NOVA Global Studies in Amman, Jordan
September 12, 2008
In June, Annandale English Professor Joyce Brotton participated in a NOVA Global Studies seminar on conflict resolution in the Middle East. Onsite hosts were Allison Hodgkins, representing the Council on International Educational Exchange, and Dr. Mohammad Momani, director of the Regional Human Security Center, Amman, Jordan.
Seminar participants included college faculty and administrators from the United States and Canada. Sites visited included archeological digs, a Palestinian refugee camp, an industrial site and a bee research center. The group lunched with a U.S. Embassy official and enjoyed dinner at the Israeli Embassy. They were addressed by former Prime Minister Abdel Salam al-Majali, economists, and political and interfaith groups.
Jordan promoted tourism through Petra, Roman ruins and the beautiful dessert landscape of Wadi Rum. However, manufacturing hopes were stymied by the lack of a technically trained population, such as community colleges could provide.
Jordan also looked toward the Red Sea-Dead Sea project, which stalled because of the lack of a recognized Palestinian government, although Jordan and Israel had reached an agreement. Seminar participants observed the Dead Sea when they traveled through the West Bank to Jerusalem and were able to see conflict resolution demonstrated through the work of the Center for Jewish-Christian Relations. While in Jerusalem, the group also visited the Palestinian Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA). Participants returned to their universities and colleges with increased awareness of an important part of the world.
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