Courses – Fall 2016

The Challenge of Democracy Today: Israel and the World

*Membership to the Harvey Fields Institute entitles you to participate in as many course sessions as you’d like.

 

Session I - Democracy in the Zionist Movement and the Early State of Israel

Instructor: Prof. David Myers

Course Description: Historian David N. Myers (UCLA) will open the course by exploring with participants what we mean when we talk about democracy [More Details »]

Dates & Times: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM

 

Session II - The State of Democracy in the World Today

Instructor: Prof. Asli Bâli

Course Description: Legal scholar Asli Bali (UCLA) will offer a broad overview of the challenges to democracy the world over... [More Details »]

Dates & Times: Tuesday, the 1st of November 2016, 7:15 PM

 

Session III - Israeli Democracy and its Challenges: The Occupation

Instructor: Atty. Talia Sasson

Course Description: This session will feature well-known Israel lawyer and NIF board chair Talia Sasson, who will provide a textured analysis of Israel’s occupation... [More Details »]

Dates & Times: Tuesday, the 15th of November 2016, 7:15 PM

 

Session IV – Israeli Democracy and its Challenges: Religion vs. State

Instructor: Prof. Jeff Helmreich

Course Description: Philosopher and legal scholar Jeff Helmreich (UCI) will offer an in-depth view of the tensions between religious and secular conceptions... [More Details »]

Dates & Times: Tuesday, the 29th of November 2016, 7:15 PM

 

Session V – Israeli Democracy and its Challenges: A Social Psychological Perspective

Instructor: Prof. Dan Simon

Course Description: Professor of Law and Psychology Dan Simon, (USC) will draw on his wide-ranging expertise in social psychology... [More Details »]

Dates & Times: Tuesday, the 13th of December 2016, 7:15 PM

 

Session VI – Democracy in Judaism and Israel: Text Study

Instructor: Rabbi Sharon Brous

Course Description: Renowned rabbi and community activist, Sharon Brous (IKAR), will lead a text discussion on the place of democracy in Judaism, Zionism, and Israel... [More Details »]

Dates & Times: Tuesday, the 10th of January 2017, 7:15 PM

 

Session VII – Ethics and Democracy in Israel Today

Instructor: Avraham Burg

Course Description: Well-known Israeli author and politician, Avraham "Avrum" Burg, will lead us in a discussion regarding Democracy and ethics in Israel... [More Details »]

Dates & Times: Tuesday, the 24th of January 2017, 7:15 PM

 

Session VIII – The Challenge of Democracy Today: Israel and the World - Closing Dinner

Instructor: Prof. David Myers

Course Description: We will gather to glean what was learned from the semester’s course offerings as well as share individual... [More Details »]

Dates & Times: Tuesday, 7th of February 2017, 7:15 PM