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Esalen e-Zine Vol. II Contributor Bios

Esalen e-Zine Vol. II Contributor Bios

Mohammed Dajani Daoudi

Mohammed Dajani Daoudi, A Jerusalem-born scholar who holds two doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, (1981) and the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, (1984). Daoudi is founding director of Wasatia, a Moderate Islamic Movement in Palestine; professor of political science and founding director of American Studies Center at Al-Quds University; member, Board of Directors, YMCA- Jerusalem; founding director, Jerusalem Studies and Research Institute.

Marc Gopin

Marc Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, and the Director of the Center on Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Gila Leiter

Gila Leiter is Physician/Assistant Clinical Professor, Departments of Neurology & Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. Leiter works with Sharsheret, an organization serving families coping with breast cancer, and lectures on such topics as infertility and Jewish Law. She is also a member at Davar Institute—a think tank for modern Jewish-orthodox issues regarding women’s rights, Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation, history and memory to name only a few.

Rabbi Dov Linzer

Rabbi Dov Linzer, Rosh HaYeshiva (Head of the Religious School) and Dean of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, an Orthodox smicha training ordination program. Linzer has published Halakha and machshava (Jewish Thought) articles in Torah journals and lectures widely on topics relating to Halakha, Orthodoxy, and the challenges of reconciling modernity and tradition.

Joe Montville

Joe Montville directs the Esalen TRACK II Abrahamic Family Reunion/International Abrahamic Forum projects and George Mason University's Toward the Peace of Jerusalem project. In 2008, the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) gave Montville its Nevitt Sanford Award for “distinguished professional contribution to political psychology” at its Paris conference.  He may be contacted at

Dulce Murphy

Dulce Murphy is a founder, and previously Director, of the Esalen Institute Soviet American Exchange Program. She has worked for or with Esalen since 1970. Currently she is President and Executive Director of TRACK TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy that co-sponsors the International Abrahamic Network project with Esalen's Center for Theory & Research. 

Kim Spencer

Kim Spencer is founder of LinkTV, the independent satellite network devoted to global affairs, and Senior Programming Executive at KCETLink. More than 5,000 videos are streamed at Spencer is also Executive Producer of KCETLink’s original productions Earth Focus, Bridge to Iran and the Peabody Award-winning news program Mosaic: World News from the Middle East. 


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