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SF State to host Goldman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies



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Haifa scholar Uri Bar-Joseph is expert in security studies and intelligence

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2007 -- Uri Bar-Joseph, Ph.D. has been appointed the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at San Francisco State University for the 2007-2008 academic year. The position, made possible by $90,000 in support from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, is intended to advance Israel studies on the campus and to encourage relationship-building between the campus and community.

Bar-Joseph, whose expertise is in security studies and intelligence, is currently senior lecturer of international relations, department of political science, at the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel. He will teach SF State's long-standing class, "Israeli Democracy: Politics, Institutions and Society," two classes in international relations, and a new class on "The Arab-Israeli Conflict," cross-listed with the department of International Relations.

"This is a major step toward developing Israel studies as one of the emphases in the Jewish Studies Program's curriculum," said Fred Astren, professor and director of Jewish Studies at SF State. In addition to the Israeli democracy class introduced in spring 1998, the program added an Israeli Cinema class last year. "Israel studies is a natural component of the Jewish studies major and offers both a complement and counterweight to our strong offerings in Holocaust studies," Astren said.

Bar-Joseph earned his doctorate in political science from Stanford University, a master's in international relations from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a B.A. in political science and sociology from Haifa University. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, he is the author of three books: "The Watchman Fell Asleep: The Surprise of Yom Kippur and Its Sources," "Intelligence Intervention in the Politics of Democratic States: The USA, Britain and Israel," and "The Best of Enemies: Israel and Transjordan in the War of 1948." With Amos Perlmutter and Michael I. Handel he wrote "Two Minutes Over Baghdad."

A $1 million gift to SF State from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund in 1997, at the time the largest donation in the University's history, established the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, held by Marc Dollinger since 2002.


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