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Heschel on Religion, Politics, and Civil Rights in Israel-Palestine

with Anat Biletzki
March 29th, 2016
12:00 PM


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (Rubenstein Library Room 153)

Noon - 1:15 pm

Light lunch served

Despite the current popularity of, and toleration for, religion in political contexts, there is a constant, essential tension between religion and human rights. An exploration of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Papers at Duke’s Rubinstein Rare Books and Manuscript Library is offered with the goal of ascertaining, beyond Heschel’s well-known symbiosis (“I prayed with my feet”), points of uncertainty – or self-contradiction – regarding the feasibility of civil rights in Israel-Palestine. This discussion with Anat Biletzki is held in conjunction with the exhibit "Faith in Action: In the Footsteps of Abraham Joshua Heschel", March 18-July 22, 2016.

Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Archive and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Anat Biletzki

Tel Aviv University and Quinnipiac University

Along with her work at Tel Aviv University and as Albert Schweitzer Professor at Quinnipiac University, Biletzki has also traveled widely, as a visiting scholar/professor at, among others, Cambridge University, Harvard University, and MIT. Her publications include books and articles on Ludwig Wittgenstein, Thomas Hobbes, analytic philosophy, political thought, digital culture, and human rights. Outside academia, Biletzki has been active in the peace movement and in several human rights projects in Israel for almost four decades. During the first intifada she was one of the founders (and in charge of communications) of the peace movement, “The Twenty-First Year” – a group devoted to promoting civil objection to the Occupation. In 1997-1998 Biletzki helped establish the human rights movement “Open Doors” which worked on the problems of administrative detention in Israel. She has also been active as one of the leaders of Hacampus Lo Shotek – “The Campus Is Not Silent” – at Tel Aviv University, and was on the board of FFIPPI-Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. She was chairperson of the board of B’Tselem – the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories – during the second intifada (2001-2006). In 2005 she was chosen as one of “50 most influential women in Israel” by Globes, the Israeli business monthly, and was nominated among the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005”.