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PBPL 85 Meets with Salam Fayyad

We left early this morning to travel to a Kibbutz about an hour and a half away from Jerusalem. The class toured the Nahal Oz Kibbutz and learned about the daily lives of the people that live there and the losses they suffered during the last conflicts. For lunch, we were welcomed into the Kibbutz dining hall, which was extremely similar to a school cafeteria. After members of the Kibbutz answered the class’s questions, we departed the Kibbutz and traveled back to Jerusalem for a busy evening of meetings.

Our first evening meeting was with Sari Nusseibeh, a professor and the author of “Once Upon a Country.” Having read Nusseibeh’s book during the term, the class was particularly excited to meet an author who voiced far greater optimism for peace than most. Nusseibeh lived up to high expectations (especially for one member of the class who truly couldn’t wait to meet him) and gave us an essential Palestinian perspective. We left the meeting with Nusseibeh with new insights and many signed copies of his book.

PBPL 85 travels to Moshav Na’ama in the Jordan Valley

We woke up early this morning to travel to Moshav Na’ama, an agricultural settlement in the Jordan Valley. At Moshav Na’ama, we were welcomed into Bar Levy’s home and ate a wonderful breakfast (complete with fresh vegetables and dates from the farms) with his family. After breakfast, Bar Levy, an Israeli soldier, allowed us to ask him questions about his life, his family’s history, and his views on the peace process. Our class came away from the discussion with a greater understanding of the differences that exist amongst types of Israeli settlements and the motivations of those that live there. Then, Bar Levy’s brother took us on a tour of his date processing plant, his date fields, and his father’s herb fields. He explained to us the growing process and let us sample dates. He also introduced us to his Palestinian friend and fellow farmer who allowed us to ask him about his life and his interactions with Israelis in the area. The class left the farms with new insights for our memo and 5 kg of dates for snacks on the bus (we will keep you updated on the amount eaten).

PBPL 85 in Jerusalem

Today, our class set out to learn about the heart of Israel, Jerusalem and more specifically the Old City of Jerusalem. We awoke and after breakfast at the hotel, we walked to the Old City. On our way, we passed very few people as it was still Shabbat and stores were not yet open for business. To better understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it was essential that our class get a first hand look at the holy places that lie at the center of the dispute. Throughout the day, we walked through all four quarters; the Armenian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, the Christian Quarter, and the Muslim Quarter. In the Jewish Quarter, we stopped to put our wishes in the Western Wall and were stunned at the proximity of the Western Wall to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Temple Mount, and Dome of the Rock. In the Muslim Quarter, we explored the markets and stopped for lunch at a restaurant to enjoy more hummus, pita and falafel. In the Christian Quarter, the class was able to venture into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and even go to an underground tunnel underneath the Coptic Church.

PBPL 85 Students in Tel Aviv and Jaffa

Our class’s second full day in Israel brought new places and new experiences! In the morning, we had the chance to walk around Tel Aviv and a lot of our class went to the nearby beach to relax before the day’s activities. After breakfast at the hotel, we departed from Tel Aviv and ventured to Jaffa, an ancient port city. Despite being just a few minutes away from Tel Aviv, Jaffa felt worlds away from the modern Tel Aviv and was our first introduction to the ancient history that lies in the Israeli land. We spent a few hours touring Jaffa and learning about the history surrounding the port and the city. The highlights of the historic tour included the Mahmoudiya Mosque, St. Peter’s Church, the Sea Walls Promenade, and the town’s clock tower. Our class walked through the winding streets of Jaffa and marveled at the beautiful views from the highest point of Jaffa, the archeological pieces in shops, and the ingenuity of filling in corners of buildings so that in ancient times people would be deterred from urinating in the streets. During the tour, we stopped for a delicious lunch at a scenic restaurant and dined family style.

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Summer Modelfino '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

Today was our first full day in Belfast, and the ladies at Pearl Court Guesthouse prepared a fantastic breakfast. In the morning, our classmate Noah stormed out of the guesthose, suitcase in hand, without a word. We had to carry on without him, since we had two speakers lined up and needed to prepare our questions. It turns out he was just dropping off his laundry, which made the rest of us feel a little silly. With the group together, minus one, it was go-time. I would also like to recognize Ester for her transatlantic adventure to interview with monkeys.

In true historian fashion, our first speaker, Henry Patterson, shared some of his knowledge with us about the UUP. Thank you, Mr. Patterson! Next on the agenda was Avila Kilmurray, one of the founders of the Women's Coalition Party. She gave us some insight on community-based projects and her work over the last 20 years.

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Noah Reichblum '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

 

 

PBPL 85 students at Boston College's Dublin campus.

Today was filled meetings, pints of Guinness, and a riveting contemporary take on partition in Northern Ireland. Our morning started bright and early, with a classic Irish breakfast of sausages, eggs, and a whole lot of coffee. The group then trumped off to Boston College's campus in Dublin. We learned about Gerry Adams' past, the current Boston College Controversy, and a whole lot more.

 

 

 

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Kevin Schorr '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

 

 

PBPL 85 students with former Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

The stakes were raised once again for the team today as we prepared to meet with the former Taoiseach, or Prime Minister for those of you not yet versed in Gaelic, of the Irish Free State/Republic, Bertie Ahern.

 

 

 

 

The meeting naturally took place at a valued site of Irish heritage, the Jameson distillery. No drinks were had, but many a pastry devoured by those in attendance as Bertie gave us a first-hand account of his experiences in the Good Friday peace talks, as well as a few choice words about resident British correspondent Nick’s favorite Iron-Lady politician, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

 

 

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Fiona Weeks '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

Today our group finally made it to Dublin, or as they call it, The Emerald City. We're certainly not in Kansas anymore. Using our knowledge of the area to fit in with the locals, we were immediately called out for being American by the Scottish lads “on holiday” who we met at the baggage claim. They were right, we are American. Except for Nick, our expert on British imperialism. CJ was dissatisfied with our transportation, the Mercedes minibus, but we relished in the luxury after sitting in tiny vans all the way to Heathrow. Afterward, we sped to the Belvedere Hotel. We had time only to hit the pubs and then hit the hay.

PBPL 85 Global Policy Leadership Participant Heather Szilagyi '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

The Global Policy Leadership Practicum touched down in London after a long day of travel on December 3, 2014. We are tasked with producing a policy “white paper” outlining lessons learned from the Northern Ireland peace process that could be applied to other seemingly intractable conflicts around the world, but this prodigious assignment did not stop us from taking advantage of our time in London. We mingled with native Londoners, including our fellow classmate, at Borough Market and a local comedy club, then met more than our fair share of tourists at the London Eye and busy Christmas Markets.

Our most unique introduction to London, however, was the generous, amazing dinner we enjoyed with Dartmouth alumni at the home of John Scott '88.

 

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Travels to Northern Ireland

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

Public Policy 85, Global Policy Leadership Practicum, is a course that combines experiential learning and public policy, creating a unique and interactive learning environment for students. The course serves as a tool for connecting a select group of Dartmouth students to real-world international policy experience. Twelve rising juniors and seniors who have demonstrated keen interest in public policy while at Dartmouth are selected each year for participation in the course. Taught by renowned Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, Charles Wheelan '88, each year the course addresses a different international public policy debate. The unique aspect of the course is that it takes learning beyond the classroom and textbook by traveling to the country of study during winter break.

 

 

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