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CMENAS Lecture. Politics through Narrative: A Conversation with Husam Jubran and Yuval Ben Ami

Husam Jubran and Yuval Ben Ami
Thursday, November 30, 2017
5:00-7:00 PM
Off Campus Location
Tracing their divergent upbringings, Husam Jubran and Yuval Ben Ami share their personal narratives, political transformations, and friendship. Together, Jubran and Ben Ami use a dual-narrative approach to highlight the nuances in the political landscape of Israel and Palestine as they work towards real peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis.


Yuval Ben Ami is a travel writer, tour guide and multidisciplinary artist. In 2010, he co-founded +972 Magazine, an English-language website dedicated to bringing critical analysis and coverage from Israel and Palestine. Since 2011 he has acted as guide in the unique model of dual-narratives about Palestine and Israel for organizations and universities such as National Geographic Expeditions and the University of Michigan. And since 2014 he serves as one of two experts on the Holy Land for the National Geographic Society. In 2016 he developed "To Be There," a performance piece re-creating a tour of Jerusalem in different cities. In another conceptual project, "Songs in Hotel Rooms", he explores song traditions and their relation to geography. Ben-Ami lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, with his wife and daughter.

Husam Jubran is a Fulbright scholar who has been a tour guide for the past 17 years. He received his master's degree in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in 2004 from the Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. One of only a few Palestinian guides to do so, he combines his knowledge and skills to provide political and interfaith tours. He also works with the Synergos Institute, identifying social innovators in Palestine and Jordan and helping to develop their projects. He is the Director of Facilitation at the Hands Of Peace and American Interfaith Organization that joins Israeli and Palestinian youth in dialogue to foster better understanding amongst them. He lives in Beit Sahour, the West Bank, with his wife and four children.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: The Wesley Lounge First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor 120 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Lecture, Middle East Studies, Social
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, International Institute