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Of pride and shame: the Turkish gay community in the Netherlands









Joyce van de Bildt, recipient of the 2014 Dan David Prize doctoral scholarship, analyzes the issue of homosexuality in the Turkish Dutch community.

"Of the eighty boats participating in the parade at the beginning of August, most eyes were drawn towards the so-called 'Turkish Boat'; the first of its kind to appear in the boat float in Amsterdam as part of its annual Gay Pride celebrations. This unconventional presence also drew criticism and even threats originating from the Turkish community. In particular, the manifestation of national pride in combination with gay pride is questioned."

Read the article in openDemocracy, September 17, 2012


Pierre Nora - Les Lieux de Memoire

170-Year Old Family Saga of Persecution and Disease Leads to Breakthroughs in Alzheimer's Research









"Remember the past ... believe in the future" is how PETER ST. GEORGE-HYSLOP, 2014 laureate, sums up his thought-provoking Dan David Prize lecture given at Tel Aviv University on May 20th.

"Horrendous things happen to humans through disease, religious persecution and genocide; 

However, persistence, stoicism, bravery, strength of character, trust in one's faith, community and family, eventually prevail against these perils."

Listen to the lecture by Prof. St. George-Hyslop 'Biochemical Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease'

Listen to the entire symposium 'Mind and Memory: Biological and Digital' 

Do Computers Have a Soul? Would You Like to Live Forever?








Could a computer have a soul? Why not? says MARVIN MINSKY, 2014 laureate. As to the societal repercussions of AI, he claims Things are going to change alright, and the more people think about it, the better chance that the changes will be good.

"Somewhere down the line, some computers will become more intelligent than most people.

If you left a computer by itself, or a community of them together, they would try to figure out where they came from and what they are. If they came across a book about computer science they would laugh and say “that can’t be right.” And then you’d have different groups of computers with different ideas.

... there will always be some people who don’t like the idea of a limited lifespan, so you have the prospect of being able to take your brain and recode it and jump into a computer and live for 1,000 years instead of 100."

Read the Jerusalem Post interview, May 13, 2014



A visitor from the borderlands between theater and life

Krysztof Czyzewski







Krzysztof Czyzewski won the 2014 Dan David Prize for his artistic and social activity in bridging communities in Poland


" ...uses ancient Greek tragedy to deal with the ethnic-religious-human complexity of that region, where for many years Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and Jews have lived for many years as neighbors — good and bad, together and separately."

 "Czyzewski saw the borderland as a place that makes it possible to clarify relations and nurture a dialogue among the “others” who differ from one another, out of a recognition of that difference and a willingness to deal with the good aspects, and the much worse ones, of being neighbors."

Read the article in Haaretz, May 21, 2014