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Citadel News Service
16 Apr 2013

Lecturer to explore gender issues in the Middle East

Gender issues in the Middle East will be the focus of a special lecture hosted on Thursday, April 18 by The Citadel's Model Arab League Delegation. It is free and open to the public.

Naomi Gale, the Schusterman Professor of Israel Studies at the College of Charleston, will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165. Gale has published extensively on immigration, gender and Israeli society. She is the author of "Violence against Women," and "The Sephardim of Sydney," as well as several articles published in the "Journal of Sociology," "Ethnology," "NEW COMMUNITY" and the "International Journal of Sociology of the Family."

Born in Iraq, Gale immigrated to Israel and was raised in Kiryat Malachi, a small town in the south of Israel. Before and after her service in the Israeli army, she worked extensively with youth in poverty-stricken areas of Israel.

Gale completed her bachelor's at the University of Tel Aviv in sociology and anthropology and minored in social work. She received her doctorate from the University of Sydney, after researching the immigration of Sephardic Jews to Australia during the years of the White Australia Policy with emphasis on the family structure and kinship system. She obtained her LLB from the Herzliya Interdisciplinary College of Law, specializing in criminal, family and small claims. An attorney and a member of the Israeli Bar, Gale also specializes in alternative dispute resolution in general and family issues. She completed her internship at the magistrate court criminal division under the supervision of the Deputy President of the Magistrate Court The Honorary Justice Hayim Nachmias.

Gale's teaching experience is extensive. While researching her doctorate, she taught at the University of Sydney in Australia and at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In recent years, her teaching and lecturing career has taken her to Europe and North America. For several years, she held the position of senior lecturer and coordinator of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Academic College of Ashkelon, where she was one on the driving forces in the establishment of the department.

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