UNT to feature lecturer to discuss 60 years of wars between Israel, Arab states, Palestinians

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What: "The Wars of Israel: the Blame Game," a lecture at the University of North Texas by Dr. S. Ilan Troen, the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Professor of Israel Studies and director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

When: 3 p.m. April 28 (Monday)

Where: Wooten Hall, Room 122, located one block west of Welch and Highland streets.

Cost: Free

Contact: Nanette Behning, UNT Jewish Studies Program, (940) 369-8926 or behning@unt.edu

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas Jewish Studies Program will feature a free lecture by Dr. S. Ilan Troen, the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Chair in Israel Studies and director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. The lecture, "The Wars of Israel: the Blame Game," will be at 3 p.m. April 28 (Monday) in UNT's Wooten Hall, Room 122. Wooten Hall is located one block west of Welch and Highland streets.

Troen will discuss 60 years of wars between the State of Israel and the Arab states and Palestinians that have been conducted in the court of public opinion and in the academic world, as well as on the battlefield. He will explore the roots of the conflicting versions of the wars and conflict in the pre-1948 era, but will focus on the 1948 War of Independence, with a look at the 1967 Six-Day War and the current deadlock.

Before being hired at Brandeis, Troen served as dean of humanities and social sciences at Ben-Gurion University; director of the Ben-Gurion research center and archives in Sede Boker, Israel; and director of the Kreitman Foundation Fellowships.

Troen is also a senior associate fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Oxford University. He has been a fellow at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Mandelbaum Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney, and visiting professor of Jewish history at Indiana University.

Troen has lectured at leading universities in Europe, China, South Africa and Australia, as well as across the United States. He has served as scholar-in-residence at the Hampstead Synagogue on Long Island and as the Bnai Brith Scholar in Seattle.

The founding editor of "Israel Studies," an international journal sponsored by Brandeis University and Ben-Gurion University, Troen has authored or edited numerous books in American, Jewish and Israeli history. His most recent books are "Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement," and, with Jacob Lassner, "Jews and Muslims in the Arab World: Haunted by Pasts Real and Imagined."

Troen received his bachelor of arts degree at Brandeis University. He studied at the Hebrew College in Boston and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and received his master of arts and doctoral degrees at the University of Chicago.

Troen's lecture is sponsored by the UNT Jewish Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences, Mayborn Graduate School of Journalism, UNT Department of Journalism, UNT Department of History, UNT Hillel, the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. For more information, contact Nanette Behning, administrative assistant of the UNT Jewish Studies Program, at (940) 369-8926 or behning@unt.edu, or Dr. Richard Golden, Jewish Studies Program director, at (940) 369-8933 or rmg@unt.edu.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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