K-12 Spring Webinar Series, Contemporary Middle East in Context: “Land and Water in the Holy Land: the Role of Natural Resources in Arab-Israeli Relations” with Dr. David Katz (University of Haifa) (virtual)

Between February and April 2022, K-14 educators in the U.S. and around the world are invited to a three-part webinar series exploring certain current issues in the Middle East with a focus on historical context. Each 90-minute session will feature a different issue that demonstrates how understanding the past is essential for comprehending today’s Middle East. Content experts will introduce important contemporary issues before delving back into the past to explore how we arrived at our present moment. Attending teachers will gain a deeper understanding of the region’s history and current events, as well as ideas about incorporating this information into classrooms.


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This session will explore the role that natural resources, especially water, have played in the recent development of the Middle East, including how concern over access to resources formed the borders of the current states in the region, how they fueled conflict, inspired innovation, and how they are still playing a significant role in the region’s interstate relations.

David Katz is an Israel Institute Grant Recipient. Katz is a senior lecturer in the department of geography and environmental studies at University of Haifa with expertise in political geography, transboundary environmental politics, and water management. Katz earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is currently in the Visiting Faculty Program at Duke University.


“Contemporary Middle East in Context” is a collaboration between the two National Resource Centers (NRCs) of the Consortium for Middle East Studies at Duke University-The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and of the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. It has been funded by Title VI grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to these NRCs.


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