Israel at Sixty

Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of the Jewish State

May 18-19, 2008

Open to the public and free of charge

An international symposium featuring:

  • Shlomo Avineri
  • Andy David
  • Benajmin Frommer
  • Jacob Lassner
  • Elie Rekhess
  • Leonard Saxe
  • Liora Sion
  • Asher Susser


Sunday, May 18, 2-5:30 PM
McCormick Tribune Center Forum
1840 Campus Drive, Evanston Campus

Israel and Europe
Shlomo Avineri, the Hebrew University

Israel and the Middle East 
Asher Susser, Tel Aviv University

Israel and the Concept of Diaspora 
Jacob Lassner, Northwestern University

Monday, May 19, 9:30-11:30 AM
Harris Hall Room 108
1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston Campus

Panel Discussion

Moderator, Ilan Troen 
The Stoll Family Professor in Israel Studies and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University


  • Shlomo Avineri, the Hebrew University
  • Andy David, Deputy Consul General of Israel
  • Benjamin Frommer, Northwestern University
  • Jacob Lassner, Northwestern University
  • Leonard Saxe, Brandeis University
  • Asher Susser, Tel Aviv University
  • Elie Rekhess, Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University
  • Liora Sion, Northwestern University


Shlomo Avineri, one of the world's leading political theorists, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has held visiting appointments at numerous universities including Yale, Cornell, and Oxford, and was visiting scholar at the Wilson Center, the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Institute of World Economics and International Relations (IMFMO) in Moscow. In 1996 he was awarded the Israel Prize, the country's highest civilian decoration.

Jacob Lassner is the Phillip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor Emeritus of Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University and founding Director of the Jewish Studies Program. He specializes in the history of Jewish-Muslim relations. Prof. Lassner has been a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton; a fellow of the Hebrew Union College School (Jerusalem); the Rockefeller Institute in Bellagio, Italy and the Oxford Postgraduate Center for Hebrew Studies where he was Skirball Fellow for Jewish-Muslim Relations.

Leonard Saxe is Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and directs the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University. Prof. Saxe is a social psychologist whose current research focuses on Jewish identity and engagement and is an author and/or editor of more than 250 publications. He has been a Science Fellow for the United States Congress, a Fulbright Professor at Haifa University and received the American Psychological Association's prize for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest.

Asher Susser is Stein Professor of Modern Israel Studies at the University of Arizona and a Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at TAU. Professor Susser has focused on Modern Middle Eastern History, Religion and State in the Middle East and Arab-Israeli issues, with special reference to Jordan and the Palestinians. He has been a Fulbright Fellow, a visiting professor at Cornell University (1986-7), the University of Chicago (1990) and Brandeis University (1998, 2007-8), and a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (1987, 1996-7).

Ilan Troen is the Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies at Brandeis University and founding director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He served as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University in Israel and as Director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives in Sede Boker. He is the founding editor of Israel Studies, the leading journal in the field. His recent focus has been on Jewish settlement in the land of Israel under the Ottomans, the British Mandatory regime, and following that, under the rule of the modern State of Israel.