SUN. JAN 17 | Post-Show Discussion with Marc Gopin, Chelsey Berlin, and Adina Friedman in Conjunctio
Chelsey Berlin is the director of B'Tselem USA, an organization that builds support in the United States for the human rights of Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Prior to joining B'Tselem USA, Chelsey served as a Dorot Fellow in Tel Aviv and spent three years directing a service-learning program that trained Americans to support Palestinian communities through nonformal educational services at Tomorrow's Youth Organization in Nablus. Chelsey earned her BA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University, and she has lived and worked in Egypt, the West Bank and Israel.
Dr. Adina Friedman is a scholar- practitioner in the field of conflict analysis and resolution. She holds a PhD from George Mason's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Mater’s in Middle East History from Tel Aviv University, and a second Master’s in Peace & Development Studies from Goteborg University, Sweden.
Adina grew up in Arad, Israel. Since the early 1980s she has taken part in many pioneering peace endeavors – first as a participant, and later as the initiator, designer, and facilitator of many. Her personal experience and the many insights she has gained over the years living a conflict and working in its context, inform her current work. Adina has traveled and worked around the world, most extensively in the MENA region, and has conducted research and written about conflict resolution and about the MENA region more broadly. Her interests include the Arab-Israeli conflict, particularly relations between Jews and Palestinians in Israel; interfaith and intercultural relations; refugees, gender; and conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Adina teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, as well as on the Middle East. She is the Founding Director of I.L.L.I Initiatives, through which she designs and runs workshops and training; arranges internships; provides leadership training and language study; and leads immersion, experiential learning trips to Israel/Palestine, Morocco, Jordan, and elsewhere.
Marc Gopin is the Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC), the James H. Laue Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, USA. Gopin has pioneered projects at CRDC in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Palestine and Israel. Gopin directs a unique series of overseas educational and practice experiences ranging from conflict and peace intervention in Palestine and Israel, to support for Syrian activists and refugees in Turkey and Jordan, to pioneering educational classes in the Balkans and Northern Ireland. The classes are open to all for either a certificate or credit. Gopin has trained thousands of people worldwide in peacebuilding strategies for complex conflicts. He conducts research on values dilemmas as they apply to international problems of clash of cultures, globalization and development, and social justice. The direction of his new research and teaching investigates the relationship between global trends in nonviolence and new approaches to global conflict resolution.
STEPHEN STERN (MODERATOR)
Stephen R. Stern is a founding member of The Mosaic Theater Board, on its Executive Committee and Co-Chair of Community Engagement and Programs at Mosaic; He is a co-founder of U.S. Friends of Taghyeer (Change): the Palestinian National Nonviolence Movement. Stephen directed and co-created Waziristan to Washington: a Muslim at the Crossroads, a one person show performed by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed on his life and times. Stephen worked on community participation and social development in the Asia Regions at the World Bank and served as a core team member on its global culture and sustainable development and adaptable lending initiatives. He was a founding partner and actor with Otrabanda Theater Company with which he performed original and adapted theater works in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and in 35 states in the US.