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Ziva Flamhaft is Lecturer the Department of Political Science at Queens College. A former staff member of the Department of Special Services in the Office of Information of Israel's Prime Minister before coming to America in 1969, she earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1992. She subsequently has taught a wide variety of courses at Queens, including: Israel in the Middle East; the Arab-Israeli Conflict; Arabs, Israelis, and Peace; Women and War; Global Ethnic Politics, and The Politics of Ethnic Groups. She is the author of Israel on the Road to Peace: Accepting the Unacceptable, and contributed an important discussion on the 1993 Oslo agreement that was published in Israel in the Nineties. With a Fulbright-Hays scholarship in 1995-96, she spent part of her time in Israel interviewing women bereaved and aggrieved by war and terrorism, and is currently compiling these interviews into a forthcoming book.

Lecture Topics:
The Arab-Israeli Peace Process
Israel and the United Nations
Israeli Women Talk on War, Bereavement, and Peace Peacemaking
Peace as a Women's Human Right

Joshua Freeman is Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Director of the Queens College Labor Studies Program. He writes, teaches, and speaks about the history of the U.S. labor movement, social history, and the history of New York. His books include In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966, which was co-winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award; Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society (co-author); and most recently Working Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II. He is co-editor of International Labor and Working Class History and a continuing editor of New Labor Forum.

Lecture Topics:
The Jewish Contribution to the American Labor Movement
New York Jews and the Cooperative Housing Movement

Nora Glickman is Professor of Spanish at Queens College. A playwright, scholar, and educator, she was born in Argentina and has written extensively about contemporary Latin American literature. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Uno de sus Juanes and Mujeres, Memorias Malogros, as well as a play, Suburban News, which won the Jerome Foundation Drama Award in 1993 and was performed at New York's Theater for the New City. Her play A Day in New York was produced in Miami in 1997, while her play Liturgies was performed at the International Students Theater Festival in Jerusalem in 1998. Among her scholarly writings, she has edited Modern Jewish Studies: Critical Essays on Argentine Writers and Argentine Jewish Fiction, has co-authored Tradition and Innovation: Reflections on Latin American Jewish Writings and A Critical Anthology of Argentine Drama. She recently published The Jewish White Slave Trade.

Lecture Topics:
The Jewish White Slave Trade
Latin American Jewish Drama
Latin American Jewish Fiction

Emanuel S. Goldsmith is Professor of Hebrew and Yiddish at Queens College. He is the author of Modern Yiddish Culture: The Story of the Yiddish Language Movement and the two-volume Yiddish Literature in America (in Yiddish). He is also the co-editor of Thinkers and Teachers of Modern Judaism; The American Judaism of Mordecai Kaplan; Events and Movements in Modern Judaism; and Dynamic Judaism: The Essential Writings of Mordecai Kaplan. Professor Goldsmith is a member of the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought and on the executive committee of the Congress for Jewish Culture. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous collective volumes, journals, and anthologies.

Lecture Topics:
The Romance of the Yiddish Language
Hebrew: The Sacred Tongue Reborn
Yiddish Literature in America
The Holocaust in Hebrew and Yiddish Writing
The Heritage of Sholom Aleichem
The World of Isaac Bashevis Singer
Sabbath and Festival in Yiddish Literature
Giants of Modern Jewish Thought
Rationalism and Mysticism in Jewish Thought
The Legacy of East European Jewry
The Hassidic Contribution to Judaism
Mordecai Kaplan, Abraham Heschel, and Joseph Soloveitchik
Haskalah: The Quest for a Modern Judaism
The Yiddish Literature of Modern Israel
The Revival of Bialik's Poetry

Yerah Gover teaches Israeli film, literature, and sociology in the Department of Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures at Queens College. Born in Athens, Greece, Dr. Gover lived in Israel for many years, graduated from the Habimah National Theater and Drama School, and was a founding member of a kibbutz in 1949. He has published fiction in Hebrew, and has written and co-authored screenplays for Israeli feature films, including I Love You Rosa and The House on Chelouche Street, as well as documentaries for Israeli television. Holding a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Dr. Gover published Zionism: The Limits of Moral Discourse in Israeli Hebrew Fiction, as well as a host of other academic essays in Hebrew and English scholarly publications.

Lecture Topics:
Culture Wars and Identity Issues in Israel
The Process in the "Peace Process"
Israeli Allegories in Fiction and Film

Samuel Heilman is Harold Proshansky Professor of Jewish Studies and Sociology at Queens College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. A renowned lecturer and author, he has written numerous pathbreaking books, articles, and reviews. Among his most significant scholarly volumes are: Synagogue Life: A Study in Symbolic Interaction; The People of the Book: Drama, Fellowship, and Religion; The Gate Behind the Wall; A Walker in Jerusalem (winner of the 1986 National Jewish Book Award); Cosmopolitans and Parochials: Modern Orthodox Jews in America; Defenders of Faith: Inside Ultra-Orthodox Jewry (finalist for the 1992 National Jewish Book Award); and Portrait of American Jews: The Last Half of the Twentieth Century (Gratz Centennial Book Award, 1996).

Lecture Topics:
When a Jew Dies: A Social Anthropological View
Shas: A New Israeli Party
Orthodoxy on the American Scene
The Future of American Judaism
Religious Fundamentalism
Israel and the Peace Process
Jerusalem: Whose Is It?
Hasidism in America
The Ethnography of Jewish Death

Leo Hershkowitz is Professor of History at Queens College. A writer, researcher, and engaging lecturer, he is especially interested in the history of New York Jewry from its earliest origins up to the beginning of mass immigrations in the 19th century. He delights in training students in the use of such primary archival sources such as legal records, wills, inventories, and conveyances, materials rarely used by scholars in reconstructing history. His published works include Letters of Abigail Franks, 1733-1748, Wills of Early New York Jews, 1701-1799, as well as a number of articles on early New York Jews for volumes of collected essays and encyclopedias, such as the recent Jewish Women in America.

Lecture Topics:
Abigail Franks and her 18th Century World
"Before the Golden Door"-The Jewish Community in New York, 1654-1860

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