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Robert Abzug, Director CLA 2.402, 305 E 23rd St B3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-475-6178

Israel Studies Collaborative

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies established the Israel Studies Collaborative in 2011. Our main mission is to advance a rigorous and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Israel.

Over the few months since the collaborative was initiated we have accomplished quite a lot:

  • Created a network of UT faculty members and graduate students who serve as our core team.
  • Sponsored and co-sponsored several lectures and events. Further, the Schusterman Center will be a co-sponsor of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies.
  • Cast a wide net of collaborative efforts with Israeli academic institutions: We already have several joint projects with the University of Haifa, and we are now in the process of cultivating our ties with the Hebrew, Tel-Aviv and Bar-Ilan Universities.                   

Our objectives for the near future are vast:

  • Consolidate a cluster of courses on Israel Studies at the undergraduate level.
  • Provide support for research and teaching initiatives of our faculty.
  • Institutionalize several events including the annual lectures in Israeli Law and Legal Studies and the annual lecture in memory of Asher Arian.
  • Expand our study abroad programs, host prominent visitors from Israel and dedicate all of our energy to becoming the main hub for Israel Studies in the southern United States.
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