Visiting Scholar at George Washington University Paul Scham will discuss “Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Geneva Room. A question and answer period and a reception, sponsored by Hillel, will follow.
Scham grew up in New York City, and was educated at Columbia, Princeton, and the University of California, where he received a law degree. Not finding law to his liking, he became interested in Israel, and gradually in the Israeli-Arab conflict as a whole. In 1989 he set up the Washington office of Americans for Peace Now and engaged in lobbying, advocacy and analysis on behalf of Americans who supported the Israeli peace movement.
From 1996 until 2002 he worked on joint Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Jordanian academic and NGO projects at the Truman Institute for Peace of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, working intensively with Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians. He is currently engaged in editing a book on Israeli-Palestinian views of history.