Mandel-Palagye Program for Middle East Peace (Summer 2016)

Spring Information Session: Tuesday, January 12, 4:00pm. LBC room 210 (McKeever Conference Room)


A five-week summer program giving fifteen Tulane students an immersion in the dynamics of the Arab-Israeli conflict through classroom study and hands-on experience in Israel. The program begins on Tulane’s campus with three short courses on conflict resolution, modern Middle East history, and cultural representations of Arab-Palestinian relations. After two weeks of intensive study, the group will travel to Israel for the last three weeks of the program. While in Israel, the Tulane professors will weave the perspectives of invited speakers and field trips into the coursework. Students will earn six credit hours (two each in Political Science, Jewish Studies, and History) for passing these classes and completing the trip to Israel.

This program is free. For the 15 selected students, a generous donation allows us to cover virtually all expenses including tuition, housing, some meals, and round-trip airfare between New Orleans and Israel. The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace of the Hebrew University will host the group and provide guest speakers and field trips. Students will be housed at Hebrew University. Tulane faculty members Brian Horowitz and Christina Kiel will accompany students on all official functions.

Requirements and Application

You must be on track to complete JWST 3320 (Arab-Israeli Conflict) or HISM 2210 (History of the Middle East) or POLI 4310 (Peace Studies and Conflict Management) or an equivalent (in the eyes of the faculty application committee) by the end of spring term 2016 to apply.

All participants must be full-time Tulane University undergraduates and have been enrolled full time at Tulane for at least the two consecutive semesters before the start of the program. Participants must remain enrolled as full-time undergraduates during the fall semester immediately following the program.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via electronic submission at The deadline is March 6, 2016.


How can I get additional information? Contact Tinese Connell


Tulane University, School of Liberal Arts, 102 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA  70118, (504) 865-5225,