Tel Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
“New Writing in an Old Land” By TrudyZuckermann, Bella Rubin, and Hadara Perpignan
This essay covers the history of academic writing development in Israel (vertically) and the landscape and diversity of the present programs (horizontally). It explains why Israel was slow in developing programs in either Hebrew or English, although there were academic institutions in the country even before the establishment of the State. It describes the foresight of the first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, in his realization that some students need extra support in order to succeed academically, the contribution of Eliezer Ben Yehudah in the development of the modern Hebrew language, and the insight of the sponsors of the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust in the need for scientists and social scientists to write for the global community.