FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Various Faith Groups and Educators to Discuss the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Organizers Show How Citizens Can Influence Political Policy
CHICAGO, March 10, 2004 On Sunday, March 21, Loyola University Chicago will host an intensive one-day seminar to better inform academic and public audiences about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to share with participants how they can help end the cycle of violence. “Healing Israel-Palestine: Building a Local Peace Community” will address “A History of the Conflict,” “Understanding Media Coverage of Israel/Palestine,” and “Getting Alternative Voices Heard.”
“A conference such as this highlights the public role of Loyola as a Jesuit institution dedicated to peace and reconciliation at a time when some would divide us by religion, ethnicity, nationality or even sexual orientations,” said Lauren Langman, a sociology/anthropology professor at Loyola. “The struggle between Israelis and Palestinians has gone on for more than 50 years. We hope it does not top the 100 year war.”
At the root of these wars, Langmen explained, is religion which has played a major role behind the conflicts over land and power. Representatives of Jewish,
Islamic and Christian faiths will offer their perspectives during the conference.
“This conference is an attempt to not only further inform people about the conflict not typically discussed in the media, but to offer other analyses and to suggest solutions that are derived by the role of religion and how it can lead people to hatred, murder and war, as well as to love and peace,” Langman said.
Sponsored by the departments of sociology/anthropology, political science and
peace studies, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Rubloff Auditorium, 25 E. Pearson Building, at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus. About 150 people are expected to attend.
Among the presenters include Jeffery Harder, a professor of communication at Loyola who, along with journalist Ray Hanania, will discuss media distortions. Discussing “Israel Palestine-a Historical Impasse?” will be Micheal Lerner, founder of Tikkun Magazine and Community; Professor Moishe Postone of the University of Chicago; Professor Ghada Talhami of Lake Forest College; and Umar ben-Ivan Lee, author of “Four Misconceptions About Muslims and Jews in America.”
“We expect that people will come away from this conference with a better understanding of the issues, see that solutions such as the Geneva accords are possible while the American road map leads to nowhere,” Langman said. “Further, we hope to show people what can be done to change things, and how as citizens they can influence public opinion and political policy.”
For more information or to register, call Micah at 312.988.5520.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.