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Joshua Sobol

Joshua Sobol was born in Tel Mond, Israel in 1939.  He was active in the socialist Hashomer Hatzair youth movement and was a member of a kibbutz from 1957 to 1965. Later he went to Paris and studied philosophy at the Sorbonne

A leading Hebrew playwright, Mr. Sobol has been artistic director of the Haifa Theater and has also taught esthetics and drected theater workshops at Tel Aviv University. He has written 60 plays many of which have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been performed in Israel, England, Germany, Austria, France, the USA, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Ireland, Finland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Canada and Switzerland.

His play GHETTO won awards for best play of the year in Israel, England and Japan and for best foreign play in Germany.

Currently Mr. Sobol teaches Drama and Dramatic Writing at the Haifa University and at Seminar Hakibutzim College.

Lecture Topics:

 Subjects pertaining to  Israeli Theatre and The Israeli Context.

 Impulses of Redemption and Self-destruction in Jewish Culture and History. 

 The Contemporary Relevance of the Roots of Political Zionism from Moses Hess to Herzl. 

  The Making and Deconstruction of the Myth of the Pioneers.

 Old and Contemporary Jewish Self-hatred and Anti-Zionism. 

  Is there an Israeli Nation? The Israeli Identity and Its Characteristics.

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