12 2019

UM Frankel Center Event: 29th Belin Lecture, James Loeffler

7:00PM - 8:30PM  

Palmer Commons Forum Hall 100 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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29th David W. Belin Lecture in American Jewish Affairs

James Loeffler, University of Virginia

Prisoners of Zion: American Jews, Human Rights, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

6:30 pm reception, 7:00 pm lecture

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of two momentous events in 20th-century history: the birth of the State of Israel and the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both remain tied together in the ongoing debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global antisemitism, and American foreign policy. Yet today American Jews are increasingly divided on the subject of Israel and human rights. Many on the Jewish Right and the Jewish Left increasingly imagine Zionism and international human rights as intrinsically incompatible – though they differ in their reasoning. Drawing on his recent book, Rooted Cosmopolitans, Professor Loeffler will discuss the deeper historical roots of this divide and its implications for the future of American Jewish politics. 

From the parking lot, use the elevator at the east end of the parking structure (stairwell number 2), closest to Washtenaw Avenue and Palmer Field. Take the elevator to Plaza Level (PL on the key pad). Proceed north onto the walkway to the main entrance of Palmer Commons where the Washtenaw Avenue pedestrian bridge begins. Enter through the double doors to the main level of Palmer Commons (3rd floor). Using the stairs or elevator, continue to any floor. 

From Central Campus (Michigan League) 
From the Michigan League, access the walkway between the School of Dentistry and the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. Proceed east, passing North Hall, the Undergraduate Science Building and the Life Sciences Institute. Continue east onto the walkway overlooking Washtenaw Avenue to the main entrance of Palmer Commons. Enter through the double doors to the main level of Palmer Commons (3rd floor). 

If you have a disability that requires an accommodation, contact the Judaic Studies office at or 734-763-9047.