Lisa Schirch presents a framework for convening discussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without triggering fight-or-flight responses. After years of peacebuilding practice around the globe, Dr. Schirch spent three months in 2017 interviewing Palestinian and Israeli activists and publishing reflections on her blog. Her act of sharing voices from both groups ignited an online firestorm among her audience, illuminating the salience of trauma and the echoes of antisemitic and Islamophobic narratives in contemporary conversation on the conflict.
Lisa Schirch, Ph.D. is the Starmann Chair in Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches “Strategic Peacebuilding” and coordinates a program on “Digital Peacebuilding” with the Toda Peace Institute. She is a former Fulbright Fellow and the author and editor of 11 books, including Social Media Impacts on Conflict and Democracy (2021) and The Ecology of Violent Extremism: Peace and Security in the 21st Century (2018).
This event took place on November 17, 2021 and was moderated by Ned Lazarus, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School at the George Washington University.
Sponsored by the Elliott School, the Judaic Studies Program, and the Israel Institute