EMU to host lecture about theology, secular politics in Israel/Palestine

by Ward Mullens, Published February 02, 2009

YPSILANTI — Dr. Ilan Troen, the Stoll Family Professor in Israel Studies at Brandeis University, will present “Whose Land is It Anyway? Theology and Secular Politics in the Land of Israel/Palestine,” Thursday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., in Ballroom B of the EMU Student Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

"I can think of no more influential authority than Dr. Ilan Troen to help us understand the underpinnings of the conflict in Israel/Palestine, to help us make sense of the history that has brought us to this moment of global tension and extraordinary human suffering," said Martin B. Shichtman, professor of English at EMU.

Troen is the director of Brandeis’ Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. The Schusterman Center, established in 2007 with an initial endowment of $30 million, is the largest such center outside of Israel.

Before coming to Brandeis, Troen was the founding dean of humanities and social science at Ben-Gurion University in Israel and director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives, a national research center along the line of the an American presidential library.

He has authored and edited numerous books about American, Jewish and Israeli history. He also is the founding editor of Israel Studies (published by Indiana University Press), the leading journal in this new field.

Troen, who was born in Boston, received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

Ward Mullens

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