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Le Moyne College Hosts Talk on the Role of Jerusalem in Mid-East Peace Negotiations

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Miriam F. Elman will speak at Le Moyne College on “The ‘Problem’ of Jerusalem: Religion, Politics, and the Negotiation of Sacred Space” on Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m. The talk will take place in Grewen Auditorium.

More so than any other issue preventing an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, disagreements surrounding Jerusalem are considered by both scholars and practitioners to be the major impediment to conflict resolution. In this talk, Miriam F. Elman will discuss how conflict over Jerusalem has contributed to the collapse of previous peace negotiations in general, and to the Oslo Accords’ demise in particular. Elman will highlight how Israeli and Palestinian positions on Jerusalem have changed over time, and the extent to which the sacrality of the holy city has shifted and morphed in response to political realities. Considering both historical and contemporary conflict in Jerusalem, Elman’s talk will draw on her new book, which examines how different disciplinary lenses contribute to the study of the Jerusalem ‘problem’ and potential avenues for its resolution.

Elman is associate professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and one of the faculty research directors of International and Intra-state Conflicts at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). In addition, she is director of the Project on Democracy in the Middle East at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Hebrew International University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from Columbia University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies and the departments of religious studies and political science. For more information, call (315) 445-4335.

posted on: 3/11/2011