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Visiting Scholars

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

Liora Norwich, 2014-2015
Guangmeng Chen, 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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Fellowships in Israel Studies at Brandeis

Doctoral Fellowships in the Graduate School for Arts & Sciences

Join an engaged, diverse and multidisciplinary intellectual community by applying for a doctoral degree focused on Israel Studies. Full and partial fellowships (up to $24,000 a year) are offered on a competitive basis to candidates accepted by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Find out more about our current and past candidates from History, Politics, Sociology, Middle East studies, Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, and Literature. More...

Post-doctoral Fellowship 2015-2016

Apply for a post-doctoral fellowship for 2015-2016 and become part of the vibrant Israel Studies scholarship at Brandeis. Fellows teach one course per semester in Israel studies, related to programs in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Israeli arts and culture, politics, sociology, economics, or other relevant disciplines. Stipend of $52,500 is offered, plus a $3,000 research & travel fund. More...
Applications are due by January 15, 2015.

Summer Institute for Faculty - SIIS 2015

June 15-29, 2015 Seminar at Brandeis
June 30-July 9, 2015 Israel Study Tour

Competitive fellowships are open to faculty members in the humanities and social sciences. 
Applications due by January 20, 2015.

  • Stipend of up to $2500, travel (from North America), accommodations and meals included
  • Engage with world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S.
  • Meet with leading personalities in public life, the academy, and the arts in Israel
  • Create a syllabus and leave equipped to teach a new course in your discipline
  • Join a community of over 225 scholars supported by a wealth of pedagogical resources, ongoing professional development and networking opportunities


New Books from the Schusterman Series in Israel Studies

New Schusterman Series books on Israeli culture and society were published this summer: Anat Helman's Becoming Israeli: National Ideals and Everyday Life in the 1950sTuvia Friling's A Jewish Kapo in Auschwitz: History, Memory, and the Politics of Survival, and Yigal Schwartz's The Zionist Paradox: Hebrew Literature & Israeli Identity. 

Anita Shapira's Israel: A History is now available in paperback and has just won the Azrieli Award for Best Book in Israel Studies (in English or French). 

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Podcasts of Center Events

Video from the Shoah conference available here.

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