Turning Points in Zionist History

Date(s) - 10/22/17
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


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Turning Points in Zionist History


Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Turning Points in Zionist History
From the Balfour Declaration to the Six-Day War and Beyond

The year 2017 marks the anniversaries of two critical dates in Zionist history: the 1917 Balfour Declaration marking Britain’s support for the establishment of the Jewish State, and the 1967 Six-Day War affirming Israel’s staying power.

In an important collaboration between Spertus Institute and Indiana University’s Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, four exceptional scholars from IU’s Jewish Studies faculty will spend a day in Chicago discussing these significant moments, both as they happened in history and as we see them today.


9:30-10:00 am | Registration and Coffee

10:00 am | Welcome & Introductory Remarks from Dr. Judah Cohen

10:15-11:15 am | The Balfour Declaration and its Aftermath

Dr. Judah Cohen | The Sounds of Zionism:
Composing Israel in Balfour’s Promises

Dr. Sarah Imhoff | How the Balfour Declaration Changed Everything
(and Nothing): Views from the United States

11:15-11:30 am | Break

11:30 am-12:30 pm | The Six-Day War and its Aftermath 

Dr. Noam Zadoff | Six Days and Fifty Years:
The Six-Day War as a Turning Point in the History of Zionism

Dr. Shaul Magid | State or Homeland?
Political and Religious Tensions That Arose from The Six-Day War

12:30-1:30 pm | Lunch

1:45-3:30 pm | Echoes of Diplomacy and War
How Do We Tell Zionism’s History Today?

Round Table Discussion with Q & A


Judah CohenDr. Judah Cohen is the Lou and Sybil Mervis Chair in the Study of Jewish Culture and Acting Director of the Borns Jewish Studies Program for 2017-18. He teaches courses on Exploring Jewish Identity Today; Jews and African Americans in American Musical Theatre; Music in Judaism; and American Jewish Popular Music.


Dr. Sarah ImhoffDr. Sarah Imhoff is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and Director of Graduate Studies for the Borns Jewish Studies Program. She teaches courses on Jews, Christians, and Muslims; Understanding the Rabbinic Mind; Jews and Race in the US, and Gender and Rabbinic Literature.


Dr. Shaul MagidDr. Shaul Magid is Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies. He teaches courses Nationalism and Territory in Israel/Palestine; Jewish Mysticism; Jewish Jesus from Late Antiquity to the Present; and Hasidism and Existentialism.


Dr. Noam ZadoffDr. Noam Zadoff is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and History. He teaches courses on Jewish History in (Auto)Biography; Zionism and the State of Israel; Israel and the Six-Day War; and History of Conflict as History of Emotions: The Israeli-Arab Case.



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