Photographer to Share Experience of Walking the Israel National Trail

Professional photographer Udi Goren will talk about his journey along the Israel National Trail in the Collaboratory of Allegheny College’s Pelletier Library Pelletier on Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The talk is part of International Education Week (IEW), a national initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that aims “to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” as part of an effort to “promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

The Israel National Trail stretches over 700 miles, from Israel’s Lebanese border to Eliat, a town on the Egyptian border. Goren embarked on the journey following a personal crisis resulting from the 2014 war in Gaza. It took him two-and-a-half months to complete, but “with every single step, I was falling more in love with this trail,” Goren says. His talk will share his experience of both physical and mental challenges that led him “from despair to a newly found hope.

Goren is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in California, and his works have been displayed in exhibitions as well as published by several media outlets, including the National Geographic Channel.

More information about International Education Week (IEW) can be found at https://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week. More information about Udi Goren and the talk can be found at http://www.israeltrailtalk.com.