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"To the Gates of Jerusalem" with Richard Breitman

Thursday January 15


Water, Cooperation and Peace in the Middle East

Wednesday, January 21

Recent News & Events



November 20, 2014

An appreciative over-flow audience was treated to an intimate concert of Israeli and American music representing Professor Dinur's personal journey from Israel to America.  AU alumna Mary Voutsas on piano and Brian Prunka on oud joined the AU Chamber Orchestra.  Co-sponsored by CIS, the Department of Performing Arts and AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.


November 17, 2014

Popular Tel Aviv DJ (Soulico), musician and professor Eyal Rob was back by popular demand to give a presentation on the multi-ethnic music scene in Tel Aviv.  Co-sponsored by AU Students for Israel, CIS, AU Hillel, ZBT, AEPHI, AEPI, and SDT.


November 5, 2014

CIS and the Jewish Studies Program presented a panel discussion on antisemitism with Ira Forman, Department of State Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Rabbi Andrew Baker, American Jewish Committee's director of International Jewish Affairs and Abensohn Chair Michael Brenner.  Moderated by Professor Pamela Nadell.

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October 28, 2014

All-day conference with 15 international scholars featuring Moshe Halbertal as keynote speaker.  Co-sponsored by AU Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program with support from the Knapp Family Foundation.  

See event video for Non-Jews in the Jewish State

See event video for Jewish Pluralism

See event video for Israel at the Crossroads of Democracy,Nationalism and Religion



German Restitutions to Israel:
Transitional Justice and Public Debate

October 13, 2014

Professor Norbert Frei (University of Jena, Germany), one of the world's leading experts on Nazi Germany, presented his extensive research on German restitutions to Israeli Holocaust survivors. He discussed the initial resistance to German reparations both in Germany and Israel during the 1950s and 60s, and elaborated on the impact the German reparations had on the Israeli economy and society. American University Professor Richard Breitman highlighted the importance of this work in his response to Professor Frei. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Israel Studies and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with support from the Curt C. and Else Silberman Foundation.

Richard Breitman's Q and A response: View Video

Azerbaijan and the West: The Strategic Importance of Central Asia to Israel and the United States

September 16, 2014

His Excellency Rafael Harpaz, Israeli Ambassador to The Republic of Azerbaijan, and Mammad Talibov, political counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Washington, DC, discussed the strategic importance of Azerbaijan to Israel and the United States. During the event, both Ambassadors highlighted the importance of communication and cooperation for a better future. The  discussion was moderated by KSB Professor Richard Linowes.

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Performance/Discussion with Israeli Choreographer-in-Residence Rachel Erdos

September 11, 2014

Award-winning Israeli choreographer Rachel Erdos completed a weeklong residency with the AU Dance Department with a performance/discussion in the Katzen Arts Center.  Performers included members of Company E (contemporary repertory dance company) and AU Dance students. Ms. Erdos discussed her approach to choreography and how it was influenced by Israeli current events with AU Dance Program Director Melanie George and Paul Emerson, executive director of Company E.  The event ended with a standing ovation and a deeper admiration for the power of dance to connect people.  Co-sponsored by CIS, Department of Performing Arts, Company E and Embassy of Israel.

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"After Bombs and Rockets: Now What?"

September 8, 2014

An appreciative standing room only crowd attended a panel discussion on the Gaza conflict moderated by School of International Service (SIS) Dean James Goldgeier.  Panelists included  Natan Sachs (Brookings Institution), Aaron David Miller (Wilson Center), and Hussein Ibish (American Task Force on Palestine), who mingled with students at the reception after the event. Co-sponsored by CIS and SIS. 

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