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Showcasing the latest developments in the realm of academic and professional research and literature, about the Middle East and global affairs. We discuss Israeli, Arab and Palestinian society, the Jewish world, the Middle East and its conflicts, and issues of global and public affairs with scholars, writers and deep-thinkers.

Showcasing the latest developments in the realm of academic and professional research and literature, about the Middle East and global affairs. We discuss Israeli, Arab and Palestinian society, the Jewish world, the Middle East and its conflicts, and issues of global and public affairs with scholars, writers and deep-thinkers.
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Showcasing the latest developments in the realm of academic and professional research and literature, about the Middle East and global affairs. We discuss Israeli, Arab and Palestinian society, the Jewish world, the Middle East and its conflicts, and issues of global and public affairs with scholars, writers and deep-thinkers.

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Episodes

All the Middle East's a Stage, and Jews and Arabs Merely Players

9/17/2018
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Dr. Lee Perlman, a research fellow at Tel Aviv University's Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research discusses his new book, “But Abu Ibrahim, We're Family!”, exploring several theater productions, all with a joint Jewish-Arab component, as a potential backdrop for peace building. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel. Tel Aviv Review is also...

Duration:00:36:14

Zionesses: Women in Israeli Cinema

9/10/2018
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Dr. Rachel Harris, professor of Israeli literature and culture at the University of Urbana Champaign, discusses her new book Warrior, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema. How do the evolving representations of women relate to broader changes in Israeli society and culture? This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel. Tel Aviv Review is also supported...

Duration:00:29:59

Hitler and Atatürk: How Turkish Nationalism Inspired the Nazis

9/7/2018
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Dr. Stefan Ihrig, a historian and post-doctoral fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, recently had his book Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination published in English by Harvard University Press. He tells host Gilad Halpern how rising Turkish nationalism in the wake of WWI served as valuable inspiration for the Nazis in the early Weimar years and beyond. This episode originally aired July 17, 2015.

Duration:00:23:04

Rebel with a Cause: The Story of a Legendary Jewish Spy

9/3/2018
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Gregory Wallance, a New York-based attorney and writer, discusses his new book The Woman Who Fought an Empire: Sarah Aaronsohn and her Nili Spy Ring, telling the story of an Israeli icon - a young Jewish woman who during the First World War operated, together with a few neighbors and family members, a pro-British spy ring under the nose of the Ottoman authorities in Palestine. Her tumultuous life, tragic death, and considerable contribution to the Allied war effort are revisited in this...

Duration:00:30:00

Take Notice: The Power of the Unremarkable

8/27/2018
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Eviatar Zerubavel, professor of sociology at Rutgers University, discusses his new book Taken for Granted: The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable. How do our linguistic priorities characterize the way we perceive the world, and how do they reinforce cultural norms? This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel. Tel Aviv Review is also supported by the...

Duration:00:34:29

Are We Living in an Unprecedented Age of People Power?

8/20/2018
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Professor Erica Chenoweth, a scholar of international relations says that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of non-violent protests in the world. She knows because she counts them, rigorously; she also counts when they work and why. Her 2011 book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict shows the data of violent and non-violent political action and analyzes when civil resistance succeeds in dozens of different countries. This is not a how-to book...

Duration:00:33:05

On Hell and Other People: The Enduring Relevance of Existentialism

8/13/2018
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Dr. Dror Yinon of the Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar-Ilan University reviews a series of lectures on Existentialism that recently took place at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He lays out the fundamentals of this philosophical tradition and analyzes its ongoing relevance in the age of populism and post-truth. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social...

Duration:00:33:54

Living in Denial: A 21st-Century Story

8/6/2018
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Dr. Keith Kahn-Harris, a British sociologist and commentator, discusses his new book Denial: The Unspeakable Truth. It attempts to analyze the emergence and growing prevalence of denialism - a quasi-nihilist reflex that subsumed healthy skepticism and fact-based debate. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel. Tel Aviv Review is also supported by the...

Duration:00:32:01

A Road to Forgiveness: How Societies Cope with Collective Trauma

7/30/2018
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How do societies recover from major violence and terrible injustice? How do they cope with collective trauma, perpetrators, guilt, and is there a road to forgiveness? Professor Ruti Teitel was among the pioneering scholars to probe the complex mechanisms societies use to exorcise the demons of conflict. Transitional justice is now central to understanding conflict and integral to resolution, largely due to her work. Teitel discusses her latest book, and the role of transitional justice in...

Duration:00:31:38

On the Media: Public Broadcasting, Regulation and Press Freedom in Israel

7/23/2018
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Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Democratic Values and Institutions, the head of the Media Reform Program and the Open Government Program at the Israel Democracy Institute. She joins hosts Dahlia Scheindlin and Gilad Halpern to discuss media policy in Israel and the way government interference may infringe on the country's relatively robust freedom of the press. This episode of the Tel Aviv Review was brought to you by the Israel Democracy Institute, an...

Duration:00:36:16

My Kingdom for a Constitution

7/20/2018
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Yedidia Stern is worried about disturbing the balance of a Jewish and democratic state, as the nation-state law threatens to do. He believes that Israel must be a Jewish state, but without a legal anchor for equality, society is in trouble. Religious life is being dominated by the ultra-orthodox; diaspora Jews, especially Americans, should have a say in public life but not too much. Legal scholar and Vice President of the Israel Democracy Institute speaks to us about the fundamental nature...

Duration:00:36:49

Business and Human Rights: A Contradiction in Terms?

7/16/2018
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Can we reconcile between business development and safeguarding human rights? David Bilchitz, professor of law at the University of Johannesburg, proposes a legal framework to do just that in his new book, “Building a Treaty on Business and Human Rights: Contexts and Contours” (Cambridge University Press). This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel. Tel...

Duration:00:33:49

Live from the 2018 AIS Conference: The ‘Berkeley School’ Approach to Hebrew Literature

7/9/2018
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On this plenary session at the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Israel Studies, recorded at the University of California at Berkeley, Tel Aviv Review host Gilad Halpern, Prof. Chana Kronfeld and Dr Yael Segalovitz discuss the attempts to "de-ghettoize" Hebrew literature and study it in a broader and richer context, as well as the intercultural exchanges with other types of literature, Jewish and non-Jewish. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer...

Duration:00:53:32

The Survival of the Sentient: The Evolution of the Soul

7/2/2018
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Prof. Eva Jablonka, a philosopher of science at Tel Aviv University, discusses her forthcoming book The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul. Can we establish the development of conscience within the evolution process? And if so, how? This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel.

Duration:00:31:30

Quo Vadis, IDF?

6/25/2018
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The role of the IDF in Israeli life cannot be overstated, past and present. But the country, and the army, are changing. So are the missions Israel undertakes and the nature of warfare. Why is the famous people's army seeing fewer and fewer Israelis turn up for the draft? What are the demographic characteristics of those who do serve, is the army a melting pot or a social hierarchy and what about the "P" word - a professional army? Yuval Shany & Amichai Cohen of the Israel Democracy...

Duration:00:36:46

Babel in Zion: The Inculcation of Hebrew in Pre-State Israel

6/22/2018
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Dr. Liora Halperin, assistant professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, author of Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism and Language Diversity in Palestine 1920-1948, tells host Gilad Halpern about the ideological as well as the practical aspects of the inculcation of the Hebrew language in pre-state Israel. This episode originally aired June 26, 2015.

Duration:00:19:39

Bibi: The King is Alive, Long Live the King

6/18/2018
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Benjamin Netanyahu's endurance as Prime Minister is matched only by his mystique: what lies behind his grip on Israeli society? How did he climb to the top, and what is the price of his long stay at the summit? Anshel Pfeffer, of Haaretz and the Economist, has a new biography of Netanyahu following his strange brew of intellect and populism, poor taste and fine legal lines, fierce family loyalty and shameless political-self-promotion. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by...

Duration:00:39:00

Never Again? East German and Radical Left West German Attitudes to Israel

6/15/2018
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Jeffrey Herf, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Maryland, talks to host Gilad Halpern about the attitude of East Germany and the West German radical left towards Israel between 1967-1989, against the backdrop of the memory of the Holocaust as well as the Cold War. This episode originally aired on June 23, 2015.

Duration:00:19:11

Occupation: The Law Gives and the Law Takes Away

6/11/2018
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Michael Sfard, one of Israel’s leading human rights lawyers, chronicles the evolution of the legal pillars of Israel’s military occupation of Palestinians, including deportation, settlements, torture policies and more. But his brand-new book The Wall and the Gate, Sfard also tells of the lives and legal struggles of people who fight the policy with its very own tools: in Israeli courts. For each emerging body of law assisting occupation, there is a relentless human rights lawyer campaigning...

Duration:00:35:57

Shifting Attitudes Towards Israel and Zionism

6/8/2018
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For South African Jews, support for Israel has ceased to be the one thing they can all agree upon. Three distinguished panelists debate the meaning, old and new, of engaging with Israel as South African Jews. Panelists: This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel.

Duration:01:20:31