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The Pursuit of Harmony with Michael Hunter Ochs, Alaa Alshaham, Dr. Henrik Syse
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Conversations Series

The Pursuit of Harmony is the story of unlikely friendship, hope, and possibility.

In the spring of 2009, American songwriter, Michael Hunter Ochs, visited the Middle East for the first time. Michael happens to be Jewish. On his very first night in Ramallah he met Alaa Alshaham, an award-winning peace activist and poet. Alaa happens to be a Palestinian Muslim.

Although the two found harmony in their music and an increasing openness in their dialogue, they quickly realized that their historically divided people don’t know each other at all. They’ve been dedicated to changing this status quo ever since.

Join Tri-Faith Executive Director Wendy Goldberg for this Open Conversation with The Pursuit of Harmony’s Co-Founders, Michael Hunter Ochs and Alaa Alshaham, along with Dr. Henrik Syse, Research Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo, Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, who serves on The Pursuit of Harmony’s Advisory Committee.

Learn more about The Pursuit of Harmony at

Tri-Faith Initiative’s Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Conversation Series takes place every other Thursday at 12:00 pm CDT via Zoom.

Oct 8, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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