Israel Bartal is Professor of Jewish History and the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the chair of the Historical Society of Israel. Professor Bartal has taught at Harvard, McGill, University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers, as well at Moscow State University (MGU). He is one of the founders of Cathedra, the leading scholarly journal on the history of Israel, and had served as its co-editor for over twenty years. Since 1998 he has been editor of Vestnik, a scholarly journal of Jewish studies in Russian. From 1995 to 2003 he chaired the Israeli history high-school curriculum committee. Israel Bartal has published many books and numerous articles on the history and culture of East European Jewry, Jewish nationalism and the Jews of Palestine in the pre-Zionist era. His recent book, The Jews of Eastern Europe. 1772-1881 (2005, 2006) appeared also in Hebrew, Russian and German.
Israel Bartal will present a lecture entitled: Historiography, Nationalism and Shtadlanut: Shefer and the Revival of East European Jewish Identity (1874-1907).