Chicago (March 3, 2009) Saint Xavier University recently hosted a panel discussion about the Gaza Strip conflict between Israel and Palestine to heighten awareness of the area’s history and its current humanitarian concerns.
Christian Molidor, R.S.M., discussed the experience of living in the West Bank and Jerusalem. SXU Professor Peter N. Kirstein, Ph.D., advocated reassessment of the American-Israel bilateral relationship. Shaun Harkin, an organizer with the Immigrants' Rights Coalition and the Chicago Antiwar Coalition, writer, International Socialist Review, addressed connections between the experience of the Palestinians and local marginalized communities.
The discussion was sponsored by the SXU Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice and the Middle Eastern Studies program. These departments consider involvement in world issues and responsiveness to humanitarian crises as basic tenets of service, mercy, diversity and justice that constitute a part of the University’s core values. Saint Xavier’s Diversity Action and Reflection Team also supported this event.
For more information about Saint Xavier’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, please visit http://www.sxu.edu/Academic/Liberal/Sociology/default.asp.
For more information about Saint Xavier’s Middle Eastern Studies program, please visit http://www.sxu.edu/Academic/Liberal/Middle_Eastern_Studies/default.asp.
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