Sign up for Israel Studies, Fall 2012

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April 24th, 2012

This fall, two outstanding visiting faculty in Israel Studies will join Boston University. Dr. Nahum Karlinsky and Dr. Abigail Jacobson will be appointed in the CAS History Department and will each teach a course that highlights his or her expertise, highlighting the breadth of a field we are excited to continue supporting at BU. Both courses count toward concentrations in History, the minor in Jewish Studies, as well as toward the concentration in the IR Africa-Middle East track.

Professor Karlinsky, who will teach “Israel: History, Politics, Culture, Identity” in the fall of 2012 (HI393 TR 9:30-11), took his B.A. from Hebrew University in 1997 and his Ph.D. from Hebrew University in 1996. He is the author of California Dreaming: Ideology, Society and Technology in the Citrus Industry of Palestine, 1890-1939, (2005) and holds regular teaching appointments in Israel (Ben Gurion University) and the United States (MIT).

Dr. Jacobson took her B.A. from Tel Aviv University in 1997 and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2006. She is the author of From Empire to Empire: Jerusalem Between Ottoman and British Rule (2011) and currently serves as a junior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. She has taught in the NYU Tel Aviv program as well as at the School for Government and International Program (RRIS), Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel. In the fall of 2012, Dr. Jacobson will serve as a visiting researcher in Israel Studies at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, and in the spring of 2013, she will offer a course on “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (HI 393).

Course information for Prof. Karlinsky’s class:

Topics in the History of Israel
CAS HI 393 (4 credits), Tues/Thurs 9:30-11 am.

Topic Fall 2012: Israel: History, Politics, Culture, Identity . The object of this course is to provide a basic understanding of modern Israeli politics, culture and identity through lectures, discussions and projects. Among the topics to be explored are: Israel’s political system and society; ethnic relations in Israel; the Arab minorities in the Jewish state; is there a unique Israeli culture?; Israeli Occupation and settlement projects; the struggle for Israel’s identity. A broad array of genres and modes of expression – not only academic writings, but also literature, popular music, film, documentaries and art – will be incorporated into our discussion.

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