News Release

From the Voices of Those Who Have Lived There

Learn more about contemporary life and relations in Palestine from the perspective of people who have lived there. A forum, Life for Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land, will be held on Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel Grand Lobby.

Two Palestinians, one a Christian and the other a Muslim, will share their experiences and interpretations of Palestine. Trinity will welcome Father Nicholas Dahdal, an Orthodox Christian archpriest from Cicero and an expert on Palestinian issues; and Rafeeq Jaber, former president of the Bridgeview Mosque Association and a cofounder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  

Dr. Brad Breems, professor of sociology, will host the event. Serving on the panel will be Dr. Bob Rice, professor of history; Dr. George Pierson, associate professor of philosophy;  and Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, professor of English.

This forum is intended to give our community thoughtful, first-hand accounts of life in Palestine, covering subjects such as:

  • how non-Israelis experience life in Israel
  • opportunities and hardships in Palestine
  • practice of one’s faith in Israel
  • freedoms there in comparison to Israelis and either Muslims or Christians.

The event is sponsored by the sociology and history departments and the Trinity Cultural Affairs Committee. The community as well as Trinity students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.


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