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OTI Discusses Middle East Conflicts, New Narratives UC Irvine

[New University] OTI's Executive Director, Daniel Wehrenfennig, UC Irvine's OTI chapter President, Aliza Asad, and OTI faculty mentor, Daniel Brunstetter discuss how to stay informed about conflicts in the Middle East and how to examine narratives from the region.

 

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OC Register Article February 3rd!

OTI Featured in the Orange County Register!  Read the article here!  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/students-599967-israel-olive.html

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OTI Come Home

[New University] Student diplomats who embarked on a three-week trip to Israel and Palestine this past August were spotlighted at a welcome back event, “Between Turbulence and Hope,” hosted by the Olive Tree Initiative on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Pacific Ballroom D, to share their experiences in the Middle East.

Phuc Pham | New University

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Conversations About Peace

[New University] Expanding on the need for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Dr. Gershon Baskin spoke on peacebuilding last week.

Claudia Cheffs | New University

Claudia Cheffs | New University

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Resolving Disputes: Lessons From Conflict Zones

[The Chronicle of Philanthropy] Daniel Wehrenfennig takes students from opposing sides of complex, deeply entrenched international conflicts—such as between Israel and Palestine or Turkey and Armenia—and helps them understand each other.

Making Change 1 January 2012

Olive Tree Initiative students speak with the architect of the barrier between Israel and the West Bank, retired Israel Defense Forces colonel Danny Tirza, on a tour of Jerusalem.

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Campus Group Puts a Spin on Studying Abroad

[The Daily Nexus] “Our goal is to go on the trip and learn and meet people with different perspectives and open our own eyes,” graduate advisor for the Olive Tree Initiative, Mike Schwartz, said. “But we also can do a service for the people that we are meeting with just by showing that we come from such different backgrounds, but we can come together and learn together and be friends — like actually be friends.”

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OTI Fosters Open Dialogue

[New University] The Olive Tree Initiative hosted “Conflict and Identity”  a presentation delivered by UC Irvine students regarding their return from Israel, Jordan and Palestine, occurred on Tuesday night in the Crystal Cove Auditorium. A reception followed their messages allowing students the time to ask questions.

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UCLA students gain firsthand education on Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Olive Tree Initiative

[Daily Bruin] As they walked into an ice cream shop in Tel Aviv, Israel, this summer, three American undergraduates were approached by an Israeli woman and questioned about their friendship.

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A very balanced itinerary?

[The Jerusalem Post] Is the Olive Tree Initiative, an interfaith program that brings American students here to learn about the Israeli-Arab conflict, offering its participants the appropriate mosaic of views?

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Missin’ UCI Like Candy

[New University] My time at UC Irvine began almost two years ago when I arrived as a slightly disinterested transfer student, and the plan at that point was pretty straightfo rward. I envisioned myself commuting to school every day, heading to class with maybe a quick stop for coffee beforehand, then driving back home to chill out with my cats, just like I did at community college. I had already been informed that everyone at UCI was “anti-social” anyway, so I figured it would be easy enough.

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