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Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 - 7:00 pm, $8.00

State 194 website

J Street website

"Perspectives on Peace" will be the topic of a three-part film/discussion series focussing on the need for a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine. Each film will be followed by a panel and/or discussion moderated by leaders of the Albany Capital District chapter of JStreet.

The series runs as follows:

Thursday May 30th "Five Broken Cameras"
Thursday June 27th " The Law in These Parts"
Thursday October 10th "State 194"

The film will be followed by discussion moderated by Professor Aaron Benavot

State 194

In 2009, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched a plan to demonstrate that his people were deserving of statehood, inspiring them to change their destiny and seek UN membership. Since then, they've made remarkable progress, but the political quagmire-and Fayyad's recent resignation from office-may destroy the most promising opportunity for peace in years.

Moderator Aaron Benavot

Aaron Benavot (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Professor in the School of Education at the University at Albany-SUNY with interests in global education policy and comparative education research. He also serves as Secretary of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). Before taking up his position at UAlbany, he served four years as Senior Policy Analyst on the Education for All Global Monitoring Report team at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. He contributed to the development and drafting of four global monitoring reports: Literacy for Life (2006), Strong Foundations: Early Childhood Care and Education (2007), Education for All by 2015: Will We Make It? (2008) and Overcoming Inequality: Why Governance Matters (2009) ( During this period he also participated in different activities undertaken by UNESCO's Education Sector, particularly in the areas of literacy, education for sustainable development, quality learning enhancement and lifelong learning.
Benavot previously taught in the sociology departments at the University of Georgia (1985-1990) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1990-2007) and has served as a visiting professor at universities in Argentina, Japan, Germany, Italy, Malta and France. Benavot has been involved in European Union-sponsored socio-economic research as a consortium partner, lead partner and evaluator. He received a post-doctoral National Academy of Education fellowship from the Spencer Foundation (USA) and a national Alon Fellowship (Israel). In 2007 he was elected to the CIES Board of Directors and until recently served as coeditor of the journal, Comparative Education Review. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, Revista de EducaciĆ³n, The European Journal of Social Sciences-Innovation and Revista Latinoamericana de EducaciĆ³n Comparada.

J Street

J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans fighting for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. JStreet believes that Israel's Jewish and democratic character depend on a two-state solution, resulting in a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security.

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