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Zionism: Ancient Dream or Modern Revolution

Join the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies for this year's Karen and Pace Robinson Lecture series on the history of Zionism. The first lecture in the series is Zionism: Ancient Dream or Modern Revolution by Professor Joshua Shanes.

Zionism - like all forms of modern Judaism - considers itself an obvious consummation of thousands of years of Judaism and of Jewish longing for the Land of Israel. Yet, like all forms of Judaism today, it is quintessentially modern. It is in fact a secular revolution that that draws selectively on Jewish tradition - choosing some texts over others, some traditions over others - to makes its case for authenticity. This lecture will explain the emergence of the Zionist movement in its time and trace how it fit into the mosaic of modern Judaisms in the 20th century.

Joshua Shanes is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, and Director of the Arnold Center for Israel Studies, at the College of Charleston. He has published widely on modern Jewish politics, culture, and religion - as well as antisemitism and contemporary politics - in academic and popular outlets, including Slate, Washington Post, Haaretz, and the Forward.

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Thursday, March 3 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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