Israel Then and Now: Archaeology, Transformation, and Comparative Cultures

June 8, 2014 – July 7, 2014 (Summer Session I)

This fascinating four-week program examines the ancient past through the current events of Israel in the context of the Middle East. The program begins with an exploration of the ancient history of the region through visits to archaeological sites and museums, guided by Professor Arthur Bankoff, chair of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. You will learn the archaeology of Israel in the context of the Near East, covering the Paleolithic through the Ottoman period of history. Participants will move into the second part of the program where they will examine the multiple dimensions of contemporary Israeli society and culture, placing Israel in a comparative global perspective. Using conceptual and analytical tools of anthropology, students will explore the implications of immigration, diversity, political systems, religion, Zionism, the Jewish Diaspora, Arab-Israel conflict, the kibbutz, and global culture on modern Israel. This part of the program is taught by Professor Mervin Verbit. Guest speakers will bring different points of view to bear on the class topics. Students will live in guesthouses while traveling, and in Hebrew University dormitories while in Jerusalem.

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, all majors.

Program Dates

June 8, 2014 – July 7, 2014

Program Fee

$3,990 (includes international airfare, CISI health/travel insurance, program-related transportation in Israel, Hebrew University special programs fee, admission to sites, housing, and most meals)

Program Fee Payment Schedule:

  • Non-Refundable Deposit Due: March 26, 2014 - $400
  • First Payment Due: April 04, 2014 - $1,800
  • Final Payment Due: May 01, 2014 - $1,790

Additional Costs

$360 estimated for personal expenses, plus Brooklyn College tuition.

Courses and Credits

Participants will take two courses for a total of 6 credits. All participants will register for:

  • ANTH 3015: Anthropology Abroad

and may choose either of the following courses as their second class:

  • ANTH 3530: The Middle East and North Africa


  • CORC 3208: Comparative Studies in Cultures and Transformation

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial aid may apply, and alternative loans are available. Scholarships that apply to this program are: SASA, Tow and Furman, among others (see Scholarship Opportunities).

How to Apply

Application Deadline

Monday, March 17, 2014 Deadline extended to Friday, March 28, 2014

More Information

Arthur Bankoff (Program Director)
Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
3307 James Hall
P: 718.951.5507

International Education and Global Engagement
1108 Boylan Hall
P: 718.951.5189

Please note that all information listed above is subject to change.