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Friday, February 13 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Ben-Gurion and the Pragmatic Tradition in Israeli Politics

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While we often think of Israel as a country driven and divided by rigorous devotion to ideology, there is another tradition in which ideologies have been transformed by confronting new and especially undesirable realities. This phenomenon will be examined through reviewing Ben-Gurion’s changing relationships to borders, Diaspora Jewry, and the organization of Zionist society.


Ilan Troen

Born in Boston, Ilan Troen was educated at Brandeis, Hebrew University and Chicago. On making aliyah he joined Ben-Gurion University, became Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the BGU Research Institute, and pioneered programs in Israel Studies. He returned to Brandeis to establish the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He has authored or edited fourteen books on American, Jewish and Israeli history and is founding... Read More →

Friday February 13, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm

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