Yep, I'm kind of a big deal.

I had a hint Prof. Edy Kaufman of the University of Haifa and the University of Maryland was going to be an extremely helpful contact. I’d read one of the many pieces on conflict resolution he had co-written with Prof. Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to the United Kingdom. I knew he had founded several important groups, and was now the principal investigator for the Center for International Development and Conflict Management. I did not know, however, that he would bring his Blackberry and be so generous with contacts as well as observations about my project. Also happily, the first person he mentioned at Hebrew University for me to contact was Professor Zvi Bekerman, who will be my advisor! So many thanks to the Fulbright folks and to Prof. Jim Greenberg for asking Prof. Kaufman to meet with me.

This evening we had a lovely farewell dinner and were given our Fulbright pins. Tonight will be my last night in the United States for a year; tomorrow night I will be over the Atlantic Ocean.