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BGU Poet Honored as Visiting Artist in U.S.

July 25, 2019

Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events, Social Sciences & Humanities

Dr. Dory Manor will join nine other Israeli artists to teach at top U.S. universities from 2019 to 2020.

The Way We Were: Biography of the 1948 Generation

June 6, 2019

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Prof. Hanna Yablonka discusses her new book in this 40-minute podcast.

Jazz Comes to the Desert

April 9, 2019

Tags: Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought

A live concert highlights a conference at BGU that will explore the impact of jazz on Israeli culture.