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Conversations with Authors Webinar Series - Fall 2020

via Zoom


Wednesday, October 14
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Yaacov Yadgarthe Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Oxford, will discuss his new book, Israel’s Jewish Identity Crisis: State and Politics in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Professor Yadgar's book is a provocative, compelling and timely study that tackles head-on the main assumptions of the foundation of Israel as a Jewish state. Register Now


Tuesday, November 10
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Jeremy Pressman
, associate professor of Political Science and director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut, will discuss his timely new book, The Sword is Not Enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force (Manchester University Press, 2020). Professor Pressman's book draws on historical evidence from the 1950s to the present and challenges the dominant belief that the use of military force leads to triumph while negotiations and concessions lead to defeat and further unwelcome challenges. In the book, the author draws on speeches, statements, and various documents to assess the usefulness of force and negotiations in the Arab and Israeli conflict. Register Now


Tuesday, November 17
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Sarah Willen
, associate professor of Anthropology and director of the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, will discuss her new book, Fighting For Dignity: Migrant Lives At Israel’s Margins (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), which received the Association for Israel Studies Award for Best Book in Israel Studies in 2019. Willen's book explores what happened when the Israeli government launched an expensive and controversial deportation campaign targeting migrants from West Africa, the Philippines, Colombia, and elsewhere. Register Now


Monday, November 23
10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
A discussion with scholars Nahshon Perez, senior lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University, and Yuval Jobani, senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University, about their new book, Governing the Sacred: Political Toleration in Five Contested Sacred Sites (Oxford University Press, 2020). The book blends politics and history with a historical-sociological analysis of holy places world-wide, including the Western Wall (Jerusalem), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem), and the Temple Mount/Haram esh-Sharif (Jerusalem). Register Now