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Israeli Social Transformation: What's Next?

  • American University, Center for Israel Studies Butler Board Room, 6th Floor, Butler Pavilion, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016 (map)

Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

with Professor Calvin Goldscheider
Brown University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies, currently Scholar-In-Residence, Center for Israel Studies, American University

Interviewed by Dr. Lauren B. Strauss
American University, Jewish Studies Program, Affiliated faculty, Center for Israel Studies

Dr. Calvin Goldscheider, one of the world’s leading demographers and sociologists focusing on Israeli society, will reflect on subjects he explores in his acclaimed 2015 book Israeli Society in the Twenty-first Century: Immigration, Inequality, and Religious Conflict. From the socioeconomic inequalities affecting both the expanding ultra-Orthodox population and the Israeli Arab community (which now comprises over 21% of the nation’s citizens), to the massive impact of Soviet Jewish immigration, to the growth of its high-tech sector, Israel exemplifies the challenges of maintaining a pluralistic society in a region fraught with political and cultural tensions. 

Dr. Strauss, a professor of modern Jewish history and literature, will engage Dr. Goldscheider in a wide-ranging conversation about how his findings illuminate many of Israel’s current issues. Going deeper than the usual political prescriptions, the discussion will demonstrate that such research-based analysis can help us to more fully understand – and hopefully ameliorate – some of the most profound challenges faced by the Jewish State.

This program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.


This program will take place in Butler Board room on the 6th floor of American University’s Butler Pavilion.   A campus map may be found here.

There is free parking after 5:00 PM in the Bender Sports Center garage adjacent to Butler Pavilion. 
If you park on level 6, enter doors marked towards Mary Graydon Center. The Butler Board Room is straight ahead when you enter from the garage.  If you park on levels 3-5, enter doors marked towards Mary Graydon and take elevator to floor 6.


Dr. Calvin Goldscheider

Dr. Calvin Goldscheider

Calvin Goldscheider’s major research publications have focused on the sociology and demography of ethnic populations, historically and comparatively, with a particular emphasis on family and immigration. He has published extensively in these fields in the leading sociology and demography journals and has edited eight collections of original scholarly research in demography. His major authored and co-authored books include: Population, Modernization and Social Structure; The Population of Israel; The Ethnic Factor in Family Structure and Mobility; The Transformation of the Jews; Jewish Continuity and Change; Leaving Home Before Marriage: Ethnicity, Family and Generational Relations; Israel's Changing Society: Population Ethnicity and Development; and The Transition to Adulthood. His most recent book is Cultures in Conflict The Arab-Israeli Conflict.

Dr. Lauren B. Strauss

Dr. Lauren B. Strauss

Dr. Lauren B. Strauss is a professor of modern Jewish history, specializing in American Jewish cultural and political history. She has taught for twenty years at universities in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University, and a B.A. from Brandeis University. Dr. Strauss teaches courses on American Jewish politics, popular culture, and women’s history, and on Yiddish culture, post-Emancipation Jewish history, and modern Jewish travel. She is a frequent community lecturer and has taught many adult education classes in the D.C. area.