Duke students are using untold stories to explore Israeli culture
Shore Undergraduate Research Fellows, Andrew Carlins (’21) and Grant Besner (’19), have created an exciting project focusing on podcasts that share untold stories in Israel. Their website, Is(That)Raeli? explores Israeli culture through these voices. Besner and Carlins spent 10 weeks interviewing Israelis from all walks of life, from an Eritrean asylum seeker to the American-Israeli former spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces, painting a much more nuanced, much more human portrait of a place for which conventional language is insufficient to describe its complexities. By helping Israelis tell their stories, it is their hope that their listeners will be able to learn to view macroscopic issues through another’s eyes.