Prof. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. She is the author of “Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus” and “The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany” as well as numerous edited volumes, including “Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism” and “Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust,” and over 100 articles. She has been a visiting professor at several universities, including the University of Cape Town, Frankfurt, Edinburgh, and Princeton, and has held research grants from the Carnegie Foundation, the Ford Foundation, a Rockefeller fellowship at the National Humanities Center, and a yearlong fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and has been studying the history of European Jewish scholarship on Islam, and her first of two books on that topic will appear next month under the title, “Jüdischer Islam: Islam und jüdisch-deutsche Selbstbestimmung,” and she also has a forthcoming article on that topic, in English, in the Journal of Qur’anic Studies.

The event is in association with the History Institute, University of Vienna and RaT (Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society)

Professor Yuval Golan obtained his PhD in Materials and Interfaces from the Weizmann Institute in 1996 and spent three years as a postgraduate researcher at the Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1999 he joined the Department of Materials Engineering at Ben-Gurion University and in 2010 he was promoted to full professor and appointed as Director of the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at BGU. His research interests include surfactant assisted synthesis of nanomaterials and chemical epitaxy of semiconductor thin films.

Prof. Golan is an active researcher in the area of nano-materials and thin films, has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and supervised some 40 junior researchers (postdocs, MSc and PhD students). Since 2016 Prof. Golan is also Chairman of Graduate Studies in the Department of Materials Engineering and Chairman of the Synchrotron Committee of the Israeli Academy of Science.