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Israeli scholar visits

Meir Zamir, a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is visiting Skidmore this fall as the college’s first Jacob Perlow Middle East Scholar-in-Residence. A professor of Middle East studies, Zamir is guest teaching in government, business, and other courses and meeting informally with students and faculty. He is also giving public lectures on such topics as Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, building a post-Saddam Iraqi state, and territorial and national issues in Lebanon.
     Born in Iraq, Zamir holds degrees from Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and the London School of Economics. He was the founding director of Ben-Gurion University’s department of Middle East studies and its Center for Jewish-Arab Understanding. His specialties include international business management, Lebanese history, and cultural gaps between Israelis and Palestinians.
     The residency is made possible by a gift from the Jacob Perlow Fund, established by Jane Greenberg Cameron ’81 in honor of her late uncle. For twenty years the fund has also supported Skidmore’s Perlow Lecture series in Jewish history and culture, typically offered in the spring and summer.

 


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