2 Hebrew U Webinars: Exploring the Historical Context Around October 7

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ESTEEMED PRESENTERS:

DR. LIOR LEHRS is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From September 2016 to September 2018, he was an Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University. Dr. Lehrs authored his doctoral dissertation, “Private Peace Entrepreneurs in Conflict Resolution Processes,” at HU’s Department of International Relations. His research topics include the theory and history of conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation, and unofficial diplomacy, with focused study on Israel-Palestine, Northern Ireland, the Cold War, and the Balkans. He is a Fellow at Mitvim—The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, and previously served as a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research where he focused on the topic of Jerusalem within Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, and conflicts around holy sites.

PROF. ABIGAIL JACOBSON is a historian working on the social and urban history of late Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean. Her main research interest is the history of ethnically and nationally mixed spaces and communities, especially during war and conflict. Prof. Jacobson is the author of two books: “From Empire to Empire: Jerusalem between Ottoman and British Rule,” and Oriental Neighbors: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine. She completed her Ph.D. at the Department of History at the University of Chicago. Before joining the Hebrew University, she was the Academic Director of the Borders and Sovereignty theme (previously The Mediterranean Neighbors Unit) at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Previously, she served as a junior research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, a lecturer at the Department of History at MIT, a visiting lecturer at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University, and a lecturer at The Raphael Recanati International School at Reichman University (IDC Herzliya). She is currently the chief editor of the Journal of Levantine Studies.

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