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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 7, 2015

Penn Student Travels to Israel for Eye-opening Lessons in Civil Society

Amidst the religious, political and social unrest in Israel, Brittany Keesling from the Fels Institute of Government, along with four students from the School of Social Policy & Practice, learned about the possibilities for peace.

Amidst the religious, political and social unrest in Israel, one student from the University of Pennsylvania got a look at a diverse group of learners who explored the possibilities for a peaceful coexistence.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 17, 2015

Arab Spring’s Demands for Democratic Reforms Has Precedence, Penn Senior Finds

University of Pennsylvania undergraduate Anwar Akrouk's senior thesis argues that the Arab Spring’s demand for democratic reform mirrors nationalism’s rise following World War I and the Ottoman Empire’s fall.

By Julie McWilliams

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 21, 2015

Seeing The World Through New Penn Summer Abroad Programs

Students at the University of Pennsylvania can study in Cuba thanks to a Penn Summer Abroad program in Havana.

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Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.

Dr. Ian Lustick Professor of Political Science

School of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Lustick is the author of books and articles on Arab-Israeli affairs, including Trapped in the War on Terror and Unsettled States, Disputed Lands: Britain and Ireland, France and Algeria, Israel and the West Bank-Gaza and The New York Times Sunday Review essay "Two State Illusion."  A former White House consultant on Middle East affairs and national security, he has taught Israeli politics for more than 30 years.


"The vicious attack on worshipers leaving a synagogue in Jerusalem is a vivid sign that the 47-year status quo in that half free/half occupied city is unsustainable. A vicious circle of hatred, fear, threat and violence is destroying whatever semblance of normalcy the city's inhabitants have managed to maintain. Israeli governments kill Palestinians, take Palestinian land and demolish Palestinian homes. Palestinians kill Jews. Israel retaliates by abetting extremist demands to advance Jewish claims to Muslim shrines and expand Jewish settlement in Palestinian neighborhoods. Palestinians will kill more Jews. And Jews will kill more Palestinians. As difficult as democracy, equality and mutual opportunities for non-exclusivist self-determination are to imagine among Jews and Palestinians, those are the principles that, alone, can avert the otherwise inevitable catastrophe."

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151June 23, 2014

Penn Student Learns About Intercultural Communications Through Study Abroad

For Ingred Prince, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, some of her most enriching experiences have occurred through opportunities to study and explore abroad.

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