Drs. Myer and Abu Fraiha
Hosted by: Office for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Join us for a discussion on the critical role healthcare providers play in our shared humanity and purpose.

About our Speakers:

Dr. David N. Myers is a Distinguished Professor of History and holds the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History in the UCLA History Department.  He is the founding director of the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy.  Myers’ scholarly work has touched on a number of key themes in modern Jewish history, including the history of Jewish historiography, the history of Zionism, and modern Jewish intellectual history.  In addition to Re-Inventing the Jewish Past, he has also written Resisting History: Historicism and its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought (Princeton, 2003), Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz (Brandeis University Press, 2008) Jewish History in the Oxford University Press Very Short Introduction series, and The Stakes of History: The Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life (Yale University Press, 2018).  Most recently, he is the author with Nomi Stolzenberg of American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York (Princeton, 2021).  Additionally, Myers has edited eleven books and taught at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and the Russian State University for the Humanities, and visited at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Jerusalem) and been a fellow twice at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (Philadelphia). Since 2003, he has served as co-editor of the Jewish Quarterly Review. Myers is an elected fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research.

Dr. Yasmeen Abu Fraiha is a physician, specializing in internal medicine, who is currently acting as the Executive Director of Rodaina, an NGO she founded that aims to prevent genetic diseases in the Middle East, especially in the Bedouin community, by spearheading premarital genetic testing and matching. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Project Wadi AttirYanabiaTamar Center, and AJEEC-NISPED, all are social projects and NGOs aiming to improve Bedouin lives in Israel. She has won several awards, including the 2007 Ramon Award for quality, leadership, and excellence, as well as the 2015 Travel Grant Award for outstanding young investigators at the 38th European Cystic Fibrosis Society conference, and was also chosen to be part of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list. Yasmeen has authored multiple op-eds about Palestine and Israel, and has been recently cited in the New York Times and on NPR.  Yasmeen holds a BSc in Medical Science and an MD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and currently pursuing an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.

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