Schusterman Center for Israel Studies:

ONLINEMaking the Desert Bloom: Botanical Zionism

April 27, 2023 Waltham Free
(Photo: John Theodor/iStock)
(Photo: John Theodor/iStock)

We invite you to join us for the last Schusterman Seminar of Spring 2023, “Making the Desert Bloom: Otto Warburg and ‘Botanical Zionism,’ c. 1900-1930,” with Dr. Dana von Suffrin. This talk will examine the role of science in the Yishuv (the pre-state Jewish community in Palestine), centering specifically on the so-called Botanischer Zionismus (Botanical Zionism) group, which was led by the German-Jewish colonial botanist and Zionist, Otto Warburg. By researching the motives and ideologies behind this group, we can gain valuable insights into the wider background of the Zionist movement and its principal aims, in particular the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

Dr. Dana von Suffrin is a writer and historian of science affiliated with the University of Munich. She studied political science, Jewish history and culture and comparative literature in Munich, Naples/Italy and Jerusalem/Israel, and finished her doctorate on the role of science in the Yishuv in 2017. Part of the Schusterman Seminars Series: advanced seminars geared toward faculty and graduate students, and open to all, presenting the latest research in Israel Studies to the Schusterman Center community and beyond.

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Thursday, April 27, 2023, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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