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Jewish Studies Program: San Diego State University

Last Update:
May 25, 2016

Visiting Professor and Artists

Dana Ivgy

Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist 2016/17

For the second year in a row the Jewish Studies Program has been chosen among a select group of 14 US universities to participate in the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program, under the auspices of the Israel Institute, to host leading Israeli artists who will be in residence for the 2016-17 academic year.

We are thrilled to be hosting actress Dana Ivgy who will be in residence at SDSU for the spring 2017 semester. Ivgy starred most recently in “Zero Motivation,” which won Best Narrative Feature and the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and for which she received a Best Actress Award (her second) from the Israel Film Academy. Variety magazine cites her acting as “so natural, it’s hard to believe it’s even a performance.” For 10 years, she has also been performing internationally with the Israeli stage comedy troupe Tziporela, for which she serves as artistic director. Ivgy will be teaching two classes in the School of Theatre, Television and Film.

The Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program celebrates Israeli artists in a variety of disciplines, including film, music, the visual arts and theater. The artists will spend a semester teaching and presenting their work to students and audiences in local communities through classes, exhibitions and performances.


Dr. Dr. Oded Brosh

Visiting Israeli Scholar, 2016/17

Dr. Oded Brosh, a leading expert on nuclear politics, will serve as the Jewish Studies Program's Visitng Israeli Professor in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. Dr. Brosh is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy and Director of M.A. Specialization in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. His expertise is in the field of nuclear politics, strategy in the nuclear age, deterrence and strategic development; nuclear proliferation and political, strategic and technological issues of weapons of mass destruction.

Dr. Brosh previously taught at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and Ben-Gurion University, Beersheva. His publications include The Politics and Strategy of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East: Opacity, Theory and Reality, 1960-1991 - An Israeli Perspective, "The Emerging US Strategy on Iran's Nuclear Program - Containment," and "Iran in 2025: Four Scenarios." He has also served as a senior analyst with the Prime Minister's Office. Dr. Brosh holds an MA and a PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University. As an undergraduate he studied at Johns Hopkins University, and is a graduate of UCLA. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

As a child of a veteran diplomat in Israel's Foreign Service, serving with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Brosh's early education included school at the Belgian School in Cologne, Germany, in Jerusalem, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in Yangon, Myanmar and at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Brosh's residency at SDSU is supported by a grant from the Israel Institute (Washington, DC) , which is dedicated to the knowledge and study of modern Israel, and by the Lipinsky Institute for Jewish Studies endowment.

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