Faculty and Graduate Students: Ben Gurion University of the Negev

I have been lucky, over the past two weeks, to attend sessions led by five different scholars connected with BGU.

Last night, I was privileged to hear Prof. David Shinar speak about his research on driving distractions (cell phones, texting, eating, radio, etc.), and Ph.D. candidate Orly Rahimiyan, who is giving a presentation at the Library of Congress on the 19th of October on “Images of Jews in Popular Iranian Culture”.

Last week, in New York, I heard art historian Prof. Ruth Iskin on “Impressionism and Parisian Consumer Culture”, and Prof. Ariel Novoplansky speak about the effect of the environment on plants with identical gene structures. Prof. Iskin is spending part of her sabbatical researching for a new book on 19th century posters at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and Prof. Novoplansky has been spending his sabbatical at the University of California at Davis.

And the week before, I attended a lunch with Ph.D. candidate Gali Levy, who is currently doing research at the Holocaust Museum on two women active in the post-war, illegal immigration movement to Palestine.

All presentations were fascinating and show the depth and excellence of the university’s faculty and graduate students.

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