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Guest speakers: Opening of the Goldene Medina Exhibition


Following the opening address by Vice President of the Hebrew University, Ambassador Yossi Gal, attendees will have the opportunity to hear these renowned academics from the Hebrew University. 

Louise Bethlehem

Louise BethlehemLouise Bethlehem is an Associate Professor in the English Department and the former Chair of the Program in Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her book, Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and its Aftermath (Unisa Press, Brill 2006), was published in Hebrew translation by Resling in 2011.

She has co-edited six volumes in the field of South African literature, African Studies and Cultural Studies, including South Africa in the Global Imaginary, co-edited with Leon de Kock and Sonja Laden (Unisa, 2004); Violence & Non-Violence in Africa, co-edited with Pal Ahluwalia and Ruth Ginio (Routledge, 2007); and Rethinking Labour in Africa, Past and Present co-edited with Lynn Schler and Galia Sabar (Routledge, 2010).

In December 2013, she was awarded a prestigious European Research Council Consolidators Grant for a five-year project entitled “Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990.” In recognition of the importance of her research, she was appointed to Academia-Net: an Expert Database of Outstanding Female Scholars and Scientists, with the participation of 47 European science and research organizations.


Gideon Shimoni

תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪gideon shimoni hebrew university biography‬‏Gideon Shimoni was born in South Africa where he was active in the Habonim Zionist youth movement. He served as general secretary of the movement and chairman of the Zionist Youth Council in South Africa. He holds a BA in History and Psychology, from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. In 1961 he immigrated to Israel.

In Jerusalem, he began his studies at the Hebrew University, completing his studies and receiving his teaching certificate. In 1965 Prof. Shimoni completed his MA degree, with honors, in general history and Jewish history. He completed his thesis under the guidance of Professor Jacob Talmon. From 1961 to 1970, he taught and guided youth from Diaspora youth movements at the Institute for Foreign Leaders in Jerusalem. In 1971, Professor Moshe Davis, the founder of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, invited Shimoni to study and teach at the Institute. In 1975, he completed his doctoral dissertation on "The Way of the Jewish Community and the Zionist Movement in South African Society 1910-1948", receiving the Shimon Segal Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis. His research was expanded to the book "Jews and Zionism: The South African Experience" published in 1980 by Oxford University Press.

 Since 1971, he has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Shimoni has also served as the director of the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israeli-Diaspora Relations since 1983. As of 2005 he has retired as a full professor after serving as head of: the Institute of the Jewish people at Beth Hatefutsoth, Tel Aviv; and the main advisor to the historical content of the "New Museum of the Jewish People".


Dr. Jonathan Mirvis

Image result for jonathan mirvisDr. Mirvis is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is Hebrew University’s foremost academic specialist in social entrepreneurship, social innovation and adult Jewish education. He lectures at Hebrew University’s Melton Centre for Jewish Education, the School of Social Work’s Program in Non-Profit Management, the Business School’s MBA Program and Glocal Community-Development Studies. He holds his PhD in adult education from Surrey University in England. 

Dr. Mirvis was awarded the Kaye Innovation Prize by the Hebrew University in 2003 for his development of the social franchise model, and in 2007, received special recognition by the Rector of the University for Excellence in Teaching. He is the founder of The Gandel Institute of Adult Jewish Learning, and from 1991- 2012 was the International Director of The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School. In the Global program he teaches the course, "Strategic Approaches to Social Innovation".


This diverse panel of speakers will be followed by honourees, Maxine Fassberg and Michael Dick



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