David Ben-Gurion dreamed of creating a Hebrew Oxford in the Negev as a modern Hebrew Yavneh.
Home to the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Heksherim – the Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture, and the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, BGU is uniquely positioned to promote the interdisciplinary study of Israel, Jewish culture and thought.
Ben-Gurion University is leading the way in the academic exploration of the founding and development of the State of Israel, the re-birth of the Hebrew language, and the connection between culture and community in Jewish and Israeli society.
“I went to a cultural event on campus and immediately fell in love with it. So I started teaching there.”
– Etgar Keret, acclaimed Israeli writer and teacher in BGU’s creative writing program
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The Way We Were: Biography of the 1948 Generation
Prof. Hanna Yablonka discusses her new book in this 40-minute podcast.
Jazz Comes to the Desert
A live concert highlights a conference at BGU that will explore the impact of jazz on Israeli culture.
Two Leaders Beyond Compare
AABGU CEO Doug Seserman discusses leadership commonalities between Washington and Ben-Gurion.