Join us in celebrating historical and current events surrounding the Balfour Declaration Centenary.

Event Information:

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    Turning Points in Zionist History

    From the Balfour Declaration to the Six-Day War and Beyond.


    Turning Points in Zionist History

    Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

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    $20 students and Spertus Institute/Indiana University alumniTicket price includes morning coffee and pastries and kosher lunch.Ticket questions? Call 312.322.1773.


    Turning Points in Zionist History
    From the Balfour Declaration to the Six-Day War and Beyond

    The year 2017 marks the anniversaries of two critical dates in Zionist history: the 1917 Balfour Declaration marking Britain's support for the establishment of the Jewish State, and the 1967 Six-Day War affirming Israel's staying power.

    In an important collaboration between Spertus Institute and Indiana University’s Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, four exceptional scholars from IU’s Jewish Studies faculty will spend a day in Chicago discussing these significant moments, both as they happened in history and as we see them today.


    9:30-10:00 am | Registration and Coffee

    10:00 am | Welcome & Introductory Remarks from Dr. Judah Cohen

    10:15-11:15 am | The Balfour Declaration and its Aftermath

    Dr. Judah Cohen | The Sounds of Zionism:
    Composing Israel in Balfour’s Promises

    Dr. Sarah Imhoff | How the Balfour Declaration Changed Everything
    (and Nothing): Views from the United States

    11:15-11:30 am | Break

    11:30 am-12:30 pm | The Six-Day War and its Aftermath 

    Dr. Noam Zadoff | Six Days and Fifty Years:
    The Six-Day War as a Turning Point in the History of Zionism

    Dr. Shaul Magid | State or Homeland?
    Political and Religious Tensions That Arose from The Six-Day War

    12:30-1:30 pm | Lunch

    1:45-3:30 pm | Echoes of Diplomacy and War
    How Do We Tell Zionism's History Today?

    Round Table Discussion with Q & A


    Judah CohenDr. Judah Cohen is the Lou and Sybil Mervis Chair in the Study of Jewish Culture and Acting Director of the Borns Jewish Studies Program for 2017-18. He teaches courses on Exploring Jewish Identity Today; Jews and African Americans in American Musical Theatre; Music in Judaism; and American Jewish Popular Music.


    Dr. Sarah ImhoffDr. Sarah Imhoff is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and Director of Graduate Studies for the Borns Jewish Studies Program. She teaches courses on Jews, Christians, and MuslimsUnderstanding the Rabbinic MindJews and Race in the US, and Gender and Rabbinic Literature.


    Dr. Shaul MagidDr. Shaul Magid is Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies. He teaches courses Nationalism and Territory in Israel/Palestine; Jewish MysticismJewish Jesus from Late Antiquity to the Present; and Hasidism and Existentialism.


    Dr. Noam ZadoffDr. Noam Zadoff is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and History. He teaches courses on Jewish History in (Auto)Biography; Zionism and the State of Israel; Israel and the Six-Day War; and History of Conflict as History of Emotions: The Israeli-Arab Case.

    Balfour Trio

    Left to right: Field Marshal Lord Edmund Allenby, Lord Arthur Balfour, and Sir Herbert Samuel in a photo taken six years after the Balfour Declaration, Matson Photograph Collection, Library of Congress.