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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...

Features

Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season

JNS.org - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream

JNS.org - As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been propagating the idea of...

Reminiscing: Israel at 70

I celebrated my 12th birthday one week before the birth of the State of Israel. I was about to begin lessons...

World

In Wake of Livingstone Resignation, UK Jewish Groups and MPs Say More Needs...

British Jewish leaders and MPs have hailed former London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s decision to resign from the Labour Party in...

Israel

Scholar: Abbas Deliberately Chose to Be Photographed With Antisemitic Carto...

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas deliberately chose to be photographed reading a newspaper with an antisemitic cartoon facing the camera,...

Middle East

Doctor: Hospitalized Palestinian Authority President Abbas Has Lung Infecti...

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is suffering from a lung infection and could remain in hospital for several days, Palestinian...

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