A Global History of Zionism

Moderated by Professor Eliyahu Stern

Zionism is one of the most revolutionary and fiercely debated national movements in Western history. Following two thousand years of exile, Jews’ return to the Land of Israel was a watershed moment that redefined the Middle East and Cold War political alliances. This course examines the core ideas, personalities, and events that have animated Zionism from its inception in the nineteenth century in Russia to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 to the heated debates at the United Nations and in Western media outlets. Finally, it will examine the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. 

Seminar Dates & Times

Tuesdays   |   10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST

March 9, 23
April 6, 20
May 4, 18


Session 1 Pogroms of 1881 to the First Zionist Congress in 1897
Session 2 Ottoman Rule to the Balfour Declaration
Session 3 1948
Session 4 Palestinian Nationalism
Session 5 1967 and the Rise of the Settler Movement
Session 6 Christian Zionism and American Foreign Policy 

Seminar Cost: $450 (tax-deductible portion $225)