Press Release


The Public Square presents two programs focusing on Iraq, the Middle East, and Arab/Jewish relations.

CHICAGO – Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, and its partners on Wednesday, April 1st at the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph St., 2nd Floor, Chicago) for two programs focusing on the issues surrounding Middle East conflicts: "Reflections on Peace and Justice with Dr. Dahlia Wasfi" and "Encounter Point: Film Screening and Discussion."

"Reflections on Peace and Justice" will be an intimate conversation with Dr. Dahlia Wasfi, physician and peace activist, who will offer her thoughts on the current situation in Iraq and the Middle East. This event will take placefrom 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center’s GAR Rotunda. This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing or by calling 312.422.5580.

The evening will continue with a screening and discussion of Encounter Point, a poignant documentary about a former Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother, and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk their lives and public standing to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater. This portion of the evening is free and open to the public, and reservations are not required for the screening.

After the film, discussion will explore a future of coexistence and Arab-Jewish relations in Israel/Palestine as well as in the United States. The panelists are:

  • Yotam Amit, a coordinator for the Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace
  • Leena Odeh, youth organizer and community leader
  • Rabbi Brant Rosen, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (moderator)  
  • Dr. Dahlia Wasfi, physician and peace activist 

These events are sponsored by Chicago DCA Theater, Theatre Mir, and The Public Square.

The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations. More information about The Public Square is available at

The Illinois Humanities Council is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.

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