JMU Faculty Meet with Senior Israeli Policymaker at Nelson Institute Roundtable

November 16, 2005

HARRISONBURG—Thirteen members of the James Madison University faculty met yesterday with Dr. Ra’anan Gissin, senior advisor and spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a roundtable sponsored by the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

The informal briefing for faculty was part of a visit to JMU by Dr. Gissin which was sponsored by Caravan for Democracy, a private non-profit organization that drives constructive dialogue on college campuses throughout the United States by featuring different speakers from Israel to discuss the challenges Israel faces in the Middle East. It was co-sponsored by JMU Hillel and the Nelson Institute. During his one-day visit to Harrisonburg, Dr. Gissin also met with JMU students and delivered a lecture in Grafton-Stovall Theatre that was attended by more than 550 JMU faculty and students as well as members of the general public.

In addition to Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of Nelson Institute, who introduced Dr. Gissin, faculty members attending the roundtable discussion included Drs. Melinda J. Adams (Political Science), Jessica Adolino (Political Science), Kakahama Askary (Philosophy and Religion), Bridget I. Butkevich (Economics), Michael Galgano (History), Glenn P. Hastedt (Center for Liberal and Applied Social Sciences), William J. Hawk (Philosophy and Religion), Jonathan W. Keller (Political Science), Kay M. Knickrehmn (Political Science), Andrew I. Kohen (Economics), David Owusu-Ansah (History), and John A. Scherpereel (Center for Liberal and Applied Social Sciences).