Abraham's Vision

Course Summary

The Vision Program is a ten month fellowship for Jewish American, Palestinian American, Israeli, and Palestinian university students. Fellows explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict academically utilizing comparative conflict and social justice analysis and personally through individual and group processes.

Using the Balkan wars of the 1990s as a starting point, participants embark on a four-week summer educational trip (from June through July) in Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia-Herzegovina (view map of previous summer programs). In the immediately following academic year, fellows engage in two weekend conferences, aimed to process their return to their lives and campuses after the summer, and organize and participate in campus and community presentations, which help participants to articulate their own voices as they relate to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict using a social justice lens.

The fellowship’s goal is to engage in a critical process of self and communal reflection as a tool for understanding how participants’ identities are practiced in their daily lives. Our program aims (a) to empower participants to heighten their self-awareness, paying particular attention to their political selves; (b) to develop their critical thinking; and (c) to examine how such thinking manifests itself in Jewish-Palestinian, Israeli-Palestinian, Jewish-Israeli, and intra Jewish-Israeli-Palestinian relations.

ImageClick on the image to see a short film documenting our pilot 2006-07 Vision Program, which was filmed by Fellows from the program while traveling throughout the Balkans.

Apply for the 2011-2012 Vision Program Fellowship online here.

Click here to download the PDF version.


(When filling out the application via PDF, please dowload the pdf, save a copy to your hard drive and send it as an attachment.)

Once you are finished with the application, please download and complete the supplementary PDF signature and recommendation forms here, and send them to AV.