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Visiting Scholars

The Schusterman Center has invited the following faculty and scholars to Brandeis this academic year:

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


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The Shoah in Israeli Culture, Memory and Politics

Sunday and Monday, April 27-28, 2014
Sherman Hall
and Levin Ballroom

Free and open to the public. Registration recommended.
Click here for online registration form.
Refreshments served.

We invite you to attend our conference, "The Shoah in Israeli Culture, Memory, and Politics," taking place over Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). The topic of Israel and the Shoah is not well understood, and this is a particularly meaningful opportunity to share how the subject may be treated.

The conference opens at 12:30 pm on Sunday with a videotaped message from Professor Elie Wiesel, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and University Professor. The author of Night and over 60 fiction and non-fiction books, Professor Wiesel is also the 1986 Nobel Peace Laureate. 

The keynote speaker is Professor Dan Michman, Modern Jewish History Professor and Chair of the Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University; Head of the International Institute of Holocaust Research and John Najmann Chair in Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.  

For the full program, click here.

Cosponsored by the Israel Institute and the Center for German and European Studies.

Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution

Yehudah MirskyRav Kook cover

Reception and Book Signing
Thursday, May 1st
Mandel Forum, Mandel Center for the Humanities

Free and open to the public.
Refreshments served.

Yehudah Mirsky is Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. His book, recently published by Yale University Press, has been called "Learned, luminous and uncannily timely..." by the Jewish Review of Books. The reception will include reflections by Eugene Sheppard, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought at Brandeis and Alexander Kaye, Tikvah Post-Doctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought at Princeton University.

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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 1, 2014. 

For more details and online application...

Podcasts of Center Events

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