The Teaching of Israel in the Academy

spring symposium

A Summer Institute for Israel Studies Symposium

April 19, 2015
Brandeis University

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies hosted a scholars symposium April 19th, 2015 about the challenges and opportunities of teaching Israel on college campuses in North America and around the world. Keynote speakers included Jeffrey Herf and Shibley Telhami from the University of Maryland. Alumni of the Summer Institute for Israel Studies presented their experience of teaching Israel Studies in multiple disciplines and diverse institutions. 

Conference Chair: Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Conference Coordinator: Rachel Fish, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

The symposium was cosponsored by the Israel Institute.


Click play to view the plenary session on "Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict"

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Welcome and Keynote

Welcome: Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Keynote: “Anti-Zionism and International Politics: The Nazi and Communist Variations and their Contemporary Echoes”
Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished University Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland

Plenary Session

"Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict"

Moderator: Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

“Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East”
Shai Feldman, Judy and Sidney Swartz Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics, Brandeis University

“Teaching the Complexity of the American Role in the Arab-Israeli Conflict”
Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

“Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Striving for ‘Balance’?”
Robert Barnidge (SIIS 2012), Lecturer and Coordinator of International Relations, Department of History, Politics & International Relations, Webster University

“A War of Many Names: 1948 as a Pedagogical Challenge”
Bruce Thompson (SIIS 2012), Lecturer in History, University of California, Santa Cruz 

Parallel Sessions

SIIS Presentations on Teaching Israel: Politics, Holocaust, Film and Methods

“Teaching Israeli Society: Politics and Religion”

Moderator: Yehudah Mirsky, Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

“Right Now, in a Galaxy Far Far Away: Helping Secular Apolitical Millennials Understand Politics and Religion in Israel”
Bruce Phillips (SIIS 2012), Professor of Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles and Senior Research Fellow, Center for Religion & Civic Culture at the University of Southern California

“Teaching about Israel’s Declaration of Independence”
Terri Susan Fine (SIIS 2006), Professor of Political Science, University of Central Florida

“Moving Beyond the Conflict: Alternative Conceptions of Teaching Israeli Politics”
Csaba Nikolenyi (SIIS 2011), Professor, Department of Political Science and Director, Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Concordia University 

“Teaching about Israel in Small Liberal Arts Colleges: Challenges and Opportunities”
Mahmoud Hamad (SIIS 2008), Associate Professor of Political Science, Drake University 

“Rhetoric of the Holocaust and the Teaching of Israel”

Moderator: Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished University Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland

“The Idea of Israel in the Holocaust”
Alexis Pogorelskin (SIIS 2010), Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota-Duluth

“The Plain(s) Truth: Teaching the Shoah and Israel in the Upper Midwest”
Sonja Wentling (SIIS 2013), Associate Professor of History and Global Studies, Concordia College

“Integrating Film and Culture in the Teaching of Israel”

Moderator: Gannit Ankori, Chair in Israeli Art at the Department of Fine Arts and Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; Professor of Art History & Theory; Head of the Division of Creative Arts, Brandeis University

“The Dilemma of Subtitles in Current Israeli Feature Films”
Uta Larkey (SIIS 2010), Associate Professor of German, Goucher College

“Dialogic Teaching of Israeli Film and Culture”
Phillip Hollander (SIIS 2007), Assistant Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

“Challenges of Memory and Israeli Film: The Case of Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir
Eric Tuten (SIIS 2006), Assistant Professor of History, Slippery Rock University

“Israel in Film and Ethnography: Pedagogic Challenges”
Morrie Fred (SIIS 2012), Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago 

“Varieties of Teaching Israel”

Moderator: Rachel Fish, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

“Teaching Israel as a Critical Thinking Discourse”
Ashley Passmore (SIIS 2014) Instructional Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies, University of Texas A&M

“Israel for Beginners: Teaching Israeli Politics to the Mildly Curious”
Alan Holiman (SIIS 2007), Professor of Political Science, William Jewell College

“Teaching Eretz Israel Min Hathhala (Teaching Israel to the Real Beginner!)”
Julia Lieberman (SIIS 2006), Professor of Spanish & International Studies, St. Louis University

“Israel Studies on the Periphery: Developing and Teaching the History of Modern Israel at a Southern Regional University
Russel Lemmons (SIIS 2008), Distinguished Professor of History, Jacksonville State University

“Israel Studies Through Literature: An Entry-Level Interdisciplinary Approach”
Marilyn Tayler (SIIS 2008), Professor and Coordinator, Jurisprudence Program, Montclair State University

Plenary Session

"Countering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement"

Plenary Session: “Confronting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement”
Moderator: Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

“BDS, Anti-Semitism, and the Troubling Case of the Modern Language Association”
Martin Shichtman (SIIS 2006), Professor of English Language and Literature and Director of Jewish Studies at Eastern Michigan University

“BDS in Theory: The Thought of Boycotts”
Gabi Brahm (SIIS 2008), Associate Professor of English, Northern Michigan University

“The Challenge of BDS: Where Do We Go From Here?”
Cary Nelson (SIIS 2014), Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Dinner Keynote

"Changing American Public Attitudes Toward Israel"

Keynote: "Changing American Public Attitudes Toward Israel"

Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution



Gannit Ankori is Head of the Division of Creative Arts at Brandeis University. She is Professor of Art History & Theory and Chair in Israeli Art at the Department of Fine Arts and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Dr. Ankori has published extensively in the field of Israeli and Palestinian art, with special emphasis on issues pertaining to gender, nationalism, religion, trauma, exile, hybridity and their manifestations in art and film. Her book, Palestinian Art (Reaktion Books, London, 2006) was awarded a “Polonsky Prize for Originality and Creativity in the Humanistic Disciplines” in 2007. She has curated several exhibitions of Israeli and Palestinian artists, among them "Home" (1997) with Jack Persekian at Gallery Anadiel, Jerusalem and "Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean" (2012) with Dabney Hailey at the Rose Art Museum.
She is currently working on a series of exhibitions of Israeli video art. Gannit has also published three books and numerous articles on the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, among them her 2013 book Frida Kahlo that is part of Reaktion Book's acclaimed 'critical lives' series; her 2002 Imaging Her Selves: Frida Kahlo’s Poetics of Identity and Fragmentation; and a major catalogue essay for the Kahlo retrospective at Tate Modern, London (2005). Before coming to Brandeis, she served as the Henya Sharef Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of Art History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Robert Barnidge is Lecturer and Coordinator of International Relations, Department of History, Politics, and International Relations, Webster University. Prior to arriving at Webster, Dr. Barnidge was an Associate Professor, Assistant Dean (Continuing and Executive Education), and Executive Director, Centre for International Legal Studies, (July-December 2013) and honorary visiting fellow (January-June 2013) at OP Jindal Global University in India. Prior to Jindal, Dr. Barnidge was a Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Reading (2007-2012), where he taught international law-related modules on the LL.B. and LL.M. programs and supervised LL.B., LL.M., and Ph.D. dissertations. His current book project is entitled: "Self-Determination, Statehood, and the Law of Negotiation: The Case of Palestine" (Hart/Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2015).

Gabriel Noah Brahm is currently a Visiting Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (in The School of Philosophy and Religions) and Associate Professor of English at Northern Michigan University, where he offers courses on Israeli literature several times each year. Dr. Brahm is a member of the Working Group on BDS at Israel's Institute for National Security Studies, and co-editor (with Cary Nelson) of The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel; he has travelled extensively since that book's publication (in late 2014) to speak against BDS in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Europe, and Israel. He is the film critic at Fathom (a British journal of Israel affairs), and a research fellow at Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. His published work on literature and politics has appeared in Canadian Review of Comparative LiteratureCritical Studies in Media CommunicationDemocratiyaNineteenth-Century LiteraturePoetics TodayRethinking History, and elsewhere. He is co-editor of the cultural studies anthology, Prosthetic Territories: Politics and Hypertechnologies, and serves as an Associate Editor for the journal, Politics & Culture. His book The Jester and the Sages: Mark Twain in Conversation with Nietzsche, Freud, and Marx (co-authored with Forrest G. Robinson), was published in 2011.

Shai Feldman is the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics at Brandeis University. Professor Feldman is also a Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute in London. In 1997-2005, he was Head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and in 2001-2003, he served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Professor Feldman is the author of numerous publications, including Israeli Nuclear Deterrence: A Strategy for the 1980s (New York: Columbia University Press, 1982); The Future of U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation (Washington D.C.: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 1996); Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control in the Middle East (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1997); Bridging the Gap:  A Future Security Architecture for the Middle East (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997 – with Abdullah Toukan (Jordan); and, Track-II Diplomacy: Lessons from the Middle East (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003 – with Hussein Agha, Ahmad Khalidi, and Zeev Schiff).  His new book (with Abdel Monem Said Aly and Khalil Shikaki), Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East, was published in December 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Terri Susan Fine is Professor of Political Science at University of Central Florida where she also serves as Associate Director of the Lou Frey Institute and Content Specialist for the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. She has received 10 teaching awards and five service awards through UCF and professional and community organizations. She is active training teachers through the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship and the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. Her publications have appeared in several academic journals and as chapters in books. Her research focuses on minorities in politics, broadly defined, within the context of public opinion, voting, elections and voting systems.

Rachel Fish is Associate Director of the Schusterman Center. She recently completed her doctoral degree in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department at Brandeis University. Her dissertation, "Configurations of Bi-nationalism: The Transformation of Bi-nationalism in Palestine/Israel 1920's-Present," examines the history of the idea of bi-nationalism and alternative visions for constructing the State of Israel. Dr. Fish has worked as an educator and consultant in various capacities in the Jewish community and higher education, teaching about Zionism and Israeli history at Brandeis University, UMASS Amherst and the Me’ah Adult Jewish Education program. At Brandeis she teaches the Myra Kraft Seminar on Israel at the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. In 2015 she also holds the Rohr Visiting Professorship at Harvard University, lecturing on modern Israel.

Morris Fred, a Senior Lecturer in MAPSS at the University of Chicago, received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. He has previously taught at Stockholm University and has conducted research in Taiwan, Sweden, the United States, and Israel. Before coming to the University of Chicago, he served as Director of Spertus Museum in Chicago and was Senior Policy Analyst at Equip for Equality, an Illinois organization that advocates for the legal and civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Since he began teaching at the University of Chicago in 1997, he has taught the following seminars related to his research interests: the Anthropology of Museums, the Anthropology of Dis/ability, Israel in Film and Ethnography, Ethnographic Methods, and American Legal Culture. He also serves on the Social & Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board, most recently as its Vice-Chair.

Mahmoud Hamad joined the Department of Political Science at Drake University in 2008. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at The University of Utah and his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Cairo University, Egypt. His teaching and research interests focus on Middle East politics, comparative judicial politics, civil-military relations as well as religion and politics. Prior to coming to Des Moines, Dr. Hamad taught at Cairo University, BYU, and the University of Utah and was a Fulbright scholar twice during his graduate study. He is the editor of Elections and Democratization in the Middle East: The Tenacious Search for Freedom, Justice, and Dignity (Palgrave, 2014) and is author of Generals and Judges in the making of Modern Egypt (in progress).

Jeffrey Herf is Distinguished University Professor at the Department of History, University of Maryland. He studies the intersection of ideas and politics in modern European history, specializing in twentieth century Germany. He has published extensively on Germany during the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and on West and East Germany during the Cold War. In 2006, Harvard University Press published his book The Jewish Enemy:  Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust. It received the National Jewish Book Award in 2006 for work on the Holocaust. In 2009, Yale University Press published his book Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World. It examines the Third Reich's efforts to diffuse its ideology to North Africa and the Middle East during World War II. It is the recipient of the German Studies Association 2011 Sybil Halpern Milton prize and the 2010 Washington Institute for Near East Policy bronze book prize for work on the modern Middle East. His work in progress is At War with Israel: East Germany and the West German radical left from the 1960s to 1989.

Alan Holiman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. A specialist in Comparative Politics, specializing in Russian domestic politics, he became an SIIS Fellow in 2006 and a convert to Israel studies. He now regularly teaches a course on Israeli domestic politics. A recipient of the 2010 Spencer Foundation Research Fellowship, Professor Holiman spent a semester in Russia conducting field research for a book, entitled Terrorism, the State, and Civil Society: The Human Face of Terrorism in Putin’s Russia. In 2012 he received the Carl F. Willard Distinguished Teacher Award from the faculty of William Jewell College.

Phillip Hollander is Assistant Professor of Israel Literature and Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A scholar of Israeli literature and culture, Philip Hollander has published articles in journals such as Hebrew StudiesIsrael StudiesProoftexts, and AJS Review, and is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled From Schlemiel to Sabra: Contested Masculinity in Early Twentieth Century Palestinian Hebrew Culture. He has taught a variety of courses in Israeli literature, film, and culture, in both Hebrew and English, at both public and private institutions. 

Uta Larkey is Associate Professor of German at Goucher College. She contributed as a Scholar-in-residence to the project “Families, Children and the Holocaust” at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, at Brandeis University. She was a Fellow-in-residence at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at USHMM in the Spring of 2013, working on her latest research project Narrating Horror: Language and Identity in Early Postwar German-Language Interviews and Testimonies. This project examines testimonies given by Jewish survivors in DP camps to the Central Historical Commission in the U.S. Zone. Dr. Larkey’s co-authored book Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Jewish Family's Untold Story, was released by Cambridge University Press in 2011. Its translation into Portuguese was published two years later in Brazil. Dr. Larkey is also the author of several articles including “Transcending Memory: The Third Generation” and “Multilingualism in Contemporary Israeli Film,” which was published in German.

Russel Lemmons is Distinguished Professor of History at Jacksonville State University. He graduated from Franklin College (B.A., cum laude, 1984) and Miami University (M.A., 1986); (Ph.D., 1991). He also studied for a year (1988-1989) at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he was a Fulbright Fellow. Recently he published Hitler's Rival: Ernst Thälmann in Myth and Memory. Dr. Lemmons also authored the book Goebbels and "DER ANGRIFF  (University Press of Kentucky, 1994), and was a contributing writer for the Holocaust Chronicle; he has published several articles and reviews in scholarly and popular journals. Dr. Lemmons teaches courses on modern Germany, modern Russia, the Cold War, modern China, modern Israel, and intellectual history.

Julia Lieberman is a Professor at Saint Louis University, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Core Faculty at the Center for Intercultural Studies. She teaches courses in Spanish language and literature as well as cultural studies courses on the Jews of Spain before and after the expulsion of 1492; Medieval and Renaissance Spanish Muslim, Jewish and Christian Mystics; Jewish Social Justice in the US; and Israeli Culture. Her area of research is Sephardi Studies. Among her recent publications is the book Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Period (Brandeis University Press 2011). She is currently writing a book tentatively titled From Tzedakah (Charity) to Philanthropy: How the London Spanish-Portuguese Sephardi Community Took Care of Its Poor in the 18th Century.

Yehudah Mirsky is Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University since 2012. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva College and received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, and completed his Ph.D. in Religion at Harvard. He worked in Washington as an aide to then-Senators Bob Kerrey and Al Gore, and at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and served in the Clinton administration as special advisor in the US State Department's human rights bureau. From 2002-2012 he lived in Israel and was a fellow at the Van Leer Institute and Jewish People Policy Institute. He has written widely on politics, theology and culture for a number of publications including The New Republic and The Economist, and he is on the editorial board of Eretz Acheret, an Israeli bimonthly of poliics and culture. After the attacks of September 11 he served as a volunteer chaplain for the Red Cross. He is a member of the board of Ha-Tenuah Ya-Yerushalmit, the movement for a pluralist and livable Jerusalem. He is the author of the widely-acclaimed volume, Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale University Press).

Cary Nelson teaches modern poetry, including Holocaust Poetry, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences. He served as president of the American Association of University Professors from 2006-2012 and is currently co-chair of the Alliance for Academic Freedom, a group that promotes a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is the author or editor of 30 books and the author of over 250 articles including The Incarnate Word: Literature as Verbal Space (1973), Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture (1987), Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities (1994), Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left (2001), No University is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom (2010) and The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel (2014).

Csaba Nikolenyi is Professor of Politics and Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2000 and was hired by Concordia University the same year. His research focuses on the comparative study of political parties, electoral systems and legislatures in post-communist democracies as well as on the political systems of Israel and India. He was former English Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (2006-2011). He served as Code Administrator in the Faculty of Arts and Science between 2009 and 2011 and as Chair of the Department of Political Science between 2011 and 2014. Dr. Nikolenyi has published extensively in comparative politics journals and has authored two books. He was a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007-2008), the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University (2012) and Science PO, Grenoble. He is a recipient of a Lady Davis Visiting Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the 2015-16 academic year.

Ashley Passmore is an Instructional Assistant Professor, in the Department of International Studies at University of Texas A&M. Her dissertation, "Blut unsrer Väter: Evolutionary Theory and Austrian Jewish Literature of 1900" (University of Chicago) was awarded with the Best Dissertation of the Year award by the ÖGG (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Germanisten) in 2008. In 2004, along with Kevin Anderson, she published The Rosa Luxemburg Reader (Monthly Review Press). In 2011 she received an award from YIVO and the Foundation for Jewish Culture to work on a translation of the Yiddish poetry on Vienna and Israel by writer and journalist Yehuda Leyb Teler.  

Bruce A. Phillips is Professor of Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles and Senior Research Fellow, Center for Religion & Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He teaches a course on society and culture in Israel in the Middle East Studies Program and is one of the leading researchers in the demography and sociology of American Jewry. His published work covers a wide variety of topics from Iranians and Israelis in the United States to Jewish suburbanization, Jewish education, the economics of Jewish life, and intermarriage. His most recent publications are “The Geography of American Jewish Intermarriage,” “New Demographic Approaches to the Study of Jewish Intermarriage,” and a book manuscript in progress on American Jewish intermarriage. His current research projects include the impact of migration and community size on the Jewish affiliations of new migrants, multi-racial studies as a lens for understanding Jews of mixed parentage, applying economic models to understanding intermarriage, and a demographic-historical study of race and place in Los Angeles, 1920-1930.

Alexis Pogorelskin is Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota-Duluth and editor of the refereed journal, The NEP Era, Soviet History, 1921-1928.  She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal The Space Between, Literature and Culture, 1914-1945.  Formerly Rhodes Visiting Fellow, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, Dr. Pogorelskin was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow) in 2010 and has contributed numerous publications to the field of Slavic Studies. She has taught all areas of Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet history. Her courses have included ones on Soviet cinema as well as Russian literature of the Soviet period. Her interests also extend to 20th century Europe. She teaches a course on that subject and is writing a novel about FDR on the eve of the Second World War. Dr. Pogorelskin is currently at work on a book on the MGM feature film of 1940, The Mortal Storm, under contract with Northwestern University Press.

Martin B. Shichtman is Professor of English Language and Literature and Director of Jewish Studies at Eastern Michigan University. Professor Shichtman has been a fellow at Brandeis University’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies (2006) and participated in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Seminar on Literature and the Holocaust (2003). His publications include Cinematic Illuminations: The Middle Ages on Film (Johns Hopkins UP, 2009), King Arthur and the Myth of History (Florida UP, 2003), Culture and the King: The Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend (SUNY, 1994), and Medieval Texts and Contemporary Readers (Cornell, 1987). As a member of MLA’s Delegate Assembly he became very involved in the struggle against BDS.

Marilyn R. Tayler is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she also serves as Coordinator of the Jurisprudence and Pre-Law Studies programs. She is the author or editor of more than 45 articles, books and other writing and has presented her research at international, national and regional conferences. She has been recognized as University Distinguished Teacher and Advisor. She developed and teaches a course in Comparative Legal Systems of Israel and the United States. Her research in recent years, focusing upon the application of the interdisciplinary research process to Israel Studies, has resulted in three publications: “The Transformation from Multidisciplinarity to Interdisciplinarity: A Case Study of a Course Involving the Status of Arab Citizens of Israel,” Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, No. 32 (2014); “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Literature in Israel Studies,” Integrative Pathways, Vol 36, No. 4 (December 2014); and “Jewish Marriage as an Expression of Israel’s Conflicted Identity” in Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research (Allen Repko, William Newell and Rick Szostak, editors, Sage 2012).

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East, was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003. In addition, his most recent book, The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East, was published in 2013. Telhami was selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York along with the New York Times as one of the "Great Immigrants" for 2013. Telhami is a recipient of the Excellence in Public Service Award, awarded by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in 2006, and the University of Maryland’s Honors College 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award.

Bruce Thompson is Lecturer in History, University of California, Santa Cruz. He has been teaching European and Jewish intellectual history at the University of California, Santa Cruz since 1991. Dr. Thompson co-edited (with Murray Baumgarten and Peter Kenez) Varieties of Antisemitism: History, Ideology, Discourse (2009), and is currently preparing a volume based on the diaries (1935-2000) of the distinguished historian of Europe, Gordon A. Craig. He has also edited or co-edited several volumes of essays: Critical History: The Career of Ian Watt (2000); The Literal Imagination: Selected Essays by Ian Watt (2003); Tact and Intelligence: Essays on Diplomatic History and International Relations by Gordon A. Craig (2007); and Knowledge and Power: Essays on Politics, Culture and War by Gordon A. Craig (2012).

Ilan Troen is the Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. Before joining Brandeis, he served as director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives in Sede Boker, Israel, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University. He has authored or edited numerous books in American, Jewish and Israeli history. He is also the founding editor of Israel Studies (Indiana University Press), an international journal that publishes three issues annually on behalf of Brandeis and Ben-Gurion University. His book publications include Jewish Centers and Peripheries: European Jewry Between America and Israel 50 Years after World War II (1998); The Americanization of Israel (2001), with Glenda Abramson; Divergent Jewish Cultures: Israel and America (2001), with Deborah Dash-Moore; Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement (2003); with Jacob Lassner, Jews and Muslims in the Arab World; Haunted by Pasts Real and Imagined (2007); with Maoz Azaryahu, Tel Aviv: The First Century; Visions, Designs and Actualities (2011); and with Donna Divine, Zionism in the Twenty-First Century (2014).

Eric Tuten is Assistant Professor of History at Slippery Rock University. His specialty is modern Middle East history, with an emphasis on the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also teaches Jewish history and modern World history. His research interests include: Land tenure in the Middle East and Palestine/Israel; and nationalism in the Middle East, particularly Zionism and Palestinian Arab nationalism. Related to his work, Dr. Tuten has visited Egypt, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, and England. During his six-month stay in Iraq (2005) he was working for the US government. Dr. Tuten's book, Between Capital and Land: The Jewish National Fund's Finances and Land-Purchase Priorities in Palestine, 1939-1945, was published in 2005 by RoutledgeCurzon as part of its Israeli History, Politics and Society series.

Sonja Wentling is an Associate Professor of History and Global Studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She teaches courses in U.S. Foreign Policy, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 20th Century World History, and Islam and the West. Her publications have focused on the role of Zionism in U.S. foreign policy, the collaboration between governmental and Jewish relief efforts in interwar Eastern Europe, and the evolution of U.S. bipartisan support for Israel. (Medoff/Wentling, Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the Jewish Vote and Bipartisan Support for Israel, was published by the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, 2012). She is currently working on an article titled "A Tale of Hope and Darkness in the Shatterzone of Empires: Ukrainian-Jewish relations in Khmelnytsk, Ukraine, 1919.”