Importance of a Global Perspective: United Arab Emirates

Story by Zoe Murphy and photo by Hannah Zaatar Being raised between European and American cultures was a big enough disparity – or so I thought. That was until a complete shift in gears, for now a third time. At the age of fourteen, I moved to Dubai, the global crossroads in the United Arab…

The Beauty of Jordan

Story by Devin Windelspecht It seems that only the worst news comes out of the Middle East: wars in Yemen and Iraq, a refugee crisis in Syria, terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Beirut. With each passing year, the region appears to be becoming increasingly more dangerous, unstable, and conflict-prone. Beyond the headlines, however, there is…

National Remembrance in Israel: Identity, Tradition, Emotion and Politics

Story and photo by Marie Schulte-Bockum, marie.schultebockum@gmail.com Chirping birds were circling above, the Spring sun was warming my back, and Orthodox men’s singing voices of great yearning filled the air. As I looked at the Western Wall for the first time in my life, I felt weak at the knees and had an overwhelming urge to cry:…

The Case for Dialogue

  Story by Connor Sadler, sadler.c@husky.neu.edu This summer I had the wonderful experience of traveling on one of Northeastern University’s “Dialogue of Civilizations programs”. This one month foreign immersion allowed me to take two classes whilst also exploring and enjoying the delights of Israel.  The beauty of dialogues, is that because they are short-term summer programs,…

Thoughts From the Jabal: A Jordanian Immersion

Story and photo by Samir A. Habib, habib.sa@husky.neu.edu Jabal Amman is one of seven Jabals or hills that comprises the vibrant and busy city of Amman, Jordan. I arrived here on August 1, 2016, unsure of what to expect. My apartment that I would call home for the next four months blinded me with white…

On the Edge of Syria

Story and photo by Devin Windelspecht, windelspecht.d@husky.neu.edu The Syrian Civil War represents one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in recent memory, comparable to, if not in some ways greater than, the the conflicts in Rwanda, Bosnia, or Somalia in the 1990s. In a country of just over 15 million, 6 million people are internally displaced within…

How Small Men Become Great: Theodore Herzl as a Zionist Leader, Visits NEU

Story by Amy Hood | hood.a@husky.neu.edu Upon first impression, Derek Penslar is what you might expect from a historian, leading scholar in Israel Studies, and academician. He is tall, middle-aged, and slim. He prefers a simple suit with clean edges and tie. His choice in glasses has mastered the scholarly art of providing an academic yet…

Professors Berna Turam and Kathrin Zippel On Their Dialogue

Written by Mary Chen | chen.mary@husky.neu.edu Photo by Dirk Ahlgrim Professors Berna Turam and Kathrin Zippel are both of the International Affairs, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty here at Northeastern.  Together, they run a dialogue, aptly named “Turkey and Germany: Politics of Space and Islam, Gender, and Sexuality in Istanbul and Berlin”. What is this…

What is a Zionist? A Talk with William F.S. Miles

Story by by Devin Windelspecht | windelspecht.d@husky.neu.edu The term “Zionism” carries very different and very significant meanings for different groups of people. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines Zionism as a “Jewish nationalist movement that has had as its goal the creation and support of a Jewish national state in Palestine.”  While some people champion the creation of…

Understanding the Recent Violence in Jerusalem

Story by Devin Windelspecht | windelspecht.d@husky.neu.edu Photo by Yasmeen Al-Haj | alhaj.y@husky.neu.edu On October 1st, Etim and Naama Henkin were killed while driving in their car near the Israeli settlement of Itamar on the West Bank. The attacks were claimed by Al Asque Martyrs Brigade, an extremist militant organization which swears allegiance to the Palestinian political party…

Learning About the Iran Deal

Story by Allen Meringolo | meringolo.a@husky.neu.edu Photo by Yasmeen Al-Haj | alhaj.y@husky.neu.edu The co-op program gives Northeastern students an appreciation of the challenges and requirements of life in the professional world.  After completing two co-ops, I have come to understand the importance of communication and active listening skills.  In hopes of improving these interpersonal skills, I signed…

Roya Hakakian Explains the Iranian Jewish Community

Story by Devin Windelspecht | windelspecht.d@husky.neu.edu Photo by Yasmeen Al-Haj | alhaj.y@husky.neu.edu It was 9:00, on what would have been an ordinary December night had the country of Iran not been in the midst of a revolution against the then-ruling Shah. Driven by Khomeini’s call to protest, thousands upon thousands of Iranians extinguished the lights in their…