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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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$2500 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grants

The Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grant Program awards competitive grants of $2500, to Brandeis undergraduates 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. 

Deadline for spring travel, October 15, 2014.
Deadline for summer and fall travel, March 1, 2014.

For details about the grant and an online application...

Graduate Research Awards

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies offers grants for pre-dissertation and dissertation research in Israel Studies. 

Competitive grants of $500-$1000 will be awarded to students enrolled in a doctoral or masters program at Brandeis University, so long as their research relates to the modern State of Israel. Preference will be given to third-year PhD students and those who have successfully completed their coursework.

For details and application requirements...

Deadline for winter travel: October 15, 2014

Deadline for summer travel: March 1, 2015

New Books from the Schusterman Series in Israel Studies

New Schusterman Series books on Israeli culture and society have been 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.

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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