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Conversations with Authors Webinar Series

Fall 2020

The Conversations with Authors Webinar Series of outstanding new books on Israel has concluded. Recordings of all four online talks are available below for viewing.

October 14, 2020
Yaacov Yadgar, the Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Oxford, discussed 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. 
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November 10, 2020
Jeremy Pressman, associate professor of Political Science and director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut, discussed 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.
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November 17, 2020
Sarah Willen, associate professor of Anthropology and director of the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, discussed 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.
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November 23, 2020
Nahshon Perez, associate professor in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University, discussed his new book, Governing the Sacred: Political Toleration in Five Contested Sacred Sites (Oxford University Press, 2020). The book, co-written with Yuval Jobani, 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).
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