March 1 symposium to focus on Diaspora communities and their homeland

WALTHAM, Mass. — The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies will present a one-day scholars’ symposium at Brandeis on Sunday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Hassenfeld Conference Center.

"At Home Abroad: Diasporas and Homelands Comparative Perspectives Workshop" will bring together scholars of Diaspora communities who will explore two main themes of common interest. The first will focus on the economic and political relationships between Diaspora communities and their homelands. The second theme will involve the ways — formal and informal — Diaspora communities educate their members about the homeland and thereby shape or reconstruct their identities.

Leading scholars presenting their research include:

  • Natan Aridan, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  • Can Erbil, Brandeis University
  • Diarmaid Ferriter, University College, Dublin and Boston College
  • Anna Ferro, Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale, Italy
  • Min Hyoung Song, Boston College
  • Charles Kadushin, Brandeis University and CUNY
  • William Miles, Northeastern University and Brown University
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, University of Southern California and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Liesl Riddle, George Washington University
  • Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University
  • Ted Sasson, Brandeis University and Middlebury College
  • Robert Savage, Boston College
  • Len Saxe, Brandeis University
  • Gabi Sheffer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Kachig Tololyan, Wesleyan University
  • Ilan Troen, Brandeis University
  • Berna Turam, Hampshire College

The workshop will also feature a lunchtime discussion with Nadav Tamir, Consul General of Israel to New England.

For the full program, please visit the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Web site.


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