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2018 Center for Israel Studies

• 70 years of Israeli statehood
• 20 years of CIS 

In 1998, Shimon Peres inaugurated the first center for Israel Studies in the country at American University.

Events & Announcements

Gallery Talk with Israeli artist Dalia Luttwak

Saturday, Sept. 15, 3:00 p.m., at the AU Museum
With the AU museum exhibition Finding a Path—Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak: A Conversation.

Israel News and views: Students-only falafel lunch 

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m., at the Battelle History Lounge
RSVP: Free Falafel Lunch

Israel's Jewish and Democratic Balance: The Nation-State Law

Thursday, September 27th, 6:30 p.m. Reception in the Sukkah
7:00 p.m. Discussion at Washington Hebrew Congregation
Panel Discussion with Dr. Arie Dubnov, Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies, The George Washington University, and Professor Mohammed Wattad, Dean of Law, Zefat Academic College. Moderated by Dr. Lauren B. Strauss, Scholar in Residence and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Jewish Studies Program, American University.
RSVP: Nation-State Discussion

Triadic Coercion: Israel's Targeting of States that Host Nonstate Actors Book Launch

October 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at American University School of International Service Abramson Family Founder's Room
With authors Boaz Atzili (AU) and Wendy Pearlman (Northwestern University).
Free and Open to Public. 
RSVP: Triadic Conversion

"Israel Abroad" Conference

Keynote Address

October 28, 2018, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
At American University East Campus Constitution Hall
Keynote Address by Shira Ruderman, Executive Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation, followed by panel discussion on "Preserving Israeliness for the next generation of Israeli-Americans." Opening Session of "Israel Abroad" conference. Free and Open to Public.

Conference Site & Schedue

Conference Panels

October 29, 2018 9:15-5:30 p.m.
At American University East Campus Constitution Hall
This is the first academic conference to focus on different communities, past and present, real and virtual, of Israelis abroad. Co-sponsored by CIS and Jewish Studies Program.
RSVP: Individual Sessions

About the Center for Israel Studies (CIS)

Students in Israel

AU's Center for Israel Studies (CIS) is a nationally known pioneer and leader in the growing academic field of Israel Studies. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, going beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel's history, vibrant society, culture, multiethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical challenges. The center sponsors frequent public programs, including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits, in addition to the Minor in Israel Studies.

We invite you to be a part of the growth of our center by attending our programs and offering your support. Your commitment and generosity will ensure that CIS will continue to serve as a model throughout the nation in this growing field.

Dedication from Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres at AU Commencement

"Let me congratulate American University on your creation of a Center for Israel Studies. It is a timely and imaginative initiative in exploring Israel's many contributions to human dignity and progress in our country's 50 years of existence. You will help to bring together Israeli and American scholars, writers, artists, and scientists to share their knowledge and face the challenges of the new global era. This is a commendable idea and worthy of the widest support."

—Shimon Peres, former prime minister and president of Israel, giving a speech at AU's commencement after receiving an honorary doctorate.

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