Prof. Barsky named to the Institute for Advanced Studies
Professor Barsky has just been named to the Institute for Advanced Studies, Toulouse, for 2012-2013. He will research radical Zionist organizations active in France and the United States, in the context of work he’s doing on Avukah, the Jewish Student organization that existed in the United States from 1925-1942, part of his broader work on the Chomsky/Harris milieu.
The hypothesis of this Institute for Advanced Studies project is that college experiences shape the values, the aspirations, and the convictions that guide individuals in the transition from late adolescence into mature adulthood. Given the importance of this particular period in students’ lives, it’s especially important to understand how they network, and what effect the specific network they develop has upon the social action in which they engage. This is a comparative project that focuses upon France and the United States, and it will be centered on a comparison between the experiences of students in two Jewish Student organizations, l’Union des Etudiants Juifs de France (created in 1944) and the American Jewish Zionistorganization Avukah (created in 1925 and folded in 1943-4).