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Miri Talmon
Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies


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Miri Talmon is a scholar of media culture, cinema, and television who specializes in Israeli cultural history and comparative approaches to Israeli and American culture. She holds a PhD from Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Talmon is the author of Israeli Graffiti: Nostalgia, Groups and Collective Identity in Israeli Cinema (Haifa University Press and the Open University Press, 2001), and co-editor of the anthology Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion (University of Texas Press, 2011).

Miri Talmon’s research focuses on popular media culture (mostly film and television), identity politics in the media, and representations of cultural history in the media and the arts.

She currently teaches in the graduate program of the Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University, where she specializes in television research and theory. As Head of the Communication and Film Studies Program at the Nazareth Academic Institute, she brings to her work a vision of academic studies which facilitates encounters and dialog among students from diverse religious, ethnic, and national communities in Israeli society. At the Nazareth Academic Institute she is working to build a school of communication and film production in which creativity and excellence go in tandem with a commitment on the part of all faculty and students to peace, intellectual open-mindedness and tolerance.

She has previously taught in the United States at the University of Miami, Wesleyan University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

During her year at Smith, Miri Talmon will teach the following courses:
FYS 186: Israel: Texts and Contexts (fall 2013)
JUD 235: Perspectives on Israeli History (fall 2013)
Topic: The History of Israeli Cinema
JUD 236: Documentary Film in Contemporary Israel (spring 2014)
JUD 237: Forbidden Love: Cinematics of Desire in Israel and Beyond
(spring 2014)