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Susquehanna Hosts Middle East Politics Expert

Published on April 2, 2014

Nadav Shelef, assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will discuss politics and nationalism in the Middle East during a free, public lecture at Susquehanna University.Nadav Shelef He will present his lecture at 7 p.m. April 9 in the Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms of the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. The lecture will examine the geographic, religious and ethnic definitions of the state of Israel and the nature of Middle Eastern nationalisms.

Shelef is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff assistant professor of modern Israel studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he teaches and studies nationalism, religion and politics; Israeli politics and society; and Middle East politics. His current research focuses on understanding how homelands change and the religious moderation of governments.

Shelef’s book, “Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity, and Religion in Israel,” was published by Cornell University Press in 2010. It observes the developments of Israel as a nation-state through 80 years of Zionist-Israeli discourse.

This event is sponsored by Susquehanna University’s Jewish Studies and Holocaust-Genocide Studies programs; the departments of Political Science, History, Sociology, Anthropology and Religious Studies; and the Center for Jewish Life. It is presented in support of conversations about diversity, equality and social justice on Susquehanna’s campus.

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