April 22, 2012
Israel Bartal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Michael Feige, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University
Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center
The Ruth and Alvin Rockoff Annual Program

The program will be preceded by a memorial tribute to community leader Alvin Rockoff.

Remarks by
Dr. Richard L. McCormick, President ,Rutgers University
Dr. Yael Zerubavel, Director, Bildner Center

Contributions in Alvin's memory may  be made to:
The Ruth and Alvin Rockoff Annual Program Fund

c/o The Bildner Center, 12 College Ave, New Brunswick
Please make checks payable to Rutgers University.

Panel Discussion:

Biblical Ruth at Tzippori
Revolution and Nostalgia: The Image of the Shtetl in Israeli Society
Israel Bartal
is the Avraham Harman Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting scholar at the Bildner Center at Rutgers. He is a world-renowned scholar of the history and culture of Eastern European Jewry, Jewish nationalism, and the Jews of Palestine in the pre-Zionist era. His publications include The Jews of Eastern Europe: 1772-1881 and Cossack and Bedouin: Land and People in Jewish Nationalism.
The Many Natives of Jerusalem: Nationalism, Archaeology, and Fundamentalism in Contested Land
Michael Feige a professor of sociology and anthropology in the Israel Studies Program of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is a specialist in Israeli society, collective memory, and political myth. His most recent book in English is Settling in the Hearts: Fundamentalism, Time and Space in the Occupied Territories.

Antiquity in Popular Israeli Culture: Humor, Nostalgia, and Politics

Yael Zerubavel, a professor of Jewish studies and history, is the founding director of the Bildner Center at Rutgers. Her research interests include collective memory, Zionism and Hebrew national culture, and myths and ritual. She is the author of Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition and the forthcoming book Desert in the Promised Land: Nationalism, Politics, and Symbolic Landscapes.