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Lecture: “The Oldest Guard: Landowners, Local Memory, and the Making of the Zionist Settler Past” with Liora Halperin (University of Washington) (virtual)

September 1, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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In this talk, Liora Halperin tells the story of Zionist memory in and around the private Jewish agricultural colonies (moshavot) that were established in late 19th-century Ottoman Palestine. Though they grew into the backbone of lucrative citrus and wine industries in British mandate Palestine and Israel, absorbed tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants, and became known as the “first wave” (First Aliyah) of Zionist settlement, these communities have been regarded-and disregarded-in the history of Zionism as sites of conservatism, lack of ideological commitment, and resistance to Labor Zionist politics and institutions.


Liora R. Halperin is Associate Professor of International Studies, History, and Jewish Studies, and the Jack and Rebecca Benaroya Endowed Chair in Israel Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.


This event is co-hosted by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies. Part of the Eli N. Evans Distinguished Lecture Series in Jewish Studies at Carolina.


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UNC-Chapel Hill


September 1, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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