Announcing ADC’s 2016 Palestine Panel: “The Situation Report on the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza”

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As part of the upcoming Convention, ADC will be hosting a Palestine panel session titled “The Situation Report on the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza” to provide an analysis of life in Gaza two years after the war.  The panel will include an examination of daily life, health care, education, economy, infrastructure repair (electricity, water, sewage), agriculture, industry, fishing and the ability to exit/enter Gaza.  Additionally, the panelists will discuss current obstacles to development and will review the human toll and prospects for healing (psychosocial health).

This timely and important conversation will include Dr. Brian Barber, from New America; Mr. Bill Corcoran, CEO of ANERA; and Ms. Chelsey Berlin, Director of B’tselem USA.

Register today (August 31st) to save $100 with the early bird discount! 

About the Panelists:

Brian K. Barber, Ph.D. is writing a book narrating the lives of six men and their families from the Gaza Strip who he has interviewed regularly for the past 20 years since they emerged as youth from the first Palestinian intifada in 1993. During his upcoming trip, Barber will resume his blog “Glimpses of Gaza.”  Barber is Professor of Child and Family Studies and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict at the University of Tennessee. He is editor of the 2009 Oxford University Press volume Adolescents and War: How Youth Deal with Political Conflict, and the author of dozens of scholarly articles. Since joining New America, Barber’s work has appeared in academic journals, including: The Lancet, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Science & Medicine, and Human Development.  His writings on Gaza have been published on Medium and in the New America Weekly. He has also published articles for, Informed Comment,,, and the Knoxville News Sentinel.  Barber’s work has been supported by the Jacobs Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and New America. Barber was a Jacobs Foundation Fellow at New America in 2014-15, and will be continuing his work as a New America Fellow in 2015-16.

Chelsey Berlin joined B’Tselem in July 2012. Before joining B’Tselem USA, Chelsey lived in Tel Aviv as the recipient of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. The fellowship, entailing independent study and community work, allowed Chelsey to engage directly with Jewish-Israeli society and examine its contemporary reality and challenges. Preceding Dorot, Chelsey worked for three years in Nablus at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, an American non-profit organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East. Her role in Nablus was diverse with involvement in many aspects of the organization’s operations, including program development and management, communications, and monitoring and evaluation. Chelsey has expressed her commitment to the Middle East through Arabic and Hebrew language study, participation in Seeds of Peace International Camp, yearlong study at the American University in Cairo and extensive travel throughout the region. A native of Maine, Chelsey holds a BA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University.

Bill Corcoran has been the president and CEO of ANERA since January 2007. Before joining ANERA, he had been vice president of the Child Fund International, a $300 million nonprofit serving children and their families in 32 countries. During the 1990s, Corcoran directed the Pontifical Mission for Palestine based in Jordan with projects there and in Iraq. Later, he also supervised various projects in Lebanon and Syria. Corcoran began his career in the for-profit world, with procurement & marketing management posts in major US corporations like Exide. He earned his undergraduate degree from George Washington University, holds a Master’s in Theology from Mount St. Mary University, and has a Master’s in Law from the University of Ottawa. Corcoran received a certificate in Islamic Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK.



The session will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 10:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. The ADC Convention will be held from September 29th – October 2nd, in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the Convention please visit

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