"MOM AND DAD I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU" WITH ASSI AZAR
April 21, 2015
Israeli media celebrity and gay activist Assi Azar came to AU to screen his documentary, Mom and Dad I Have Something to Tell You about the process of coming out as a gay man in Israel. The film is told from the perspective of parents reactions to their children revealing that they were gay. Co-sponsored by CIS, AU Students for Israel, Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
"ORDER FROM CHAOS: THE CHALLENGE OF RESTORING ORDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST" WITH MARTIN INDYK
April 1, 2015
Ambassador Martin Indyk gave the Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture to a standing room only crowd. Two-time U.S. Ambassador to Israel and current executive vice-president of the Brookings Institution, Indyk spoke about the history of the region, and the current involvement of countries like the United States and Britain. Ambassador Indyk concluded his lecture by stating that the best way for the United States to restore order in the Middle East is relying on its traditional partners in the region. The lecture was co-sponsored by CIS and the School of Public Affairs (SPA) in memory of SPA professor Amos Perlmutter, who taught at the University for nearly thirty years, until his death in 2001.
Nathan Guttman, Washington Bureau Chief of The Forward, andNatan Sachs, Fellow for Middle East Policy at the Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Instiution, discussed the results and implications of the March 17 Israeli elections. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Michael Brenner
"THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT IN AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE" WITH JONATHAN RYNHOLD
February 23, 2015
Bar-Ilan University Professor Jonathan Rynhold discussed his new book, the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of American attitudes towards Israel. According to Rynhold, while there remains widespread American support for Israel, there is a growing gap between the U.S. parties on Israel. He also spoke about a distinction between warm feelings towards Israel in both parties and opinions on Israeli policies. Differences between the parties play out on issues like the Iranian nuclear threat and settlement construction.
SIS Professor Guy Ziv discussed his recently published book on how leaders' personalities impact their states' foreign policies. Ziv's work focuses on Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres' dramatic shift from hawkish strategist to dovish peacemaker. He applied his research findings to other leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed the relevance of his work to the upcoming Israeli elections and their implications for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Co-sponsored by CIS, SIS, and US Foreign Policy Program.
Students who participated in the School of International Service's 2014 Graduate Practicum "Water, Cooperation and Peace in the Middle East" gave a detailed presentation on their research findings from their trip to Israel last summer. Co-Sponsored by CIS and SIS.
"TO THE GATES OF JERUSALEM" WITH RICHARD BREITMAN AND NORMAN GODA
January 15, 2015
AU professor Richard Breitman and University of Florida professor Norman Goda discussed their recently published third volume of James G. McDonald's edited diaries and papers, which covers the years 1945-47. They offered the audience an insider's view into the deliberations of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, along with insights into President Truman's decision to break with the British government on Palestine. Co-sponsored by CIS, Jewish Studies Program, and History Department.
Read more about Richard Breitman's book here.
"A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC" WITH YANIV DINUR AND THE AU CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
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.
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.
"HOW JEWISH IS THE JEWISH STATE? RELIGION AND SOCIETY IN ISRAEL"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This September, the Center for Israel Studies will pivot its attention to the relationship between Israel and Europe. Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies, will teach a new course on “Europe and Israel”.