Our First Special Topic Series

Dartmouth’s interdisciplinary programs in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies have a longstanding commitment to fostering dialogue, community, and joint academic inquiry. Building on this decades-long partnership and recent campus forums on the current conflict, the Middle East Dialogues foster learning and an open exchange of ideas to bridge what can appear to be an impenetrable divide.

The Middle East Dialogues represent the Dialogue Project's first special topic series, encompassing courses and events related to timely challenging topics. We hope to offer a new series each year or every other year, depending in part on current events.  

Expanded Course Offerings

Expanded courses taught by faculty and visiting professors explore the long history that connects Arabs and Jews, identifying commonalities in belief, perception, and struggle. These courses place the current conflict in a larger historical context and address and defuse current grievances and misrepresentations. Coursework encompasses community building and peace-making efforts not only by politicians but also by religious leaders, feminist activists, and human rights organizations.

Dartmouth Professors Forum

University of Pacific law professor Omar Dajani answers a question about Israeli-Palestinian relations during a forum at Dartmouth this fall with Mira Sucharov, a political science professor at Carleton University. Middle Eastern Studies professor Jonathan Smolin, left, was serving as moderator. (Photo By Ben Joel ’27)

Public Forums

Once per term, a public dialogue will be hosted between speakers with divergent backgrounds, building on the success of this past fall’s event featuring a Palestinian and Jewish writing and podcast team who have spent their careers focused on a vision of Israeli and Palestinian coexistence.

Public Forums

Visiting Professor collaborates with lecturers

Charlotte Kamin ’18 (left) served as a visiting professor in 2017 and collaborated with senior lecturer Ezzedine Fishere, professor Jonathan Smolin, and Joseph Mears ’18.

Webinar Series: Politics of Israel and Palestine

This winter, as part of the Politics of Israel and Palestine course taught by Ezzedine Fishere and in collaboration with the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, a new webinar series will bring experts on the region to students for dialogue on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Select sessions will be open to the broader Dartmouth community.


Susannah Heschel and Tarek El-Ariss on NBC-5

Tarek El-Ariss and Susannah Heschel Foster Open Dialogue on the Middle East

The two professors spoke with NBC-5 about navigating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in classrooms at Dartmouth and across the country.

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