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Simon Lichman

Simon Lichman, who holds a PhD in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, is an internationally recognized activist, scholar, and poet. As director of the Center for Creativity in Education and Cultural Heritage in Jerusalem, Israel, he has designed and implemented the Traditional Creativity in School Communities Project, which uses folklore to give Arab and Jewish children, parents, grandparents, and teachers opportunities to interact in dynamic, creative settings, thereby to come to understand each others ways of life, hopes, and dreams of the future. He has lectured on the use of folklore in multicultural education and co-existence work at the David Yellin Teachers’ Training Seminar in Jerusalem, and on the applications of folklore in education, medieval drama, ritual drama, cultural anthropology and creative writing at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A member of Penn International, he has chaired the Israel Association of Writers in English. His own collection of poetry is entitled Snatched Days.

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