Bethlehem University Graduate in the News
Bshara Nassar:

Mr. Bshara Nassar (shown on the right with fellow-curator Dr. Mary Panzer) earned his undergraduate degree from Bethlehem University in Information Systems and Business Administration in 2010. He earned his Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA) in 2014. His family has been involved in international education and entrepreneurship work for the past 100 years at their family's educational farm in Bethlehem. Mr. Nassar has been deeply involved in his family’s farm, Tent of Nations, in Palestine, including education, communication and social media. In 2014, he founded the Nakba Museum Project, where he developed the concept, worked with artists, prepared artwork and exhibits, negotiated exhibit space, coordinated the setup of the exhibits in locations across the country, and raised funds.

He has played an integral role in educating international visitors about Palestinian rights and livelihoods. He has spoken publicly on these topics in diverse forums, including the French Embassy, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a number of churches and universities around the country. Mr. Nassar developed the concept for the Museum of The Palestinian People while working with artists and other contributors on the Nakba Museum Project travelling exhibitions in locations around the country. He is deeply passionate about peace building. Mr. Nassar is “a people person” who enjoys biking in Washington DC and meeting people from all over the world.

“On my first visit to Washington DC in 2011, I was thrilled by America’s capital city. I visited the parks and monuments, and spent hours in the museums, learning about America through the stories of its citizens who had come here from all over the world. Yet this new view of America left me with an unexpected feeling of loss and invisibility. There was no place here for me to tell my story, the human story of Palestine. There was no place for Americans and tourists to learn about the people and country I grew to love and cherish. I felt certain that many members of the Palestinian Diaspora shared those feelings. And from that overwhelming sense of want for Palestinian stories to share with one another, and with the American people, came my determination to create this space: The Museum of the Palestinian People.”          

The Museum of the Palestinian People and the "Bethlehem Beyond the Wall" Exhibition:

Mr. Bshara Nassar, the Executive Director of the Museum of the Palestinian People, was recently highlighted in the Rochester City Newspaper, as he proudly announced a new travelling exhibition Bethlehem Beyond the Wall .  The exhibit offers visitors a rare glimpse of Bethlehem from the perspective of the city’s residents. The exhibition will be on view at Manhattan College, NY, in Kelly 5A from February 19th – 27th, 10 am – 7 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Bethlehem photographer Elias Halabi, also a graduate of Bethlehem University, collaborated on the development of the exhibit and will also be featured at Manhattan College on Monday, February 26 with a Discussion with the Artist.

Bethlehem Beyond the Wall invites viewers to see a familiar place from a new point of view. Everyone recognizes Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus, few know that the city has a rich modern culture. Throughout history, Bethlehem has been a site of tragedy, struggle and survival. Today the area including Bethlehem and its surrounding villages is home to 100,000 people, the site of three refugee camps, and four generations of refugees. Bethlehem Beyond the Wall seeks to show the city through the eyes of people who have lived there for centuries. The exhibition includes roughly 100 photographs organized into discrete sections, 7 paintings, 4 video interviews, and a series of maps to help viewers locate Bethlehem inside shifting political boundaries. Click here for more information . Find the Facebook event here .

There are many related events at Manhattan College during the week that Bethlehem Beyond the Wall is on display:

Feb. 19 Opening Reception 5:30-7, Kelly 5A

Feb. 20 Faculty Panel 5:30, Kelly 5B

Monday, Feb. 26: Discussion with artist Elias Halabi, 5:30 p.m., Kelly Commons 4A

Feb. 27  Across the Divide  film screening, 5:00 Kelly 5B
About Bethlehem University:
Jointly founded by the Vatican and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Bethlehem University annually enrolls more than 3,200 students in bachelor, master, and professional diploma programs. A Catholic co-educational institution, the University is the only Catholic/Christian university in the Holy Land. The University's mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of the Holy Land and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing, and use of knowledge.

About Bethlehem University Foundation:
The Bethlehem University Foundation is the U.S. registered not-for-profit organization entrusted with the sole mission of supporting and promoting Bethlehem University. The Foundation is a means for United States citizens to make a tax deductible donation in support of Bethlehem University.

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