Joshua O. 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 in History and Jewish Studies, American University
In conversation with Dr. Lauren B. Strauss, American University, Jewish Studies Program and 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 and former Executive Director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies, 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.