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‘Moderation in the Midst of Conflict’

Washington Institute Scholar to Discuss Issues and Possible Solutions
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Mohammed S. Dajani, the inaugural Weston Fellow at the Washington Institute, will discuss “Moderation in the Midst of Conflict: The Palestinian Wasatia Movement and the Path to Peace” Thursday, Oct. 1.

The 6:15-7:30 p.m. program, open to the public, will be held at the Fullerton Marriott on the southeast corner of campus.

The program is sponsored by Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García; the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and the Rose Project of the Jewish Federation & Family Services in Orange County.

“Cal State Fullerton is proud to welcome a leading voice for expanding our understanding of others’ historical experiences of suffering and oppression,” said Scott Spitzer, associate professor of political science and event organizer. “In 2014, he brought Palestinian students from Al-Quds University to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp, partnering with Israeli academics who brought their students to visit the Palestinian Dheisheh refugee camp. Dr. Dajani’s presentation provides a unique opportunity to consider how understanding others’ experiences and perspectives, even in the midst of conflict, can produce lasting change for peace and reconciliation.”

Dajani, a former professor of political science at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, is founder of the Wasatia movement of moderate Islam.

A Jerusalem-born scholar and peace activist, Dajani has written extensively on Arab culture and politics. He holds doctorates from the University of Texas and University of South Carolina and is founding director of the Jerusalem Studies and Research Institute.

For more information, contact Spitzer at or 657-278-3771.