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June 2017 Trip


The Center for Middle East Studies, in partnership with Mejdi Tours in Jerusalem, is pleased to announce our upcoming trip to Israel and the West Bank in June of 2018.

The context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one that often dominates news cycles, but this incredibly complex situation cannot be understood fully without a deep-dive into understanding the historical context of the area, and particularly the influence that religion has had on the people in the land. This program is aimed to provide the opportunity for an in-depth study of the history and culture of those living on the most contested land on the globe.

Spend two weeks meeting with NGO's, politicians, community groups, university students and interfaith groups and hearing the work they are doing in the area. Spend two nights in a Palestinian homestay with a family living in the West Bank. Travel with one of the most highly-regarded and locally-grown tour companies in the region, and hear from expert guides from multiple faith and ethnic backgrounds. This is sure to be an incredibly rich and substantive trip to the Holy Land.

Hear from a past program participant: 

"In all the years that I have been studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and in the 27 years that I have been teaching that history here at St. Norbert College, and in all the years I have been reading about this subject and traveling in the Middle East or living in the Middle East, I don't think I have ever come across a better way of coming to some understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than the trip that we took in May.
"My impression is more than simply positive.... No other tour experience is going to give you these kinds of entrees into different points of view or this kind of access."
—Robert Kramer, Professor of Middle East History, St. Norbert College"

 

On this page you will find all relevant information regarding eligibility requirements, the application process, course requirements, and the trip itinerary. For questions regarding this program, please reach out to Gina Jannone.

Partial funding for this program is provided thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a graduate-level student in the Josef Korbel School
    • 4+1 students are eligible
    • Students graduating in June, 2018 are eligible
  • Completion of the Spring 2018 workshop(course # TBD) either for credit or for audit
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Must be in good academic standing 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application will be two-part:

  • A 500 word statement about why you'd like to participate in this program, and how it will help your academic and professional endeavors 
  • A copy of your transcript (official or unofficial is fine)
  • $200 application fee (Check made out to the University of Denver) can be dropped off to Gina Jannone in Sie Complex 3033. This application fee is due by the application deadline (January 19, 2018) and will be refunded in full if you aren't selected for the trip. This fee will be your first deposit towards the overall program fee. 

E-mail materials to Gina Jannone with the subject "[last name] Israel-Palestine Application" 

EARLY CONSIDERATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2017
FINAL DEADLINE JANUARY 19, 2018

COST DETAILS 

The cost of this trip will be partially funded thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, in order to ease the financial burden placed on students. Each student will receive a $2,000 waiver to offset the cost of the overall program. 

A cost breakdown will be provided soon, after the trip organizers finalize the itinerary and assess all costs.

SPRING COURSE REQUIREMENT 

The trip will be preceded by a mandatory workshop in the Spring Quarter. This will be a seminar-style course, which will meet every other week, for a total of 5 sessions. Each week a guest lecturer will provide historical and cultural background materials as well as facilitate a group discussion.
This course may be taken for credit (it will be offered for 3 credits) or for 0 credits as an audit course. However, attending the course is a mandatory pre-requisite for the two-week trip in June. The more you lean in to the prep course, the more substantive your experience on the ground will be.

FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE E-MAIL US AT Korbel.LevantTours@du.edu 

TRIP DETAILS 

Spend two weeks meeting with the most diverse group of NGO's, advocacy groups, students, government officials, and members of all religious groups in the region. 

Join us for our next information session in January! Details coming soon.

Information session student panel

Itinerary coming soon.