Cerritos College and Global Consortium to Present Forum Featuring Student Discussion on Israel/Palestine
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2009
Media Contact:Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext.2287
Event Contact:John Haas, Humanities and Social Sciences Division; (562) 860-2451, ext. 2726
WHAT: Dr. John Haas, history professor at Cerritos College and founder and director of the Global Consortium will host the Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) from the University of California, Irvine on Wednesday April 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (PST).
The OTI will be delivering an interactive discussion on their recent trip to Israel/Palestine. Coming from a campus with the history of clashes between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian, the group of student leaders from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Druze and unaffiliated backgrounds organized an extraordinary travel to Israel/Palestine in September 2008 to find out for themselves what is going on. The OTI will share their thoughts about the benefits and challenges of their endeavors with people world-wide through the video conference. This event will be broadcast live online at www.3cmediasolutions.org.
The Olive Tree Initiative consists of a diverse group of students from organizations throughout UC Irvine's campus that wanted to learn more about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on a first hand basis. The group raised over $60,000, traveled to Israel/Palestine, and met with academics, politicians and locals, obtaining a wide spectrum of perspectives on the conflict. Upon their return, they began organizing presentations and forums to share their experiences and knowledge in the hopes of fostering dialogue and better understanding of the conflict between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli groups on campus and for members of the community.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Wilford Michael Library and Learning Resource Center, Room 155 (Teleconference Center)
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
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COST: The forum is free. Daily permit for campus parking is $1.
Contact:John Haas, Humanities and Social Sciences Division at (562) 860-2451, ext. 2726
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 26,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.