The Buber fellows hosted the new rector of the Hebrew University, Prof. Barak Medina. The rector joined us for an extended Kaffee Stunde. The fellows presented themselves, as did he, and the conversation revolved, among other topics, on ways for better integrating the fellows into the academic community of the Hebrew University.
Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
Monday, Jan 8, 2018
What happens when a class is suddenly disrupted or even erupts into a brawl? Are there limits on the academic freedoms of professors and students? How politicized is academia, and what does it even mean to be political? We ran a special panel on the topic of the “Classroom as a Contested Space.” Ms. Pepi Yekirevich, the legal adviser of the Hebrew University, and Prof. Moshe Sluhovsky (from the...
Thursday, Dec 21, 2017
Life After Buber An Alumni Panel and Discussion December 11th We invited four alumni to share with us their experiences during and after their time as Buber fellows in Jerusalem. The result was a fascinating and thought-provoking exchange. It was also an emotional reunion. Here is how it went. Dr. Ellinor Morack, now assistant professor in Bamberg, talked about academic...
Monday, Nov 27, 2017
It may seem ironic that one of the most successful and simultaneously conspicuously rare German comedies ever, was written by a German Jew in Tel Aviv, at the height of the GermanFinal Solution. From an Israeli point of view, the irony consists in the fact that the most successful Hebrew drama so far, was written – despite early Hebrew language politics – originally in the German language, in...
Sunday, Nov 26, 2017
On November 26th the Buber Society spent a day in the Safra Campus of the HU. We started by visiting the Institute for advanced studies and meeting the Director Prof. Michal lineal and Prof. Maren Niehoff who is leading a research group at the ISA. We then continued to the Authority for Research and development where the fellows received a presentation from Alma Lessing , the coordinator for...
Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 to Thursday, Nov 16, 2017
The fall retreat of the MBSF is the best opportunity for the newcomers and the veteran fellows to get to know each other better. THis time we headed south to the Arava. We started in Dimona with a visit to the Hebrew Israelite community in the city. We heard their fascinating story and about their life as a strickt vegan society. We then visited the Small Crater and spent the night near Zoffar...
Monday, Nov 6, 2017
In August 2014, as in every summer, approximately a hundred guests gathered in Ditchingham – a small village in Norfolk, East Anglia – for four days of lectures, workshops, and leisure activities. Autscape is a conference on autism, but it is made exceptional by the fact that not only its participants, but also its organizers, all identify as being on the autism spectrum. It is in light of this...
Monday, Oct 30, 2017
I Didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Me”: Theorizing Cosmopolitanism from Below Dr. Oded Erez discussed theories of vernacular cosmopolitanism, and the ways in which migrant and minority communities negotiate their liminal cultural position by creating cultural "dialects," adopting and adapting cultural forms from near and far using a practical logic of "making do." He then demonstrated...
Thursday, Oct 19, 2017