Reasons for Hope: An Interactive Workshop

Monday, February 12, 2024
3:00 pm
Floor/Room #
Odeum A & B

Embark on a journey of hope with us as we invite you to a community-wide presentation and workshop at WPI. Featuring two inspiring individuals—Guy Ben-Aharon, the Executive Director and Founder of The Jar, an Israeli man, and Dr. Eman Ansari, a Palestinian woman. These friends will not only share the beauty and challenges of their unique friendship but also present their ideas for a path forward.

This event goes beyond dialogue; it is a beacon of hope, centering on perspectives that inspire unity and understanding. We aim to foster a sense of shared purpose, emphasizing the power of connection in overcoming challenges. Join us for an uplifting and transformative experience that transcends boundaries and brings our WPI community together.

Light refreshments will be served. Please register here to attend.

For more information, please reach out to Corey Denenberg Dehner, Associate Professor of Teaching at or Bwann Gwann, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at

Special thanks to the Planning Committee:

Corey Denenberg Dehner, JD, PhD, Planning Committee Chair 
Associate Professor of Teaching 
The Global School

Rev. Kalvin Cummings 
Assistant Director, Religion and Spiritual Life 
Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education

Roger Gottlieb, PhD 
William B. Smith Professor 
Division of Humanities & Arts

Bwann Gwann, MBA 
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 
Division of Talent and Inclusion

Tony Laing, PhD 
Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 
Division of Talent and Inclusion

Emily Perlow, PhD 
Dean of Students 
Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services

Mimi Sheller, PhD 
Dean of The Global School

Ingrid Shockey, PhD 
Teaching Assistant Professor 
The Global School

Lauren Turner, PhD 
Sr. Vice President, Talent and Inclusion/ Chief Diversity Officer 
Division of Talent and Inclusion

We also express our gratitude to the following WPI sponsors for their support of the "Bridging Perspectives: Understanding the Roots of Antisemitism and the Middle East Conflict" series:

  • Collaborations for a Better World 
  • College Democratics
  • Division of Talent and Inclusion 
  • Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management  
  • Provost's Office 
  • The Global School