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Cohen Brings Global Perspective to Local High School

Rabbi Michael Cohen has brought his Bennington course on Conflict Resolution to Burr & Burton Academy, a private high school in nearby Manchester, Vermont.

Burr and Burton

The Bennington Banner sat in on a recent class, where students were joined by two alumni of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, a study abroad program in the Middle East that brings Israeli and Palestinian students together to collaborate on environmental issues in the face of political conflict.

"Both sides are traumatized, and the trouble with them recognizing the trauma of the other is that both sides caused the trauma to that other side," Cohen told the Banner. "That's the catch that both sides are in, because they have to ask really hard questions of themselves."