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Stacy Mandel Palagye and Keith Palagye Program for Middle East Peace (Summer 2022)

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*Summer 2022 enrollment is now closed, check back in early 2023!*

A five-week summer program (May 16 – June 18) giving fifteen Tulane students an immersion in the dynamics of the Arab-Israeli conflict through classroom study and hands-on experience in Jerusalem. The program begins on Tulane’s campus with three short courses on conflict resolution, modern Middle East history, and cultural representations of Israeli-Palestinian relations. Students will develop individual research projects during their time abroad. After two weeks of intensive study, the group will travel to Israel for the last three weeks of the program (May 28 – June 18). Students will earn eight credit hours (three each in Political Science and Jewish Studies and two in History) for passing these classes and completing the trip.

This program is free. A generous donation for the 15 selected students allows us to cover most expenses, including tuition, housing, some meals, and round-trip airfare between New Orleans and Israel. The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace of the Hebrew University will host the group and provide guest speakers and field trips. Students will be housed at Hebrew University. Tulane faculty members will accompany students on all official functions.

*Should travel to the Middle East not be possible, the program will go ahead in a virtual or hybrid format. The travel decision may come after the selection process has been completed. Students who commit to participate in the summer program are expected to do so regardless of the program's format.

Requirements and Application

The directors are looking for motivated students who show maturity, academic talent, and sufficient preparation. Preference will be given to students who display an academic commitment to the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict, through relevant coursework in Political Science, History, Jewish Studies, or foreign languages.

All participants must be full-time Tulane University undergraduates who have been enrolled full-time at Tulane for at least the two consecutive semesters before the start of the program. Participants must remain enrolled as full-time undergraduates during the fall semester immediately following the program.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via electronic submission at the Tulane Study Abroad website. The application opens on January 03, 2022, and the deadline is Monday, February 14.

Please be advised that meeting the eligibility requirements in no way guarantees admission to the program.

Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 25 at 5pm and Tuesday, February 1 at 5 pm on Zoom.
Please email or for a Zoom invitation.


  • JWST 3100: Israeli/Palestinian Culture

    Instructor: Brain Horowitz
    May 16-June 18, May 28-June 18 travel
    M-F 2:00-3:30 pm

  • POLI 3550: Conflict Management

    Instructor: Christina Kiel
    May 16-June 18, May 28-June 18 travel
    M-F 11:00-12:30 pm

  • HISM 3910: Israeli-Palestinian Relations

    Instructor: Stefan Hock
    May 16-June 18, May 28-June 18 travel
    M-F 9:00-10:30 am

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