Occupied Thoughts: “What Israel can Learn from the American History on Race” w/ Peter Beinart & Prof. Yael Sternhell


Peter Beinart is joined by Tel Aviv University Professor Yael Sternhell to have a deep and rich conversation about how teaching about the history of race and inequality in the United States leads to important, sometimes explosive, conversations with her students.

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Yael Sternhell is a Senior Lecturer in History and American Studies at Tel Aviv University and serves on the board of the New Israel Fund. Her fields of interest include 19th century US history and the history of modern societies at war. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 2008 and has since held fellowships from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Rothschild foundation, as well as from Yale University and the Huntington Library in California. A former journalist and news anchor for Channel One, she continues to contribute commentary on American affairs to various media outlets. Her first book, “Routes of War: The World of Movement in the Confederate South” (Harvard University Press, 2012) argued that spatial mobility, rather than violence, was the core of the war experience in the South and a driving force behind the profound transformations the region underwent during the war.

Peter Beinart is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace. He is also a Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York, a Contributor to The Atlantic, an Editor-at-Large at Jewish Currents, and a CNN Political Commentator.