UCLA’s International Institute Receives $1 Million for Israel Studies Endowed Chair From the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
UCLA's International Institute
has received a pledge of $1 million from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert
Foundation to endow a permanent chair in
The Gilbert Foundation funds
programs in the
"All of us in international
studies at UCLA are excited and grateful that the Gilbert Foundation has made
possible this major advance in our program in
Upon approval of the Gilbert
Foundation Chair by the president of the
The Israel Studies Program is governed by a faculty advisory committee of eminent UCLA scholars, chaired by professor Saul Friedlander. Friedlander holds UCLA's 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies and was the recipient of a 1999 MacArthur Foundation Award, one of the nation's most prestigious creative and intellectual awards. He is the author of "Memory, History and the Extermination of the Jews of Europe," "Reflections of Nazism" and the acclaimed personal memoir, "When Memory Comes." He is the founder of the influential scholarly journal History and Memory.
Arnold Band, professor of Hebrew and comparative literature and a member of the faculty advisory committee, said that the ideal scholar to fill the chair will have "a wide knowledge of Israeli culture spanning several disciplines while specializing in at least one discipline in which he has achieved scholarly preeminence."
He added that this scholar
should "possess an impressive knowledge of both Jewish studies and
Band is the author of "Nostalgia and Nightmare: A Study of
Fiction of S.Y. Agnon," "The Tales of Nahman of Bratslav" and "Studies in
Modern Jewish Literature," a selection of his articles published by the Jewish
Publication Society in their Scholars of Distinction series. He currently is
preparing a volume of his Hebrew essays, which will appear in
Also serving as faculty advisers to the Israel Studies Program are:
· Carol Bakhos, assistant professor of late antique Judaism and Jewish Studies. A faculty member of the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the undergraduate adviser of Jewish studies, Bakhos wrote "Ishmael on the Border: Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab" and has edited two volumes of essays: "Judaism in its Hellenistic Context" and "Current Trends in the Study of Midrash."
Leonard Binder, distinguished professor of
political science and director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies.
Binder is an internationally known specialist on
William Schniedewind, chair of UCLA's Department
of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and professor of Biblical studies and
Northwest Semitics. Schniedewind is the author of "How the Bible Became a Book:
The Textualization of Ancient Israel," as well as "A Primer for
UCLA's Israel Studies Program is one of 16 centers and
programs in UCLA's International Institute. The institute's
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