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Stacy Mandel Palagye and Keith Palagye Program for Middle East Peace (Summer 2020)

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A five-week summer program 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 they will work on 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 30 – June 20). 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. For the 15 selected students, a generous donation 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.

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 and 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 application opens January 1, 2020 and the deadline is February 3, 2020.

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

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