AEN National Speakers Bureau 2016-17

These speakers will be available for a subsidized visit to campuses through AEN member invitations via the AEN.

Yael Aronoff, Michigan State University
Alan Dowty, Notre Dame University
Miriam Elman, Syracuse University
Chad Goldberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ron Hassner, University of California-Berkeley
Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland
Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
David Hirsh, Goldsmiths, University of London
Jonathan Marks, Ursinus College
Cary Nelson, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Elie Rekhess, Northwestern University
Alvin Rosenfeld, University of Indiana
Jonathan Skolnik, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Kenneth Waltzer, Michigan State University
Jeff Weintraub, Bryn Mawr College

Speaker Information:

Yael Aronoff

Yael Aronoff is the Michael and Elaine Serling Professor of Israel Studies and Director of Jewish Studies at Michigan State University. She is a political scientist, author of The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard-Liners Opt for Peace, and is at work on The Challenges of Asymmetric Conflict, including foci on the U.S. and Israel. She is an award- winning teacher.

“Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard-Liners Opt for Peace”
“Prospects: Progress and Setbacks in Negotiating an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement”
“The Challenges of Asymmetric Conflict: Continuing Questions from Israeli Experience”
“Shifting Sands in the Middle East: Opportunities and Challenges for Israel”
“U.S.-Israeli Relations in a Changing Middle East”

Alan Dowty

Alan Dowty is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Notre Dame, former president of the Israel Studies Association, and an expert on Israel, Arab-Israel issues, and Middle East politics. He is the author of The Jewish State: A Century Later and Israel/Palestine, now in its third edition. He is just finishing a new volume on The Origins of the Arab Israeli Conflict.

“The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict”
“The Fourth Stage of the Arab Israel Conflict: Since the Turn of the Century”
“The Iran Nuclear Deal and Israel”

Miriam Elman

Miriam Elman is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, the Robert D. McClure Professor of Teaching Excellence, and Research Director for the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARC). She is the author of Paths to Peace and of Progress in International Relations Theory and with Madelaine Adelman has edited Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City.

“Academic Freedom, Free Speech and BDS: Advancing Viewpoint Diversity on Campus”
“Antisemitism/Anti-Zionism: When Does Criticism of Israel Become Hate Speech?”
“Combatting the Anti-Israel BDS Movement”
“Dilemmas of Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking”
“After Obama: The Future of the U.S.-Israel Relationship”

Chad Alan Goldberg

Chad Alan Goldberg is Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of Modernity and the Jews in Western Social Thought. Reflecting on the centrality of Jews and Judaism in Western European and American social thought in the early 20th century, Goldberg suggests a rethinking of previous scholarship on Orientalism and Occidentalism, and reflects too on the continued centrality of the Jews, and now the Jewish state, in contemporary social thought in the 21st century.

“Marginal Man Revisited: Jews and Modernity in the Chicago School of Sociology”
“Capitalism and the Jews in German Social Thought”
“New Jews and Old in the 21st Century” (Are Muslims the “new Jews”?)

Ron Hassner

Ron Hassner is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of California at Berkeley, and a student of religion and international conflict. He is a distinguished teacher, recognized by students and by UC-Berkeley and by the American Political Science Association for teaching excellence. He has written War on Sacred Grounds and Religion on the Battlefield, and with Isaac Svensson has edited the four-volume collection Religion and International Relations.

“History of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount”
“Antisemitism: Roots and Current Trends”
“Religion and War”

Jeffrey Herf

Jeffrey Herf is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of Reactionary Modernism: Technology, Culture and Politics in Weimar and the Third Reich, Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys, The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust, Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World, and Undeclared Wars with Israel: East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989. His work has won the Charles Frankel award, the AHA George Luis Beer Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and many other honors. Herf ably develops the multiple linkages between Cold War Soviet bloc politics and contemporary anti-Zionism as well the continuing Nazi influences in Middle East thought.

“The Soviet Bloc and Anti-Zionism During the Cold War”
“Varieties of Anti-Zionism: Nazism, Communism, Islamism and Western Far Left”

Susannah Heschel

Susannah Heschel is Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and the author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus, which won a National Jewish Book Award, and of The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany. She has also edited the essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel in a collection titled Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, with David Biale and Michael Galchinsky co-edited the provocative Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism, and edited On Being a Jewish Feminist.

“What is Zionism?”
“Judaism in Israel: Spiritual Inspirations and Religious Conflicts”
“Zionism and Feminism”

David Hirsh

David Hirsh is a sociologist and social theorist and a Lecturer in Sociology in Goldsmiths, the University of London. Hirsh has played a key role in Britain opposing BDS and antisemitism on the Left, in the labour movement, and in the Labour Party, and has written extensively about contemporary antisemitism. He is author of the provocative monnograph Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: Cosmopolitan Reflections, and of numerous thought pieces on BDS, Anti-Zionism, antisemitism, and related topics.

“BDS and Antisemitism”
“The Struggle against Antisemitism in the British Labor Party”
“British and American Cases: What’s Similar and Different in Rising Antisemitism?”
“The Mainstreaming of Antisemitism and Racism in Europe and the U.S.”

Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks is associate professor in the Department of Politics at Ursinus College and a leading scholar on the thought of Jean Jacques Rousseau. Jonathan writes regularly on university and BDS news for Commentary Magazine.

“Socrates at the Center: Liberal Education Confronts BDS” [What means can one deploy in dealing with BDS and related phenomena consistent with the missions of colleges and universities devoted to liberal education?]
“A Torrent of Angry and Malignant Passions Will Be Let Loose: Political Controversy in the Academy” (The tension between the needs of political activists and needs of teachers and students).

Cary Nelson

Cary Nelson is the Jubilee Professor Emeritus of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. Active in opposing BDS since 2007, Cary is author or editor of more than 30 books. These include No University is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom, The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel (with Gabriel Brahm), and Dreams Deferred: A Concise Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Movement to Boycott Israel. He is the former president of the American Association of University Professors and an authority on academic freedom.

"Academic Freedom and Debates Over the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
“Can the Two State Solution Be Saved?”
"BDS, Anti-Normalization, and the Prospects for Peace"

Eli Rekhess

Eli Rekhess is the Crown Visiting Chair in Middle East Studies in the Department of History, and in the Crown Family Jewish Studies Center at Northwestern University. He is a leading authority on Arabs in Israel. He has published books on the Arabs in Israel: Between Communism and Arab Nationalism, and (forthcoming) on The Islamic Movement in Israel. His “Arab Minority in Israel: Reconsidering the 1948 Paradigm” will soon appear in Israel Studies. Earlier, he served as advisor in the Prime Minister’s office under Yitzhak Rabin and Ehud Barak.

“Israel’s Arab Minority”
“Israel’s Arab Christian Community”
“Political Islam: Hamas and Islamic Jihad”

Alvin Rosenfeld

Alvin Rosenfeld occupies the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and is Director of the Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Indiana University. He was the founding director of the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University. A prolific writer on the Holocaust and Holocaust literature and, in recent years, on antisemitism in international perspective, he has published or recently edited The End of the Holocaust, Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives, and Deciphering the New Antisemitism. His Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism will appear next year.

“The Longest Hatred Renewed: Reflections on Today’s Antisemitism”
“What Is the ‘New’ Antisemitism, and What Can We Do About It?”

Jonathan Skolnick

Jonathan Skolnik is associate professor of German at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a member of the faculty in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, in History, and in Film Studies, and interim Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. He is a scholar of German Jewish writings and in Jewish Pasts, German Fictions argued Jews embraced German culture as a reinvention of Jewish identity and historical memory. Jonathan reaches about Zionism and Modern Nationalism and works on Terrorism Narratives. He wants to talk about teaching in the era of BDS, and about dealing with BDS support in graduate student unions.

"Teaching Jewish Studies in the Era of BDS"
"Faculty Organizing against BDS: Responses to BDS in Unions"

Kenneth Waltzer

Kenneth Waltzer is professor of history emeritus at Michigan State University, where he helped build the university’s highly reputed James Madison College in public affairs, and led the growth of the Jewish Studies. His work on the rescue of children at Buchenwald is well known and is the basis for an award-winning film, “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald.” Ken will speak based on helping lead the Academic Engagement Network and on four decades of teaching about antisemitism, the Holocaust, and modern ethnic and racial group relations.

“BDS on Campus: Enlisting Faculty and University Leaders”
“Two Antisemitisms: Comprehending Antisemitisms on Left and Right”
“When is Anti-Zionism Antisemitic?”

Jeff Weintraub

Jeff Weintraub is a social and political theorist and political sociologist who has taught at Harvard, the University of California, San Diego, Williams, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Pennsylvania. His intellectual interests include the relationship between freedom and community; the nature and conditions of democratic citizenship; the theory and practice of the public private distinction; war, society, and politics in comparative perspective; and nationalism, citizenship, and revolution. He is particularly interested in the interactions between nationalism and other forms of modern mass politics, ethnic cleansing, and ethno-sectarian homogenization in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East from the early 20th century through the present.

“Academic Freedom, Academic Blacklisting, and BDS”
“Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism”
“Correcting a Historic Optical Illusion: Middle Eastern Jews and the Arab-Israeli Conflict”