Invited Guests & Schedule

His Holiness Dalai Lama Speaking at the University of Miami

Excited about who’s speaking at the conference? We are too.

Click on the guest speakers’ names to learn more about each individual. In fact, get to know them! Prepare your questions early! Hold a brainstorming session with your Muslim, Jewish, and Christian friends on how to make the lives of Israelis and Palestinians better through grassroots peacemaking! In the end, this is YOUR conference.

>>>Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed attendees will see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama speak on the last day of the conference- Tuesday, Oct. 26th. <<<

Invited Guest Speakers:
Aaron Hahn Tapper, Abraham’s Vision
Aziz Abu Sarah, Palestinian Peace Activist
-Bradford McGuinn, Ph.D., University of Miami Professor- Political Science Department
David Weisberg, Friends of the Arava Institute
-Ghaith al-Omari, The American Task Force for Palestine
Huda Abu Arqoub, Abraham’s Vision
Kamruz Hossein, JAM & ALL Interfaith Group in Miami
Kobi Skolnick, Israeli Peace Activist
Lee Gordon, American Friends of Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel
Ori Nir, Spokesman of Americans for Peace Now
Ranen Omer-Sherman Ph.D., University of Miami Professor of English & Jewish Studies
Shakeela Hassan MD, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago, Founder Harran Productions Foundation & Sounds of Faith
-Walter Ruby, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
-William Scott Green, Ph.D., University of Miami Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education

Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed National University Student Conference Tentative Schedule:

    Sunday, October 24: WE’RE NOT SO DIFFERENT

    9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Conference Check-In

    10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. “Scripture Study: Christian, Islamic, & Jewish Perspectives”
    Shaikh Shafayat, Co-Founder of JAM & All (Jews & Muslims & All)
    Jennifer Sanon, University of Miami Student
    Alyssa Mische, University of Miami Student

    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Break

    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Opening Plenary Session (UC Flamingo Ballroom B)

    “Shalom! Salam! Welcome to the Hand in Hand ~ Yad b’Yed National University Student Conference 2010”
    Dr. William Green, Dean of Undergraduate Education

    2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Volunteer Service Project at the New Life Family Center
    (Wear clothes appropriate for painting and community service)

    8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Dinner on the UC Patio provided by Daily Bread
    8:30 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. Cultural Programming on the UC Patio

    10:00 p.m. Closing
    “Drum Circle on the UC Patio”

    Monday, October 25: CURRENT EVENTS

    9:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Provided by the Wesleyan Center (The Wesleyan Center)

    9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Session One (The Wesleyan Center)

    “The Clash of Two Nations: An Overview of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”
    Professor Bradford McGuinn, Political Science Department- University of Miami

    Presenter: Anjoly Ibrahim
    Sponsor: The Wesleyan Center

    11:00 a.m.- 12:10 p.m. Session Two (The Wesleyan Center)
    “Ending the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
    Grassroots Peacemaking”

    Aaron Hahn Tapper, Co-Founder Abraham’s Vision
    Huda Abu Arqoub, Co-Founder Abraham’s Vision
    Presenter: Alyssa Mische
    Sponsor: The Wesleyan Center

    12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Lunch Provided by Pita Plus
    (UC Flamingo Ballrooms B & C)

    1:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Session Three (Shoma Hall Communication School)

    “Why Two States, Why Now, and How? Jewish and Arab American Perspectives”
    Ghaith al-Omari, American Task Force for Palestine
    Ori Nir, Spokesman for Americans for Peace Now
    Presenter: Reem Habash

    3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Break: Café Shalom ~ Salam on the University Green

    3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Office Hour with Ghaith al-Omari & with Ori Nir
    (UC Flamingo Ballroom C)

    5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Israeli-Palestinian Narratives (UC Flamingo Ballroom B)
    Professor Ranen Omer-Sherman
    Presenter: Ben Wexler

    5:00 p.m.- 5:45 p.m. Office Hour with Aaron Hahn Tapper & Huda Abu Arqoub
    (Broby Hall Frost School of Music)

    6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Abraham’s Tent (Hillel Building)
    “A Night of Spirituality & Middle Eastern Hospitality”
    6:00 p.m. Dinner for Attendees
    6:00 p.m. Walter Ruby, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
    7:00 p.m. Abraham’s Tent Program Starts

    9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. MOVIE SHOWING (Hillel Building)
    Encounter Point

    11:00 p.m. Smoker (Hillel Building)
    “Celebrating Multiple Identities: Hookah, Nargilla, Shee-shah”

    Tuesday, October 26: LET’S BRIDGE THE DIVIDE
    Problem Solving within the Realm of Pluralism and Non-Violence

    8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Provided- Roasters and Toasters (Hillel Building)

    9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Session One (Hillel Building)
    “Learning Together, Living Together: Jewish-Arab Education”
    Lee Gordon, Co-Founder of Hand in Hand Jewish-Arab Education

    Presenter: Nawara Alawa

    10:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Session Two (Hillel Building)
    “Let’s Bridge the Divide With Kobi and Aziz”
    Kobi Skolnick, Israeli Peace Activist
    Aziz Abu Sarah, Palestinian Peace Activist

    Presenter: Shoshana Gottesman

    12:00 p.m. Break- Distribution of Dalia Lama Tickets at Hillel Building

    1:30 p.m. “The Quest for Happiness in Challenging Times” (Bank United Center)
    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

    4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Symbolic Ground Breaking of University of Miami Student Islamic Center (Writing Center Parking Lot)

    5:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. Session Three (UC Flamingo Ballroom B)
    “With Earth and Each Other: Partnerships in Addressing Environmental Challenges in the Region”
    David Weisberg, Executive Director of Friends of the Arava Institute
    Kholoud Barakat, Graduate of the Arava Institute
    Presenter: Micaela Segal

    5:00 p.m. – 5: 45 p.m. Office Hour for Shakeela Hassan (UC Flamingo Ballroom A)
    5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Office Hour Lee Gordon (UC Flamingo Ballroom A)

    6:30 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. Session Four (UC Flamingo Ballroom A)
    “Interfaith Networks: A Panel Discussion”
    Kamruz Hosein, Co-Founder JAM & ALL
    Shakeela Hassan MD, Founder Harran Productions & Sounds of Faith- Chicago
    Rabbi Baruch Plotkin, University of Miami Hillel
    Rigo Vega, Director of Campus Ministries

    Presenter: Alyssa Mische
    Moderator: Farah Dosani

    6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Office Hour for David Weisberg (UC Flamingo Ballroom A)

    8:00 p.m. Dinner Provided on the UC Patio

    8:00 p.m. Conference Closing: ArtOffical Concert on the UC Patio

    **Accommodations will be made for those who pray throughout the day. Please inform us of your religious practices**