The Olive Tree Initiative, and Office of Residential Life, hosts UCLA's "Month of Ideas."
The Olive Tree Initiative at UCLA is pleased to extend an invitation to our 1st annual Month of Ideas - a month-long event organized by the students of OTI with the intent of educating both students and the local community regarding geopolitical conflicts and the contemporary work focused upon solving them.
Throughout the entire month of May, OTI @ UCLA will be hosting an array of educational programs, teach-ins, lectures, and entertainment to bring diverse communities in Los Angeles together to learn.
31 days of discourse, sharing and education.
A month to discover ideas, both old and new, on global conflict. See you there.
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"Perspectives on Partition" in 2 Parts
Part 1: On May 15th, renowned scholars Reza Aslan and Hussein Ibish will debate the respective merits of a one-state or two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Both are popular religious and political commentators on internationally syndicated radio programs & news networks such as CNN, BBC, al-Jazeera, NPR, and the BBC. The debate will be moderated by acclaimed Middle Eastern History Scholar, UCLA's Dr. James Gelvin.
Tuesday, May 15th, 7:30 PM
Part 2: On May 29th, part 2 of our event will feature Dr. Arieh Saposnik, Director of the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, popular journalist David Suissa, and others as they discuss different Jewish perspectives on the prospects for peace.
Tuesday, May 29th, 5:30 PM, Haines A44
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MAY 8TH - 8-10 PM - NORTHWEST CAMPUS AUDITORIUM
We'll be hosting the 3rd Annual Middle East Comedy Show, featuring The Sultans of Satire for our one night of entertainment and laughs during the month the help bridge relations between the many different cultures and religious that interact here at UCLA.
OTI blog post
The Sultans of Satire - Official Site
MAY 10TH - 7-9 PM - NORTHWEST CAMPUS AUDITORIUM
Other events this month include a screening of the recent award-winning documentary My So-Called Enemy, which tracks six girls who participate in a "peace camp" for six days at the age of 14, and follows up with them for the next 7 years of their lives. Did it have any effect? Did it do anything?
OTI blog post
My So-Called Enemy - Official Site
Open discussions/teach-ins every Thursday of May (except for 5/10) in Haines A76.
These more intimate and informal meetings provide UCLA students with the opportunity to discuss and challenge the critical issues confronting an array of global conflicts, including Turkey-Armenia, India-Pakistan, and others.
All of our speakers and events speak only behalf of themselves, and not our organization.
We aim to expose, encounter, and critically engage all existing perspectives - both valid and invalid, controversial and uncontroversial - in order to fully understand the reason global conflicts continue to pose a challenge to peace around the world. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar of EventsTuesday, May 8th
The Sultans of Satire Comedy Show
Northwest Campus AuditoriumThursday, May 10th
My So-Called Enemy
Northwest Campus AuditoriumTuesday, May 15th
Debate: Perspectives on Partition (Pt. 1)
Humanities 169Tuesday, May 22nd
Teach-In: Fruits of Discourse
De Neve Private Dining RoomTuesday, May 29th
Debate: Perspectives on Parition (Pt. 2)
Every Thursday (except 5/10)
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