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The Historical Society of Israel

The Jerusalem Lectures in History in Memory of Menahem Stern

In 1993, the Historical Society of Israel established a lecture series in memory of Prof. Menahem Stern, one of the most renowned historians of Jewish history of the Second Temple period. Prof. Stern served as the chairman of the Historical Society of Israel, editor of Zion, and chairman of the editorial board of the Zalman Shazar Center. Prof. Stern was murdered on June 22, 1989, while walking to the Jewish National Library in Jerusalem.

Each year a world-class historian is invited to Israel to deliver a series of three public lectures. The lecturers invited are among those whose unique contributions to historical research ranks them among the top scholars of our times. The lectures delivered at the The Jerusalem Lectures in History in Memory of Menahem Stern showcase research that has never before been presented.

The lectures are delivered in English and are intended for Israeli historians, scholars in various fields, students, teachers, and the general public. During their stay, the guest speaker meets with doctoral students from all of Israel’s universities.

The lectures are published in English by the Historical Society of Israel through the University Press of New England, and in Hebrew by the Historical Society of Israel.

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Professor Laura Engelstein of Yale University will deliver the The Jerusalem Lectures in History in Memory of Menahem Stern in the spring of 2016.

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The Jerusalem Lectures in History in Memory of Menahem Stern

Professor Laura Engelstein will deliver the 2016 Jerusalem Lectures in History in Memory of Menahem Stern, from March 13 through 22, 2016.

Prof. Laura Englestein of Yale University will deliver the The Jerusalem Lectures in History in Memory of Menahem Stern in the spring of 2016.

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Past guest speakers of the The Jerusalem Lectures in History in Memory of Menahem Stern:

Prof. Peter Burke, 2015
Prof. Carol Gluck, 2014
Prof. Sir Richard Evans, 2013
Prof. Paul Katz, 2012
Prof. Glen W. Bowersock, 2011
Prof. Patrick Geary, 2010
Prof. Hans-Ulrich Wehler, 2008
Prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam, 2007
Prof. Heinz Schilling, 2006
Prof. Brian Stock, 2005
Prof. Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, 2004
Prof. Keith Thomas, 2003
Prof. Jürgen Kocka, 2001
Prof. Peter Brown, 2000
Prof. Anthony D. Smith, 1999
Prof. Natalie Zemon Davis, 1998
Prof. Fergus Millar, 1997
Prof. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, 1996
Prof. Anthony Grafton, 1995
Prof. Carlo Ginzburg, 1993