Israel Studies Fellows learn, create, disseminate



Source: Brandeis Now, 7-1-11

Photo/Mike Lovett

Dr. Yang Yang, associate professor and director of the Hebrew Program at Shanghai International Studies University and Julie Grimmeisen, lecturer in Jewish-Islamic studies, faculty of Jewish history and culture at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.

Yes, there are disagreements, but they are always civil, says Professor Ilan Troen, director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Now in its eighth year, the Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) draws scholars from around the globe who come to learn and create Israel Studies programs to bring back to their own universities.

Fellows spend two weeks on the Brandies campus, participating in seminars taught by Israel Studies scholars from around the world, focusing on the state’s society, history, politics, economics, culture, foreign affairs and diplomacy.  An additional week is spent in Israel where the group meets with Brandeis faculty along with representatives of Jewish and Arab communities — writers, artists, academics and public officials to hear authentic voices. The number of fellows is capped at 24 in order maintain a seminar atmosphere.

While the objective of the program is to assist the fellows with their teachings, no curriculums or syllabi are supplied for them to bring back; these must be individually designed and tailored to meet the needs of their institutions…. READ MORE