DATE AND TIME: October 6, 2015 at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Stubbins (Room 112), Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

A conversation with two alumni of the Arava Institute in Israel about the history of the Middle East, narrative maps, grey boundaries and environment as a tool for the creation of regional identities.

Moderator: Professor Diane Davis.

Liel Maghen is an Israeli native. He is the new co-director of IPCRI, a leading organization that focuses on building partnerships between Israelis and Palestinians in all dimensions, from a grassroots level to increasing governmental cooperation. Liel holds a Master of Arts degree in International Development and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He first became involved with the Arava Institute in the fall of 2009. His experience includes interning for the Israeli Knesset, The United States Congress, and managing grassroots programs in the areas of sustainability, advocacy, and conflict resolution. Liel also has experience in curriculum development and group facilitation and empowerment, having worked with leading organizations in the field such as Seeds of Peace, MEJDI and ICSD. Liel is interested in participatory tools of development, community engagement in decision-making, and in the power of direct democracy in shaping governments and solving political conflicts.

Fadi Baqain is from the small city of Al-Karak in southern Jordan. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mutah and has worked for leading Jordanian engineering company for three years. Fadi first joined the Arava Institute as a student in the fall 2014 and then served as a campus life Program Assistant the following semester. During this time, Fadi also worked with the Dead Sea Science Center on trans-border environmental research projects. Fadi plans to complete his Masters degree in the field of renewable energy and management, and to continue to work towards facilitating cooperation between Israeli and Jordanian researchers in order to conserve the shared environment.

Organized in collaboration and with the support of MDes Risk and Resilience.

Reception to follow in fortyk.