YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA SPEAK AT MAXWELL
Syracuse University’s Maxwell School recently hosted a group of twenty-one professionals from across the Middle East and North Africa. As part of the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), these individuals were chosen by their governments to come and spend time in the United States to become better acquainted with American culture and political perspectives. In a joint effort with the Maxwell’s Ex- ecutive Education Program, on February 28th, an informal and public discussion was held. Speaking before a tightly packed room of faculty, staff, and students, the guests gave presentations on the misperceptions about the region and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After opening the floor to questions, many audience members were interested in the biased perspectives that people adopt when discussing this emotional conflict. Though the discussion was only scheduled for an hour, the conversation lasted for over two hours as students and professors peppered the guests with questions. A traditional Middle Eastern style lunch was provided for all in attendance as a backdrop to the themed event.