What are the legitimate borders of Israel? Who should determine where they fall? When should the borders become permanent? These are just a few of the controversial questions that surround Israel’s border disputes. In this talk Professor Rachel Havrelock (Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago) explains how the existing borders came into being and the reasons why they are disputed. Religious traditions, the European creation of the modern Middle East, and the wars of the 20th century all contribute to the current as well as the proposed maps of the region. Accompanied by a power point presentation of historical maps, Havrelock will tell the stories behind the borders and show how, from biblical times to the present, many interpretations of the map of Israel have coexisted.
Professor Havrelock will also be available after the lecture to sign copies of her new book, River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line, published in November 2011 from the University of Chicago Press. More information on River Jordan can be found at http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/R/bo11310203.html.
This event is co-sponsored by the Newberry Library’s A.C. McClurg Bookstore.