Israel Heritage Classroom Committee Annual Meeting and Guest Lecture

19 Nov 2014


Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Jerusalem is the heart of a religious, ethnic, national, and political conflict and is often defined as a polarized and contested city. In addition to the segregation between Jews and Arabs, the Jewish population residing in Jerusalem is also divided along religious lines. As a result, much of the academic literature describes Jerusalem as polarized and divided. However, these analyses are based solely on data regarding housing patterns. Professor Shoval’s presentation challenges this paradigm of Jerusalem, measuring segregation not only by where residents spend their nights but by their daytime activity as well. The study’s main source is a high-resolution database (in time [seconds] and space [meters]) that includes 16,000 residents of Jerusalem that were all tracked with GPS devices for a 24-hour period and then interviewed. This presentation generates greater understanding of Jerusalem’s current urban and social geography. It offers a more complex view of the city, which may contradict prevailing notions of static segregation.

Report by the
2014 Israel Heritage Room Scholarship Winner
Katherine Martin

Overview of the Israel Heritage Room and
Scholarship Opportunities for Students
Susan Rosenberg, Chair, Israel Heritage Room Committee
Adam Shear, Director, Jewish Studies Program

Refreshments will be served * Free admission *

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sponsored By: 
Jewish Studies Center
Room 204 Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh