Please join us for a lecture called "The Israeli Arabs in the Three Branches of Power in Israel" by Dr. Rami Zeedan, visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley.
This event is free and open to the public.
Date: Friday, April 20
Location: 305 E. 23rd Street
College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Building, Room 1.302D
Austin, TX 78712
*Lunch provided with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of the lecture:
Dr. Zeedan will discuss research on the development of politics, identity, and leadership among Arabs in Israel. It is presented in light of the historical development and contemporary trends of "integration vs segregation" of Israeli Arabs in the three branches of power in Israeli political system. The outcome of this research leads to a conclusion that the Arabs in Israel are minimally integrated in the Israeli political system and are separated from it in much more issues than integrated. It concludes by pointing that the major problems among the Arabs in Israel relies on the external, in regard to national politics, but more importantly on the internal, in regard to the local kinship-based politics.
Bio of Dr. Zeedan:
Dr. Zeedan is an interdisciplinary researcher in political science and history. His recent research ranges between urban affairs/local governments in cities, ethnic politics, public opinion, and Israel studies. Since 2014, he has held a two-year fellowship for outstanding post-doctoral research from the Council for Higher Education in Israel, during which he was a Taub-Schusterman Post-Doctoral Fellow at New York University during AY 2014-2015 and a Fritz Thyssen post-doctoral research fellow with the Zentrum Moderner Orient (Germany) during AY 2015-2016. Zeedan has also taught at the Open University of Israel, New York University, and at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee. His teaching interests include: “Politics and Government in Israel;” “Research Methods in Political Sciences;” and “Introduction to Statistics.” He holds a Ph.D. in Israel Studies from the University of Haifa.
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