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Zionism and Emotion: Love, Fear and Hatred
WhenTuesday, Jan 15, 2019, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Campus locationKane Hall (KNE)
Campus roomKane Hall 110
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsStroum Center for Jewish Studies
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Middle East Center
Department of History

In this talk, Derek Penslar of Harvard University will consider Zionism, and by extension all forms of modern nationalism, as expressions of emotion. Like emotions, nationalisms vary, and Zionism has, in different times and places, conformed to erotic, spiritual, parental, and companionate forms of human feeling and attachment.

The talk will span the history of the Zionist project, demonstrating the positive effects of emotions as a source of strength and sacrifice, but also showing how and when nationalistic emotions have catalyzed the hatred of others.

The talk draws on Professor Penslar's research for his current book project,"Zionism: An Emotional State" (for Rutgers University Press’ “Keywords in Jewish Studies” series).

Cosponsored by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Middle East Center, and Department of History…
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