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Symposium examines Israel's past and future

Posted 05/05/98

A panel of discussants familiar with both the Israeli and American-Jewish perspectives on Israel will address the topic, "Israel at 50: Personal Reflections" on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hinman Forum of Rockefeller Center. The event is free and open to the public.

A chief question, says symposium moderator Lewis Glinert, Dartmouth professor of Asian and Middle Eastern languages and literature, is what Israel means to American Jews. "Most American Jews discovered Zionism after the six-day war, and during the Nixon and Reagan era, American Jews felt very attached to Zionism," he said. "Maybe that was a blip."

The panelists will be:

Bernard Avishai, visiting professor of political thought, Adelphi University, who has been writing about Israel for 25 years for both the scholarly and popular press, including the book A New Israel: Democracy in Crisis, 1973-1988 (Ticknor and Fields, 1990) and a 1996 New Yorker magazine article titled "Israel vs. Israel";

Sidra Ezrahi, associate professor of comparative literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a peace activist and writer whose works include the book By Words Alone: The Holocaust in Literature (University of Chicago Press, 1982) and numerous articles for the popular and scholarly press;

Danny Rubinstein, an editorial writer for Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper specializing on Arab affairs and the West Bank towns, author of the book The Mystery of Arafat (Steerforth Press, 1995) and a professor in the Middle East department of Ben Gurion University in BeerSheva, Israel; and

Dov Zakheim, former U.S. deputy under secretary of defense, and currently vice president of a Virginia-based high-tech firm as well as a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, an adjunct scholar of the Heritage Foundation, a senior associate of the Center for International and Strategic Studies and a frequent writer and commentator for the national media.

The event is part of a continuing effort at Dartmouth to increase programs, courses and research in the area of Jewish life and Jewish and Hebraic studies. These efforts include the opening of the seven-month-old Roth Center for Jewish Life, the addition of two chairs in Jewish and Hebraic studies and the recent creation of a Jewish Studies program.

The event is being sponsored by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. Named for Dartmouth's 12th president and inaugurated by Dartmouth's trustees in 1982, the Dickey Center works to enhance the international dimension of a range of Dartmouth activities, including faculty research, opportunities for students, and public programming.

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