17 2023

Israel in Times of Crisis: A Conversation with Rhona Seidelman

4:00PM - 5:00PM  

Oct 17, 4:00pm

Main Library Room 106

1408 W Gregory Dr, Champaign, IL

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Dr. Rhona Seidelman is Associate Professor of History and the Schusterman Chair of Israel Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Seidelman’s research interests are in the history of immigration, the history of medicine and public health and Israel.  Originally from Canada, she has a B.A. and an M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Before coming to OU she taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her book Under Quarantine:  Immigrants and Disease at Israel’s Gate came out with Rutgers University Press in 2020.  Under Quarantine tells the story of Shaar Ha’aliya, Israel’s “Ellis Island”. Focusing on the conflicts surrounding the camp’s medical quarantine, this book argues that we cannot fully understand Israel until we understand Shaar Ha’aliya and its complicated role as the country’s largest center of arrival for hundreds of thousands of immigrants. 


This event is sponsored by the Program in Jewish Culture & Society, Slavic Reference Service, and the Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation