On January 16, 2009, the Department of Geography and the People’s Geography Project sponsored a “Teach-In” about the conflict in Gaza for a standing-room-only audience. Attended by undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and members of the community and moderated by Dr. Robert Ross (Syracuse), the teach-in sought to provide deeper understanding about the war between Israel and Hamas than could be found in the American media. An interdisciplinary panel of experts, featuring Drs. Shaw Dallal (Colgate University), Miriam Elman (Syracuse), Louis Kriesberg (Syracuse), and Daniel Bertrand Monk (Colgate), gave short presentations on the historical-geographic underpinnings of the warfare, its domestic and international political context, and potential ways the conflict might be resolved. A lengthy question-and-answer session and discussion followed the presentations.

In addition to the presentations and discussion, the teach-in gave participants several reading lists, chronologies, and maps.