justice (what is it, what does it look like and for who)

We will look at our own individual and collective positionally in relation to this region; question what does it mean for us to be in solidarity with one another and with the people of Palestine/&Israel who face daily injustice in our organizing work (where and how do we fit into the struggle for peace and justice?).

Our goal is to build skills to engage as well as challenge and deepen our understanding of where and how US power manifests and functions by examining its relation to Palestine and Israel.

Beginning January 29th
Mondays from 10am-12:30pm
Location TBD

To join this course, please apply by filling out this form here.

Clarification: This is not a debate class for students seeking to focus on the solution to ‘the conflict’ in the region and promote their arguments. We ask students to participate with/come with willingness to engage across differences and confusion.

Note that while this is a student-led course project, we estimate about 6-10 hours of prep-work outside the course per week and therefore we will work with you to get full class credit for this course through an independent study with a professor.


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