The Academic Engagement Network’s regional short courses are an innovative new initiative designed to offer AEN members an opportunity to learn more about contemporary Israel, develop strategies related to BDS, and defend academic freedom and free speech on campus. The purpose of the course is to assist committed AEN members to be better informed about issues and questions regarding contemporary Israel, in a sense to enhance their Israel literacy, and as well to bolster the knowledge and skill set of AEN members who we hope will be active as regional leaders in AEN’s efforts to respond to BDS and similar challenges on their campuses.
Conceived and run jointly in partnership with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, these 3-½-day courses will be residence-based, academically immersive, and interactive, will be limited to 15-20 participants per course, and will take place in regional hubs around the country. Reasonable travel and stay costs will be paid.
Roughly half of each short course will be devoted to providing educational content on Israeli state and society and on the competing narratives of the Israeli-Arab Palestinian conflict; we plan to utilize Ilan Troen’s and Rachel Fish’s new edited collection, Essential Israel (Indiana University Press 2017), supplemented by other appropriate essay selections.
The other half will address the ways that Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impact America in general and the university campus specifically, including topics like the BDS movement and its features, traditions of academic freedom and freedom of expression on campus, and the intellectual framework current in higher education that fosters hostility toward Israel and its supporters. We will also explore the sensitive subject of acting as advocate without damaging credibility as scholar and educator. Course materials will include excerpts from AEN’s Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, and the BDS Challenge: A Guide and Resource Book for University Faculty, and other relevant publications.
Course instructors will include Ilan Troen, Ken Stein, Rachel Fish, David Ellenson, Ken Waltzer, Linda Maizels, and others.
The first regional short course will take place in Atlanta, January 14-17, 2018.
Applicants from the region where a course is held will have priority over other potential participants. AEN members from the South and Mid-Atlantic regions will be considered first for the regional short course in Atlanta.
To apply for the Regional Short Course, click here.
Applications for the Atlanta short course are due November 1, 2017.