What is Israel Studies?
Israel Studies promotes the academic study of the modern state of Israel through rigorous teaching, scholarship, and research based on academic diligence and interdisciplinary approaches. Its aim is to study all facets of the modern state of Israel focusing on the history, politics, culture, and economics of contemporary Israeli society as well as on Israeli technological and scientific scholarship.
Israel Studies at Northwestern actively ensures a regular selection of courses about Israel in the undergraduate curriculum and produces programming in Israel Studies for students, faculty, and for the general public. Students across departments and schools are able to choose from courses that treat economic, cultural and technological aspects of Israeli culture as well as from courses directly targeting Israel's fraught politics and its political and ideological history. The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies hosts thematic conferences and standalone lectures by visiting academics. In addition, the center creates opportunities for the public to directly encounter Israeli culture in the form of concerts, shows and films.