Goldman endowed Israel studies chair gives inaugural lecture

Associate Professor Eran Kaplan, SF State's endowed Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Israel Studies, gave his inaugural lecture at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on Feb. 21.

A photo of SF State Professor Eran Kaplan.

Professor Eran Kaplan gives his inaugural lecture at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2012.

Kaplan's lecture was titled, "Israel's Summer of Discontent: Social Protests, Nostalgia and the Future(s) of Zionism." After an introduction by SF State President Robert A. Corrigan, Kaplan said the protests and tent cities that swept through Israel last summer may represent a shift in Israeli politics and culture away from the traditional framework of what he called the "land-peace" dichotomy: the ongoing debate over whether Israel should increase its borders or seek peace with its neighbors.

The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Israel Studies was established with a $3.75 million gift from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman fund in 2008, a portion of which was used to expand the Jewish Studies Program into a full academic department. Kaplan joined the department in August 2011.

-- Jonathan Morales