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Full Name: Irene R. Nasser
NCDD Member Since: Sep. 18, 2008
About Me: Prior to joining Just Vision, Irene worked as the Program Coordinator for the Division of International Politics and Foreign Policy at American University. As Program Coordinator, she organized and planned a Summer Institute on Human Rights, managed departmental operations, and served as a liaison for faculty and staff members. She has also co-facilitated dialogue groups concentrating on Arab-Jewish-American relations in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as well as US-Islamic Relations. In addition to facilitation, Irene is trained in conducting issue-based dialogue, program evaluation and assessment, and trauma management and response.

Irene received her master’s from the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at American University in Washington, DC. During her graduate studies, Irene focused on the intersection of conflict resolution and identity and more specifically on the role of oral history in the formation of the identity of Palestinians in Israel. Irene received her BA in communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she conducted media analysis to investigate the role of media and education in the representation of conflict.

In 2006 Irene’s internship with Shatil, in Jerusalem, entailed research on the methods and strategies Israeli NGOs utilize as a means of reconciliation and conflict resolution between Palestinians and Israeli Jews. The project included the collection and analysis of data as well as program evaluation.

A Palestinian from Israel, Irene is fluent in both Arabic and Hebrew and is the co-author of “Textbooks as a Vehicle for Segregation and Domination: State Efforts to Shape Palestinian Israelis’ Identities as Citizens” in the Journal of Curriculum Studies (Vol. 40, 2008).
My Interest Areas: Peacebuilding, conflict resolution, Palestine/Israel, youth
My Work
Organization Name: Just Vision
Title / Position: Outreach Associate
Description: Just Vision is a nonprofit organization that informs local and international audiences about under-documented Palestinian and Israeli joint civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently. Using media and educational tools, we raise awareness in order to encourage civic participation in grassroots peace building.

Just Vision released an award-winning feature documentary, Encounter Point, in April 2006 as a response to the lack of media coverage about civilian joint efforts in the region. The film follows the stories of a handful of ordinary Palestinian and Israeli civilians who overcame personal tragedies and grief and endured the harshest consequences of the conflict yet chose to partner with their supposed enemies in order to resolve the conflict non-violently. At the time of its release, no documentary effectively showcased adults who dared to behave in humane, empathic and thoughtful ways, and who expressed a desire to resolve the conflict through diplomacy rather than militarism and militancy. The film has opened hundreds of doors to the film subjects, empowering them to reach audiences worldwide, and to spread their message. Encounter Point premiered to sold-out audiences at the Tribeca Film Festival. Since then, it has won numerous awards and was hailed by Variety as a “Concise, intelligent documentary… that deftly avoids schmaltz in its delineation of grief and its celebration of cross-cultural activism.” Encounter Point has received rave reviews in the Jerusalem Post, the Village Voice, TimeOut NY, the New York Times, LA Weekly and more.
My Favorite Links: justvision.org, encounterpoint.com
My Contact Info
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 202-232-6820
Website URL: justvision.org
Street Address: 1616 P Street, NW, Suite 340
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Zip or Country Code: 20036
NCDD Involvement
Member Type: Individual Member (dues-paying)
NCDD 2008 Attendee: Yes

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