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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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Apply for the Summer Institute for Israel Studies

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

Competitive fellowships 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 - teaching at nearly 200 institutions worldwide - supported by a wealth of pedagogical resources, ongoing professional development and networking opportunities

For further information...

Q&A with Richard Cohen

Author of "Israel: Is it Good for the Jews?"

Thursday, November 20
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.
Books available for purchase.

Join Shai Feldman and Ilan Troen for a "Davos-style" discussion with Richard Cohen about his new book Israel: Is it Good for the Jews? Richard Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, where he has covered national politics and foreign affairs since 1976. Shai Feldman is Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center and Professor of Politics. Ilan Troen is Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

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 1950s, and Tuvia Friling's A Jewish Kapo in Auschwitz: History, Memory, and the Politics of Survival.

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