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Sunday, January 31 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
If you Prick Us, Shall We Not Bleed? Ideologically Challenging Entertainment and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Ideologically Challenging Entertainment (ICE) is an approach to deradicalization that was first implemented through a theatrical adaptation of The Merchant of Venice titled Two Merchants. Each performance included two versions: a Jewish dominated society with an Arab Muslim minority, contrasted with an Arab Muslim dominated society and a Jewish minority. Audience responses to the show demonstrated that, not only did the production increase tolerance in relation to the Arab-Israeli conflict, but results indicated that using the Arab-Israeli conflict as a case study, may have, in this instance, inspired increased tolerance and reduced prejudice towards other victimized groups as well.

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Dana Chalmers

Dr Dana Lori Chalmers focuses her research interests on the relationship between ideological radicalization and violent conflict. She recently developed an approach to creating Ideologically Challenging Entertainment (ICE) – entertainment that challenges the ideologies that support... Read More →

Sunday January 31, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm PST
Room B