About this Project
The budding relationship between Ohio University (OU) and Hadassah Academic College (HAC) is beginning with the on-line collaboration between the Global Leadership Center (GLC) at OU and Politics and Communications Department at HAC. This blog is one realization of this promising academic partnership.
The focus of this project is to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and understanding of the complex social, religious, security, economical and political issues in the Middle East and the American understanding of and involvement with these. The goal of this blog is to foster meaningful conversation in an open and respectful forum. To this end, students from the GLC and the Politics and Communications Department at HAC are developing a robust and respectful dialogue by using this transnational blog. This blog provides them with a platform to tackle controversial issues, showcasing each party’s strong beliefs. This clash of opinions synthesizes an intellectual dialogue in which commonly-held stereotypes are challenged, providing a framework for students and the general public to educate one another through informative, objective information. Our hope is to spread this dialogue across cultures, providing people from around the globe an opportunity to respectfully express their thoughts and learn from one another.
The Global Leadership Center
The Global Leadership Center strives to develop internationally-minded, locally-engaged leaders in all walks of life by offering a two-year undergraduate certificate that prepares students to become lifelong learners in order to serve as internationally-minded, skilled, attuned, professional and experienced leaders in all walks of life (commercial, governmental and nongovernmental, educational, etc.). The program prepares students to think critically and creatively, communicate clearly and logically, be flexible and non-dogmatic, embrace ambiguity and complexity, and understand the world’s challenging commercial, political, religious, and cultural issues. In the Global Leadership Center, students work in teams comprised of both Ohio University and foreign-based international students on real-world projects, usually with real-world clients (both in the USA and abroad), in a community-based education experience.
To learn more about the Global Leadership Center: http://www.ohio.edu/glc/
Hadassah Academic College Politics and Communications Department
The BA in Politics and Communications program aims to provide students with hands-on tools and training as preparation for careers as campaign managers, spokespersons, political correspondents, publicists, lobbyists, political strategists, and consultants. Through both theoretical and real world, practical instruction, students are exposed to the influence of mass media on policy design and construction of images and stereotypes. Students take a range of subject specific and interdisciplinary theory courses covering topics including, international communication, mass communication, propaganda and political campaigns, ethics, political and diplomatic strategy and more.
In addition to classroom academics, students are also given opportunities to get out into the field and experience the real world of politics and media. Students enjoy full day seminars with seasoned experts – from parliamentary assistants in the Knesset to government ministers, visits to the Supreme Court, meetings with the news teams at Israel’s major networks and the Knesset channel, meeting U.S. researchers at the American Cultural Center, think tanks and public relations firms, and other exciting and informative experiences. The program relies on real world training to give students crucial career building experience and to help bring the nuts and bolts of politics to life.
To learn more about Hadassah Academic College: http://www.hadassah.ac.il/en/schools/government-and-social-sciences/politics-and-communication/