"Emerging Peace in the Middle East" is topic of Fairfield University lecture


Dr. Beth Harris of Ithaca College's Department of Politics will deliver a lecture titled, "Emerging Peace in the Middle East? 'Bottom Up' Perspectives from Human Rights Activists," on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m., in Fairfield University's School of Nursing Auditorium. The lecture will focus on the condition of the Palestinians in the occupied territories of Israel and the effect it has had on the search for peace.

Dr. Harris, active in the Upstate New York Interfaith Committee for a Just Peace, has worked to organize individuals within American Jewish communities to combine forces with Palestinian and Israeli human rights activists. Her research has examined how legal strategies in defense of the deprived and underprivileged have influenced political dynamics both at home and abroad.

Dr. Harris is the author of "The Power of Poverty Lawyers: Defending a Right-to-Home" and an article about the collaboration of Palestinian, Israeli and international peace and human rights activists. She recently participated in an international conference, "Culture, Community and Jerusalem: Strategies to Protect and Promote Rights in Palestine."

The lecture, sponsored by Fairfield University's Humanities Institute and assisted by Dr. Ralph Coury of the History Department and Dr. Kevin Cassidy of the Politics Department, is free and open to the public. For more information call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2110.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 6, 2001

Vol. 33, No. 156