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Visiting Scholars

The Schusterman Center hosts the following faculty and scholars at Brandeis in 2014:

Liora Norwich, 2014-2015
Hetian Duan, 2014-2015
Uri Bialer, Spring 2014
Tuvia Friling, 2013-2014
Yehudah Mirsky, 2012-2015
Shay Rabineau, 2013-2014
Akhmad Sahal, 2013-2014


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30th Association of Israel Studies Conference

The 30th Association of Israel Studies Conference took place June 23-25th at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The Schusterman Center was well-represented with papers presented by 17 SIIS fellows, 4 former visiting professors and post-doctoral fellows, 3 doctoral students and 5 graduates, our associate director Rachel Fish, and director and AIS vice president Ilan Troen. The topic interrogated was "Israel: Leadership & Critical Decisions."

Brandeis Offers Range of Israel Studies Courses in Fall 2014

  • Moving Images: Israeli Video Art in Context
  • Myra Kraft Seminar in Israel (for Hornstein students)
  • Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East
  • Israel: Dilemmas of Identity
  • Israeli Women Writers on War and Peace
  • The Holocaust in Israeli and Jewish Literature
  • History of the State of Israel
  • Israeli Politics in a Comparative Perspective
  • The Modern Jewish Experience

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$2500 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grants

Shuk Machaneh Yehudah

The Schusterman Center announced this year a new undergraduate travel program, the Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grant Program. On offer are competitive grants of $2500 each, awarded to undergraduates from any Brandeis department pursuing academic or career interests in Israel.

Students from all departments are encouraged to apply. Israel offers unique opportunities in science, hi-tech, the arts, social justice, archaeology and Hebrew language instruction. Check out the blog posts from our first awardees...

Deadline for Summer and Fall travel is March 1st; Winter and Spring travel, October 15th.

For more details and online application...

Podcasts of Center Events

Video from the Shoah conference now availablehere.

Ari Shavit spoke about his bestseller My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel on January 27, 2014. Click here for the video.

Program and video from "Zionism in the Twenty-First Century" conference. February 17-18, 2013.
Keynotes by Anita Shapira, Tel Aviv University and Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic.

A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism
With Daniel L. Byman, Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, in March, 2012.

David Makovsky and Gaith al-Omari spoke in September, 2011. Watch a video of the event: UN Recognition of Palestinian Statehood - A New Dawn or Another Debacle?

Sayed Kashua, celebrated author, columnist and screenwriter, was invited in the spring of 2010 to share his body of work with several Brandeis classes.
Further details and audiocast of Arab Labor screening and Q&A

Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the New York Times, spoke in 2010 about the challenges faced by a journalist covering opposing narratives.
Additional information and link to audiocast

Amos Oz, world-renowned novelist, activist and public intellectual spoke of his personal perspective on Israel in a public lecture, and discussed his novel A Tale of Love and Darkness to a group of Summer Institute for Israel Studies fellows.
Videocast of Israel: A Personal Perspective and further information about the author

Justice Richard Goldstone and respondent Ambassador Dore Gold
discussed the challenge of the U.N. Gaza Report in November 2009.
Further information and link to videocast