Northeastern professor Bill Miles talks about a serendipitous moment in his teaching, thanks to his participation in SIIS 2013. Listen to his Rhode Island public radio podcast here.

Fellow Testimonials

"SIIS has been an absolutely fantastic intellectual and human adventure, from Brandeis to Israel. I have learned so much and head back home with an unbelievable amount of knowledge, new ways to look at a diversity of issues, not to mention all the new sources I can use and the incredible people I have met, fellows and speakers alike."

                                               Samuel Ghiles-Meilhac
                                                 Sciences Po Paris
                                                 Political Science and History



"The Summer Institute gave me the courage and confidence to teach my first course in Modern Israeli History, which succeeded beyond my expectations. The Brandeis seminar taught me the range of major topics and debates in the field, and the unforgettable week in Israel enabled me to meet with the widest variety of experts and cultural figures. One of the most important lessons of the SIIS was that the field of Israel Studies encompasses much more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that contemporary Israeli society is even more vibrant, diverse, and complicated than I thought it was."

                                               Bruce Thompson
                                                 University of California, Santa Cruz
                                                 Jewish Studies



"As a historian, I am interested in every part of Israeli society and culture and appreciated that we looked at Israel from so many different angles. I loved the more theoretical part at Brandeis and the more ‘hands-on’ approach in Israel. The program was exceptionally well organized and structured."

                                               Maria Diemling
                                                 Canterbury Christ Church College, UK
                                                 History

"Because of my participation in the SIIS and also in the conferences we were invited to in the following years, my approach to teaching about Israel has increasingly taken into account the standpoint of Palestinians living both inside and outside of Israel. I have revised my course and all of my speaking engagements in the community to include what I feel is an objective description of the Palestine/Israel conflict and how this impacts on both societies."

                                               Martin Laskin
                                                 Southern Connecticut State University
                                                 Sociology, Jewish Studies



"SIIS was one of the most productive--if exhausting-- academic experiences in my career."

                                               Ariel Ahram
                                                 University of Oklahoma
                                                 Political Science



"Since finishing the SIIS program I have completely revamped a course on the history and politics of Israel and created another, Israel: Antiquity in Modernity. In conceptualizing this course I relied heavily upon the peer network of scholars available through the SIIS listserv. This was a tremendously valuable aid in working through ideas and approaches for the course. SIIS fellows from all years of the program's existence 'meet' virtually on the listserv to share suggestions, approaches, and ideas relating to Israel studies. I chose to focus on the creation and recreation of national history, culture, and myth as well as the shaping of "collective memory" and had very useful exchanges on these topics with other fellows on the listserv."

                                                 Sara Abosch
                                                 University of Memphis
                                                 Judaic Studies


"Stimulating faculty and travel to Israel profoundly invigorated both my teaching and scholarship. Whether one is a novice or a veteran when it comes to teaching Israel and the contemporary Middle East, this richly interdisciplinary and innovative program offers thought-provoking paradigms and crucial contexts for future exploration. I give the Institute my highest endorsement"

                                                 Ranen Omer-Sherman
                                                 University of Miami
                                                 English



"My participation in the Summer Institute increased significantly my credibility as someone with working knowledge of Israel Studies. My ability to speak decisively with grantors and other interlocutors came from the SIIS experience."

                                                 Fred Astren
                                                 San Francisco State University
                                                 Jewish Studies