Friday, September 8, 2023

"Zionism: An Emotional State," In-Person Talk, Sept. 20










The Ruth and Alvin Rockoff Annual Lecture

Join us in person

 Zionism: An Emotional State

Wednesday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.


Derek J. Penslar

William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History

Harvard University


Renowned scholar Derek Penslar offers a fascinating look at the deep feelings at the heart of Zionism that have propelled both proponents and opponents of this national movement.

"Why does Zionism evoke such intense passions? Because as much as it is a political and ideological movement, it is also an emotional movement. Penslar has outdone himself with this intriguing history of the emotions of Zionism's champions and its adversaries." —Susannah Heschel, Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College




Free and Open to the Public; Free Campus Parking

 Douglass Student Center

100 George Street, New Brunswick



Derek Penslar is also the Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History Emeritus at the University of Toronto and the inaugural holder of the Stanley Lewis Chair in Modern Israel Studies at Oxford University. A prolific author, his recent books include a coedited volume, Unacknowledged Kinships: Postcolonial Studies and the Historiography of Zionism (University of Chicago Press, 2023) and Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader (Yale University Press, 2020). He is currently writing a book about worldwide reactions to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Penslar is a fellow of the American Society for Jewish Research and the Royal Society of Canada.