The 2021 Sokolof Lecture will be presented by Simon Rabinovitch, Ph.D., Associate Professor in History at Northeastern University, in a virtual event on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 PM CT.Dr. Rabinovitch will examine and analyze the impact of Israel’s 2018 Nation-State Law. The passage of the law sparked protests from Israel’s Druze population and raised questions about balancing minority rights and national self-determination.
This event is free to attend, but registration is required: Register Here
About the Speaker:Simon Rabinovitch, Ph.D., is Associate Professor with appointment in History at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he teaches and writes about different aspects of Jewish, European, Russian, and legal history. His publications includeJewish Rites, National Rights: Nationalism and Autonomy in Late Imperial and Revolutionary Russia (2014). He edited Jews and Diaspora Nationalism: Writings on Jewish Peoplehood in Europe and the United States (2012) and Defining Israel: The Jewish State, Democracy, and the Law (2018). He is current working on a book called Religious Freedom and the Jews: Collective Rights in Modern State (Yale) that compares legal cases in Europe, North America, Africa, and Israel where civil courts have decided on matters of Jewish law and communal identity.
Previously, Dr. Rabinovitch was based at Boston University as the Associate Director of the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum with an appointment at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. He has also held visiting professor positions at Tel Aviv University, the University of Helsinki, and Hebrew College, Boston. Dr. Rabinovitch was a Henry Luce Foundation/American Council for Learned Societies Fellow in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs in 2017-2018. He received the Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2015 for Jewish Rights, National Rites. Additionally, in 2015 he was on the Long List for the Historia Nova Prize for the Best Book on Russian Intellectual and Cultural History and was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist in the category of writing based on archival material for Jewish Rights, National Rites.
This event is sponsored by the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO.
About the Lecture:TheSokolof Lectureis an annual endowed lectureship in honor of Ruth and Phil Sokolof. The event, organized by the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO, aims to bring speakers of national and international prominence to speak about contemporary issues connected to Israel and Jewish Studies.