Selection of Past OTI Events
The Statewide Student Retreat is an annual event for leadership development.
Last weekend was our OTI AnnualRetreat! Fellow Olives from other campus chapters arrived in Templeton, California to prepare for the trips, network with OTI Alumni, and attend leadership workshops. The Retreat is a touchstone of the OTI experience with the opportunity to connect with the OTI community and gain valuable leadership skills.
On Sunday, January 29th, community leaders, law enforcement officers, and civil rights activists of all backgrounds and faiths came together to combat hate and bigotry at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach. It was an incredible display of unity and empowerment from over 250 local citizens of Orange County. Attendees were able to utilize this town hall meeting to express their concerns with the recent rise of Anti Semitism, Islamophobia, and racism. The event was jointly sponsored by OTI, the ADL, the Rose PRoject of the OC Jewish Federation, and the American Muslim Women's Empowerment Council.
Susan Seely, Associate Director of the Olive Tree Initiative spoke to a journalist from the Daily Pilot stating that, “We held the town hall interfaith meeting to provide a forum for local community members to come together to learn more about what resources are available to them in the event of bigoted acts or incidents of violence
We are having our joint Israel/Palestine & Armenia/Turkey hookah fundraiser TONIGHT, starting at 8pm at BluFig Hookah Lounge in Lake Forest. RIDES WILL BE ACCOMMODATED
The Olive Tree Initiative is hosting a talk by Laura Kelly, a magazine editor from The Jerusalem Post. Laura will talk about her experience as a journalist in the Middle East as well as the obstacles and the achievements that come with the job. The Jerusalem Post is a broadsheet newspaper based in Jerusalem. Media and journalism play a massively influential role in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
Kyle Khandikian will talk about LGBT rights in both Armenia and Turkey. During the trip this summer, we not only met with Armenian and Turkish politicians, intellectuals, etc. regarding the conflict, but also progressive LGBT rights activists who expressed their concerns and future goals.
As the International Studies Club, Olive Tree Initiative and Students for Global Peacebuilding are all academic based, Social Science recognized campus clubs, be sure to come prepared with your pumpkins and ready to discuss all things international! It will be a great time carving pumpkins over politics! We will provide the carving materials so all you have to do is show up.
Join us for a week of OTI events and information sessions
Learn about the trips, hear conflict resolution insights, and meet the students!
All events are at UC Irvine and are FREE
Join us on Monday, November 17th at 5:00p.m.!
For More information and to RSVP, Please click HERE! See you there!
2040 Valley Life Science Building, UC Berkeley, CA 94720
Please Join us for this 2013 Welcome Back event at UCI!!
Please join us as the UCI OTI Students engage in round table discussions with Community Members and bring us their insights from the policy-makers and players "on the ground" and active in addressing and struggling with the Middle East Conflict.
Tickets are $60 per person. All the money raised at this event goes toward the cost of the students' trips to the Middle East.
Please RSVP here, or with Susan Seely at SSeely@uci.edu.
The second OTI6 Trip to the Middle East is only six weeks away, so it is about time to talk about a brighter future for the region. The Olive Tree Initiative is pleased to host UCI Professor John Graham to talk about his vision for "The Jerusalem Olympics 2024: A new focus on prosperity as the ultimate goal which will yield peace along the way”.
Professor Graham will explain the argument behind this seemingly revolutionary idea and lay out his plan of execution. Most importantly, Jerusalem Olympics 2024 will plant a seed of optimism in our minds and hearts, so that we approach our trip with a new perspective.
We look forward to seeing you there!
About Professor John Graham (Professor Emeritus- UCI) is an expert in global marketing and international business negotiations. Professor Graham is the former co-director of the UCI Center for Citizen Peacebuilding. He has co-authored several books: International Marketing and Global Negotiation. He has also published extensively in academic and management journals including Harvard Business Review. Professor Graham has been interviewed by numerous local, national, and international broadcast media outlets, including “NBC Nightly News” and the BBC, and written several articles for the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
Eat for OTI this Thursday!
The Oscar-nominated documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.
Join OTI at UCLA for an interview with Robert Malley, former White House advisor, about the Arab states following the Arab Spring revolutions of the past two years. Dr. Russell Burgos, UCLA lecturer of Global Studies, will interview Malley.
Robert Malley has been Director of the International Crisis Group's Middle East and North Africa Program since January 2002. In that capacity, he directs teams of analysts in Israel, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco and the Gulf. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Co-sponsored by the UCLA History Department
Admission to the event is free and open to the public.
Seating is first-come, first served.
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Dear Friends and Alumni of the Olive Tree Initiative,
We are pleased to invite you to join us for an informative and engaging evening shared with the OTI 6 Students who are preparing for their summer trips to Turkey and Armenia and the Middle East. We will hear from keynote speaker, ROBERT MALLEY on "The Future of American Foreign Policy in the Middle East."
Robert Malley has been Director of the International Crisis Group’s Middle East and North Africa Program since January 2002. In that capacity, he directs teams of analysts in Israel, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco and the Gulf. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Until January 2001, Mr. Malley was Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs and Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. In this capacity, he served as a principal advisor to the President and the National Security Advisor at the White House on the Middle East peace process.
Mr. Malley joined the National Security Council staff in August 1994 as Director for Democracy. He helped coordinate U.S. refugee policy and efforts to promote democracy and human rights abroad. He also played a leading role in U.S. policy toward Cuba. In July 1997, he became Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor from July 1997 to September 1998, acting as an informal chief of staff for Samuel R. Berger. Mr. Malley served as a law clerk to Justice Byron R. White of the United States Supreme Court in 1991-1992.
Mr. Malley is a graduate of Yale University, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author in particular of The Call from Algeria: Third Worldism, Revolution and the Turn to Islam and, with Hussein Agha, of “Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors ,” “The Last Negotiation”, “Three Men in a Boat”, “Hamas – The Perils of Power”, and “The Arab Counterrevolution”. His articles have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Le Monde.
Tickets: $150 per person -- Sponsorship Opportunities Available
[Complementary Valet Parking]
[Vegetarian Meal Option Available]
ALL the money raised at the Gala goes toward the cost of the students' trips to the Middle East and Turkey/Armenia -- Thank you!
Dr. Baskin is the former Israeli co-director and founder of Israel/Palestinian Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), a joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think tank located in Jerusalem. He was the lead initiator and person responsible for secret back channel negotiations between Israel and Hamas that successfully led to the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilead Schalit in October 2012. Baskin has served as the Ministry of Education and as executive director of the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence (established by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Prime Minister’s Office). Baskin’s talk will focus on his role in the negotiation, the possibility of a two-state solution, and lessons learned from the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace process. His talk kicks off a planned speaker series sponsored by OTI focused on the Oslo Peace Accords.