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‘The Arab-Israeli Conflict’ is topic of 2018 Kaldegg Lecture at ETSU

Contributed • Nov 6, 2018 at 6:39 PM

Paul E. Singer Foundation scholar Dr. Rachel Fish will speak on “The Arab-Israeli Conflict” at East Tennessee State University on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Brown Hall auditorium.

Fish’s free public talk on the political tension, military conflicts and disputes between a number of Arab countries and Israel is sponsored by the Erna P. Kaldegg Endowment through the ETSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. The purpose of the Kaldegg program, which began as a lectureship in the early 1980s, is to help create greater unity while respecting ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.

Fish, a native of Johnson City and graduate of Science Hill High School, is a senior adviser and Resident Scholar of Jewish/Israel Philanthropy at the Singer Foundation in New York. Before attaining her current position, she was executive director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2013 in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department and researched the history of the idea of bi-nationalism and alternative visions for constructing the state of Israel.

Fish has taught not only at Brandeis, but also at Harvard, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Tzion and Me’ah, Adult Jewish Education programs. As Harvard’s Rohr Visiting Professor in 2015, she lectured on modern Israel and received the Derek Bok Certificate of Teaching Excellence. She is co-editor, with Ilan Troen, of the book “Essential Israel: Essays for the 21st Century.”

For more information, contact ETSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 423-439-6171 or [email protected] For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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