A Teachers’ Workshop
Presented by the Middle East Institute and the Center for Palestine Studies
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Middle East Institute (MEI) and Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) at Columbia University are committed to offering K-12 teachers and college-level instructors the tools to both understand and teach critical issues of dispossession, belonging, and citizenship in the context of Palestine/Israel. Many of the issues that arise in this context could be productively integrated into the K-12 and college-level curricula.
CPS and MEI invite you to a teachers’ workshop held at Columbia University, Saturday June 24, 2017 on citizenship and nationality in Israel/Palestine and its history more broadly. The workshop will focus on the challenges of establishing a state in 1948 that committed itself to be both Jewish and democratic; the status of the Palestinian minority in such a state; and the critical differences between a “homeland,” a “nation,” and a “state”. The workshop will include a set of short readings that will be distributed in advance for discussion.
The day-long workshop will be based on an Open University curriculum designed by Katherine Franke, Professor of Law at Columbia University, who will teach the course. Drawing on comparisons with the US legal system and establishment of the United States as a nation-state, Franke will give an overview of the issues at hand, offering teachers tools that will allow them to go back to their own classrooms and teach a unit on Israel/Palestine.
We welcome participation from public, private, and charter school teachers, as well as, college-level instructors. A limited travel subsidy will be available for teachers coming from out town.
Location: Case Lounge
Columbia Law School
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
Registration fee: $25 (paid online or by check made out to Columbia University, collected on the day of the Workshop)