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U.S. Media Development Seminar on Palestine

2020 Media Development Seminar on Palestine Travel Fellowships

Program dates: June 24 - July 7, 2020 in Jerusalem and the West Bank


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The next Media Development Seminar (MDS) will be the summer of 2023. In September 2022, PARC will open the competition for the 2023 MDS. What follows below is from past competitions and seminars and is here for your information.

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 4th Media Development Seminar (MDS) on Palestine competition for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. Applicants must be from fields related to journalism, film, communications, or media. The program will host 10 to 12 U.S. faculty members to participate in roundtable discussions; visits to university media departments, local media outlets, and cultural and civil society organizations; tours of historic cities; as well as meetings with Palestinian colleagues. Through these activities, participants will learn about the region, deepen their knowledge of media in and about Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian colleagues and institutions.

Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens.
  • Be faculty members at recognized U.S. colleges or universities.  Applicants must be professors in journalism, film, communications, media, or related departments at their universities.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in Palestine.
  • Have little previous travel experience to Palestine.
  • Be willing to integrate their experiences from the seminar into their own teaching and/or pursue a joint research project or publication with a Palestinian colleague.
  • Be a member of PARC. Visit the PARC membership page for more information.

PARC will make all arrangements for the program, including hotel, site visits, tours, and meetings with Palestinian colleagues. PARC will cover all expenses for in-country, group ground travel, accommodations, and group meals. International travel and personal and free day expenses will be the responsibility of each faculty member and/or her/his/their university. In cases of demonstrated need, there is limited funding available to cover partial costs for international travel.

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Program contingent upon funding.


2018 Media Development Seminar

Now offering the Media Development Seminar (MDS) every other year, PARC held its third successful MDS in July 2018. Our 10 U.S. professors of media, film, journalism and communications explored the complex media landscape in Palestine. This year's program included new visits to Nablus and Haifa and exciting roundtable discussions on journalism, social media, and film. In addition to visiting a variety of media outlets, we met with colleagues at media centers at three Palestinian universities. The program included in-depth tours of five historic cities as well as visits to research and cultural organizations. We enjoyed opportunities to connect with Palestinian colleagues in individual meetings and over more relaxing lunches and dinners. We even made time to see the Ramallah performance of 47SOUL, along with a few thousand enthusiastic Palestinian fans.

2018 Media Development Seminar Participants

Amara Aguilar
Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Journalism
University of Southern California

Kari Lydersen
Lecturer and Interim Director of Social Justice New Nexus Project, Medill School of Journalism
Northwestern University

Jonathan Buchsbaum
Professor of Media Studies
Queens College, City University of New York

Fouzia Najar
Adjunct Professor of Media Studies
Hunter College
SUNY Old Westbury

Imani Cheers
Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs
George Washington University

Jordy Rosenberg
Professor of English
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Evene Estwick
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Wilkes University

Chloe Smolarski
Faculty of Media
Parsons New School and Digital History Archive
New York City College of Technology, City University of New York

Jean Grow
Professor of Strategic Communication
Marquette University

Christian Vukasovich
Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies
University of Southern Maine

2016 Media Development Seminar

PARC held its second successful Media Development Seminar (MDS) in July of 2016. Ten U.S. professors of media, film, journalism and communications explored the media landscape in Palestine with roundtable discussions on journalism, social media and film; visits to a variety of media outlets; and meetings at Palestinian university media centers. The program included in-depth tours of several historic cities, visits to research and cultural institutions, and ample time to connect with Palestinian colleagues. PARC has plans to offer the MDS every other year with the next seminar being in the summer of 2018.

2016 Media Development Seminar Participants

Catherine Cassara
Associate Professor of Journalism
and Media Studies
Bowling Green State University

Ron Krabill
Associate Professor of Media Studies and Director of MA in Cultural Studies
University of Washington, Bothell

Sally Ann Cruikshank
Assistant Professor of Journalism
Middle Tennessee State University

Anjali Nath
Assistant Professorship of American and Media Studies
American University of Beirut/University of California, Davis

Sarah Friedland
Director of Storytellers' Institute
Skidmore College

Jeannine Relly
Associate Professor of Journalism
University of Arizona

Nancy Kalow
Adjunct Professor of Documentary Studies
Duke University

Carol Schwalbe
Professor of Journalism and Director of Graduate Studies
University of Arizona

Sang Hea Kil
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Justice Studies
San Jose State University

Karin Wilkins
Dean, School of Communication
University of Miami

2014 Media Development Seminar

PARC launched its first Media Development Seminar (MDS) this year, which was composed of ten U.S. professors of media, film, journalism, and communications. The MDS followed a program and objectives similar to our successful Faculty Development Seminar launched five years ago. The group visited media centers at four different Palestinian university campuses, met with people at various Palestinian NGOs, and visited print, radio, and TV media outlets. The program included three round table discussions, dinners with Palestinian colleagues in media, and tours of historic sites in a number of West Bank cities.

2014 Media Development Seminar Participants

Ebony Coletu
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric
Pennsylvania State University

Ken Harper
Assistant Professor of Post-conflict Media Development
Syracuse University

Patricia Davis
Assistant Professor of Communications
Georgia State University

Kandace Harris
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Mass Media
Clark Atlanta University

Shahira Fahmy
Associate Professor of Journalism
University of Arizona

Linda Lumsden
Associate Professor of Journalism
University of Arizona

Tami Gold
Professor of Film & Media Studies
Hunter College, City University of New York

Jason Osder
Assistant Professor of Media & Public Affairs
George Washington University

Mary Gould
Assistant Professor of Communications
Saint Louis University

Laurie Rice
Associate Professor of Political Science
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville



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