Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel
Lecture & Book-signing by Professor Anita ShapiraAnita Shapira

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
4:00 p.m.
Reading Room, third floor
Mandel Center for the Humanities

Open to the public. Refreshments served.
Registration recommended.

Opening Remarks:
Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

Reflections on Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel:
Anita Shapira, professor emerita in Jewish History and founder of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies at Tel Aviv University. Her book Israel: A History, called "a definitive history of Israel for our time" received the National Jewish Book Award in 2012. In 2008 Shapira was awarded the Israel Prize for Jewish History. In Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel, Shapira writes "Ben-Gurion liked to argue that history is made by the masses, not individuals. But just as Lenin brought the Bolshevik Revolution into the world and Churchill delivered a fighting Britain, so with Ben-Gurion and the Jewish state."

Q&A with audience will be followed by book-signing. Both books will be available for purchase.

Anita Shapira is Professor Emerita in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University and founder of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies. She specializes in the history of Zionism, the Jewish community in Palestine and the state of Israel, with an emphasis on cultural, social and intellectual history. She has published numerous books and articles, among them Berl Katznelson, A Biography of a Socialist Zionist (1984), Land and Power, The Zionist Resort to Force, 1881-1948 (1992), and Yigal Allon, Native Son (2008). Her recent book, Israel: A History, received the National Jewish Book Award for History in 2012. She has received numerous academic and professional awards and fellowships from Israeli and foreign universities, including Yale, Brandeis, City University of New York, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, the Oxford Center for Jewish Studies, Columbia University and others. She is the 2008 Israel Prize for Jewish History laureate. She received her B.A. and M.A., cum laude, and Ph.D., summa cum laude, in History and Jewish History from Tel Aviv University.