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Jewish Studies Course Development Summer Workshop

Contributed by: Deborah Lyon
Published: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 9:00 AM
May 7 -11, 2018
9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bracken Library, Room 215

The Jewish Studies Program at Ball State University
Funded by the Benjamin and Bessie Zeigler Fund, the Jewish Studies Program was established to provide the students and faculty of the university as well as the surrounding community with an understanding and an appreciation for Jewish history, Jewish culture and the Jewish faith. Specific initiatives include faculty development and course offerings in Jewish Studies; library acquisitions for the Bracken Library’s Judaica Collection; and support for programs, lectures and cultural events.

Jewish Studies Course Development Workshop
Open to all faculty and teaching graduate students, the 2018 workshop will explore how the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians evolved over time and where it stands at present. This workshop will cover the impasse between the two parties in broad historical perspective, from its origins in the late nineteenth century to the most recent diplomatic initiatives. It will present the opposed perspectives of both sides through discussion of primary sources, focusing on the major issues that separate the two parties and asking how the gap between them has narrowed or widened in recent decades.

Dr. Alan Dowty
is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. In 1963-1975 he taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, during which time he served as Chair of the Department of International Relations. He is a former President of the Association for Israel Studies and holder of the AIS-Israel Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in Israel Studies. Among his publications are basic texts on Israeli society and politics (The Jewish State: A Century Later) and on the Arab-Israel conflict (Israel/Palestine).

Library Resources
The Workshop will be held in Bracken Library, Room 215 with convenient access to library resources on Jewish subjects. Instructions in the use of pertinent library research tools will be available upon request.

Each participant in the full week’s workshop will receive $300 + required books.

Limited to 10 (regular or contract faculty or teaching graduate students). Early application is strongly advised.


Completed application must be received by Monday, April 16, 2018. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by Monday, April 23, 2018. Questions and applications should be directed to Dr. Francine Friedman Director of the Jewish Studies Project, NQ 295C, Phone: 285-8788, email:

Workshop funded by the Benjamin & Bessie Zeigler Fund and Office of the Provost.