The Land: The Shaping of the Modern State of Israel and Its Lasting Impact on the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Sun, February 12, 2012 • 3:00 PM • Community Hall on the Dell Jewish Community Campus
A lecture by Professor Yossi Ben Artzi of Haifa University.
So many of the issues facing Israel and its Arab neighbors can be traced to the demographic and geographic history of the State of Israel. The events of the early years of settlement in Israel bear on such issues as the final borders for the State, the Palestinian question, and the attacks on Israel's legitimacy as a nation-state. Professor Yossi Ben Artzi will provide unique insights on not only Israel's history but on how that history will impact the future of the Middle East. As an academic in Israel, Professor Ben Artzi has been an ardent advocate for academic freedom for Israeli scholars seeking to teach or participate in conferences in Europe, where Israeli citizenship has become a bar to study and teaching. Professor Ben Artzi's presentation promises to be not only informative but also a reminder of the challenge of being an Israeli academic today.
The Asher Arians Memorial Lecture is dedicated to the memory of Professor Asher Arians of Haifa University and the City University of New York. Asher Arians is credited with being the founder of modern political science in Israel and was a popular commentator as well as an advisor to the Israeli government. His books and articles on Israeli politics remain the seminal works in the field. Osh, as he was known, combined his insights with a keen wit that endeared him to his many friends and colleagues. His love for the State of Israel at all times, no matter the politics of the moment, was the driving force of his life and his work.
The Asher Arians Memorial Lecture is a gift to the Austin Jewish Community from Rabbi Alan and Lori Freedman, Temple Beth Shalom, and The Shusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas and is co-sponsored by The Jewish Community Association of Austin, Congregation Agudas Achim, Congregation T'iferet Israel, and Temple Shir Ami.