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The Olive Tree Initiative: Experiential Learning and Teaching about Intractable Conflicts in the Middle East and Beyond


January 31, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Daniel Wehrenfennig
Olive Tree Initiative, University of California, US
States and Non-state Actors in the Middle East Series . Supported by the Jack and Carol Wasserman Fund for Ethnic Conflict Studies
The Olive Tree Initiative: Experiential Learning and Teaching about Intractable Conflicts in the Middle East and Beyond

The Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) is an award-winning international experiential learning program that takes students and community members on annual educational fact-finding trips to conflict zones around the world, such as the Middle East, South Caucasus, Northern Ireland and Kashmir. The cornerstone of the OTI experience is group travel and on-the-ground exposure to the people, politics and realities of the regions and conflicts studied. It combines intensive study abroad travel with extensive pre-trip education and post-trip curriculum. Since 2008, OTI has grown from a single campus to ten campus chapters in the US and the UK. OTI's unique experiential learning model has mentored over 600 student leaders, who have learned how studying conflicts helps them develop leadership skills and become engaged citizens.


Daniel Wehrenfennig, PhD, is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Olive Tree Initiative and Director of the Certificate Program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the University of California, Irvine. He has produced a documentary film for civic education in Malawi/Africa. His recent work has been published by Peace Review, Communication Theory, the University of California Press, Lexington Books and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism.
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Location: Penthouse

Event Type: BC Event