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Israeli Film Theorist Joins HWS

Israeli film theorist and documentary filmmaker Dorit Naaman will join the Fisher Center, giving the second lecture of the spring 2010 series.

Naaman, who teaches at Queen’s University, Canada, will deliver a lecture, titled “From Mr. Baum to Waltz with Bashir: New Masculinity in Contemporary Israeli Cinema,” on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

In anticipation of Naaman’s lecture, film screenings will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, from 7 to 10 p.m., and Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Sanford Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.  “Walk on Water” (2004) will be screened on Monday; “Waltz with Bashir” (2008) will be screened on Tuesday.

Naaman’s research focuses on Palestinian and Israeli cinemas and media, primarily from post-colonialist and feminist perspectives. She is currently working on a book on the visual representation of Palestinian and Israeli women fighters, “Angels, Monsters, and Heroes: The Visual Representation of Palestinian and Israeli Women Fighters” (Austin: University of Texas Press, forthcoming). Her documentary work is about identity politics and the politics of representation; her format of short videos is titled DiaDocuMEntaRY. Naaman is also an activist for a just solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

The Fisher Center lecture and film screenings are sponsored by the Media and Society Program, the International Relations Program and the Religious Studies Department.


The Fisher Center was endowed with a $1 million gift from Emily and the late Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993. Creation of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men reflects a perfect intersection of the Colleges’ coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe.