Fri, 27 February 2015
Israel's Bedouin and the line between tradition and modernity
Dr. Sarab Abu Rabia-Queder, a researcher at Ben-Gurion University, specializes in the impact of higher education on Bedouin women. Herself of Bedouin origin, she talks about the nomadic people of Israel who straddle the line between tradition and modernity.
Who owns the media in Israel?
Prof. Amit Schejter, head of the Department of Communication Studies at Ben-Gurion University, recently completed a study, soon to be published, about electronic media concentration in Israel between 1984-2013.
Faith No More - Easy
Thu, 19 February 2015
What did the Crusaders ever learn from us?
Dr. Jonathan Rubin, a historian of the Medieval Levant at Tel Aviv University, talks about how the crusaders' encounters with local societies - beyond the initial indignation - led to theological, economic, and scientific developments.
Ramle remade: The Israelization of an Arab town
Dr. Danna Piroyansky, author of the recently published 'Ramle Remade: The Israelisation of an Arab Town 1948-1967,' talks about the very Israeli concept of 'mixed cities' - the result of government-sanctioned mixing of Jewish and Arab populations.
Bombino - Amidine
Fri, 13 February 2015
Dr. Ephraim Chamiel, a lecturer and scholar of Jewish thought in the modern era, talks about his book, The Middle Way: The Emergence of Modern Religious Trends in Nineteenth-Century Judaism. Which Jewish philosophers sought to harmonize modernity and tradition?
Don't mention the 'A' word
Dr. Sonja Narunsky-Laden, a research fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Johannesburg, discusses to what extent the legacy of Apartheid is evoked in the contemporary Israel-Palestine debate in South Africa.
Berry Saharof & Re'a Mochiach - Ma Lach Yechida
Fri, 6 February 2015
Portrait of the father of a nation
Prof. Anita Shapira, one of Israel's most eminent historians of Zionism, discusses her newly published biography of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's founding prime minister, with host Gilad Halpern.
Hebrew literature and the origins of Israeli malaise
Yigal Schwarz, professor of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, discusses his latest book, The Zionist Paradox: Hebrew Literature and Israeli Identity, which analyzes Israel's unique conceptualization of place through five canonical literary works.