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Professor from University of Tel Aviv
to Give Lecture at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 24, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — A lecture titled "Jews, Arabs and Government Officials: Power Relations Inside Israel" will be presented at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Presenting the lecture is Dr. David Wesley, professor at the University of Tel Aviv and a scholar of urban planning, land use patterns and power relations between Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. His scholarship examines how Israel offers opportunity to its citizens, the socio-economic make up of Israeli towns and inequality between its citizens.

Born in the United States, Wesley moved to Israel in 1955, motivated by a personally felt commitment to Jewish history and the rebirth of the Jewish people. As a kibbutz member, he worked for many years in agriculture and in kibbutz management and public service. Through his work he became aware of issues of land expropriation and exclusion shaping the experience of the Palestinian Arab population in Israel. His book "State Practices and Zionist Images: Shaping Economic Development in Arab Towns in Israel" was published by Berghahn Books in New York and Oxford in 2006.

Wesley received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1981, a master's degree in sociology and anthropology, and his doctoral degree in 2002 from Tel Aviv University.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The presentation is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire departments of history, foreign languages, geography and anthropology, and political science.

For more information, contact Dr. Kate Lang, chair of the history department at UW-Eau Claire, at 715-836-4765 or langkh@uwec.edu.

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