The Queens College (CUNY) Center for Ethnic, Racial, & Religious Understanding recently held an event showcasing the Palestinian Arc, as envisioned by the RAND Corporation and Suisman Urban Design. The panelists Dr. Christopher Tucker, President of Friends of the Arc, Executive Director of the American Task Force on Palestine Ghaith al-Olmari, and David Makovsky, the Ziegler distinguished fellow and director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Project on the Middle East Peace Process - addressed a community audience on the value and importance of the Arc vision, and the practical steps that must be taken in order to bring the vision into reality. Parts of the exchange are captured in the Queens Times Ledger.
As Professor of History and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and Director of the Michael Harrington Center at Queens College, Professor Rosenblum had the panelists present the Arc to his students whose class will revolve around a semester long simulation where they role play in "secret negotiations" between the Israelis and Palestinians, using the Palestinian Arc as a vision around which agreement might be reached.
This simulation was explained by its creator, Sophia McGee (below), to the community audience. And, students from the class had the opportunity to raise questions to the panelists regarding the Arc and the Israeli-Palestinian standoff.