Contextualizing the Conflict: Conversations about the Middle East – Wednesday, October 18th 2023, 12:15pm – McKinnon Hall

Elon students, staff, and faculty are invited to come together in McKinnon Hall on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 12:15 for “Contextualizing the Conflict: Conversations about the Middle East.” This is an excellent opportunity to learn about past and present developments in the Middle East from multiple scholarly perspectives. We are grateful for the many Elon faculty members lending their expertise and look forward to seeing many of you at the event.


You are cordially invited to a Homecoming Reception hosted by the International and Global Studies Program and the Departments of Sociology & Anthropology and Political Science & Policy Studies on

Friday, October 20, 2023, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM at the Front Patio of Lindner Hall.

Enjoy refreshments, share your stories, and reminisce about your time at Elon. This gathering is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni, your (former) professors, and current majors and minors who share your passion for learning and your connections to Elon.


Please RSVP by Friday, October 6th. We look forward to seeing you there!

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November 7, 2023

Shay Rabineau, “Walking the Land: Hiking, Environment and National Identity in Israel”
LaRose Student Commons 200, 5:30 p.m.


This public lecture will focus on one of the most extensive and well-developed trail systems in the world, which emerged in Palestine and Israel since the early 20th century. Based on the speaker’s recently published book, “Walking the Land: A History of Israeli Hiking Trails,” this presentation will illuminate the importance of Israel’s hiking trails and the development of a thriving recreational culture among locals and visitors alike to the country’s history, national identity, and conservation efforts in a variety of ways. Using a seemingly superficial topic – hiking trails – this lecture will also explore their profound impact on Zionist thought, Israeli society, and Palestinian national aspirations.


Dr. Shay Rabineau is Associate Professor of Israel Studies and Associate Director of the Center for Israel Studies at Binghamton University. He is the author of Walking the Land: A History of Israeli Hiking Trails (Indiana University Press, 2023). His research and teaching lies at the intersection of history, politics, and environment in Israel and the West Bank. He recently became the first person since 1934 to circle the Dead Sea on foot, and is writing a book on the history of the Dead Sea and its current environmental crisis.


Sponsored by the Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences; Jewish Studies; and International and Global Studies.