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Melvin Konner is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor at Emory University, where he teaches Anthropology, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and Jewish Studies. His MD and PhD are from Harvard University, where he taught before coming to Emory. He did two years of research on infancy among San (Bushman) hunter-gatherers of Botswana. In addition to Unsettled: An Anthropology of the Jews and The Jewish Body, he wrote The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit, Becoming a Doctor, The Evolution of Childhood (one of The Atlantic's Five Best Books of 2010), and other books. He has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Forward as well as Nature, Science and The New England Journal of Medicine. He has testified at U.S. Senate hearings on health reform and end-of-life issues. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He received the American Anthropological Association's Anthropology in Media Award. He was named "Best Local Intellectual" in Creative Loafing's "Best of Atlanta" for 2004. For a more personal view, see his autobiographical essay at www.jewsandothers.com. If you are interested in anthropology and human nature, you can also visit www.melvinkonner.com.

ARTICLES BY: Melvin Konner


November 21, 2011 7:12 pm
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Israel, The Long View

I'm sitting on the porch of the home of my friends the Selas, in Binyamina, south of Haifa, gazing out on the garden they created,...

September 10, 2011 9:56 pm
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Israel’s Uncertainties

Much has happened since I left Israel in June. First, the feared Gaza flotilla redux fizzled just outside the Greek harbor. Thanks to Israeli diplomacy, Greece...

May 12, 2011 12:11 pm
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Israel Realities: 1

In trying to write about Israel, from Israel, it's often difficult to know where to start. So much seems to happen in such a short...

April 28, 2011 10:05 pm
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Can the Real Israel Survive Its Imagined Versions?

Israel, goes the title of a book by Rich Cohen, Is Real. This message is coming home to me as I get ready for a six-week stay...

April 10, 2011 4:25 pm
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Israel Under Siege: Is It Different This Time?

I haven't written about Israel for a while, partly because I've been uncertain about what I want to say. A picture on the front page of...

Culture

Jay-Z Refutes Accusations of Antisemitic Lyrics: ‘It Was an Exaggeration’

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z has slammed claims that lyrics on his recently released album included...

Hollywood Pays Tribute to Iconic Jewish Comic Jerry Lewis Following His Death at Age 91

A number of celebrities shared tributes to comedic legend Jerry Lewis, who died...

Israel’s Sam Spiegel School Named One of World’s Best Film Academies

The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School has been named one of the...

Features

Palestinian Authority Payments to Terrorists Far Exceed Regular Welfare Payments

Palestinian terrorists and their families are receiving far higher payments than Palestinian welfare...

Jewish Beard Growers Strive to Be the Face of Global Facial Hair Showdown

JNS.org - Visitors to the Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind Museum in Berlin often meet Haim...

With Kurdistan, Israel May Gain ‘Stable, Tolerant’ Ally in Fight Against Islamic Extremism

JNS.org - During the last several years, Israel has witnessed the crumbling...

World

What’s in a Translation? Atlanta School Reflects on ‘Mein Kampf...

Students at a prestigious independent school in Atlanta are reaching the end of a hot summer embroiled in a controversy...

Israel

Israeli PM Netanyahu Meets With Visiting Bipartisan US Congressional Delega...

JNS.org - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Tuesday with a bipartisan delegation from the US Congress, thanking the lawmakers for...

Middle East

Lebanese Beauty Queen Stripped of Title After Israel Visit Revealed

JNS.org – A winner of a Lebanese beauty pageant has been stripped of her title after it was revealed she visited Israel. Dual Swedish-Lebanese citizen Amanda Hanna, who won the Miss Lebanon...

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