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Freedom and Despair: A View from the South Hebron Hills

October 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Vanderhoef Studio Theater Mondavi Center
This lecture, based on fifteen years of peace work in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, will present a grass-roots view of reality as seen in the tiny encampments and villages of the desert hills south of the city of Hebron. Here Palestinian farmers and shepherds face the threat of expulsion from their lands and homes as well as daily violence from Israeli settlers, soldiers, and policemen. The struggle to help this Palestinian civilian population survive under extreme conditions inevitably confronts us with classic human questions: What does one do with despair? Can it be used to good effect? What does it mean to seek the humane, or the simply decent action in situations of deep ambiguity? Is moral action wedded to concrete results? Does an ethical act live on in the world even if no one witnesses it or knows of it? Can one achieve inner freedom in the face of external cruelty? Is it in our nature to be free? Does the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King still offer hope?
David Shulman is Professor Emeritus of Indian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in the cultural history of southern India and, in particular, in the languages and literatures of Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Sanskrit. His most recent book is Tamil: A Biography (Harvard University Press, 2017). Born in Iowa, he has lived in Israel for the last 50 years and is active in Ta’ayush, “Arab-Jewish Cooperation,” one of the most effective of the Israeli-Palestinian peace groups working in the occupied Palestine West Bank. He is the author of Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine (University of Chicago Press, 2017). He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (1987), Rothschild Prize (2004), EMET Prize for Art, Science and Culture (2010) and the Israel Prize (2016).
http://religions.ucdavis.edu/freedom-and-despair-talk-presented-david-shulman-professor-emeritus-hebrew-university-and-moderated
This event is sponsored by Paul and Marie Castelfranco Lecture Series, The Mondavi Center, Department of Religious Studies, Graduate Group in the Study of Religion, Global Affairs, Religions of India Initiative, Programs in Human Rights, Jewish Studies, and Middle East South Asia
For more information please contact: Archana Venkatesan avenkatesan@ucdavis.edu

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October 30, 2017
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4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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