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April 6, 2017: The Mitzpeh
Visiting UCLA professor discusses Moroccan Jewish identity, effects of tourism
The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies welcomed Aomar Boum, a socio-cultural anthropologist, Wednesday to discuss the effects of the integral history of Jewish culture and presence in Morocco and other Arab countries on the people and governments. (read more)
February 22, 2017: The Huffington Post
"Fertile,” Nature’s Diversity, and the Marginalization of Us All
Ramona beautifully explored the emotions that engulf such a human being, and her particular condition is ultimately beside the point. Zohar is, in many ways, everywoman, since no one is an ideal woman or man, and no one can compete with the ideal standards of society. This play, while focusing on one woman’s story, tells us some universal truths. (read more)
February 10, 2016: Washington Jewish Week
In Maryland, two friends relive four minutes of terror
Israeli journalist Shlomi Eldar and Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish along with a group of 50 students and other attendees relive the horror that occured when an Israeli missile hit Dr. Abueliash's home killing four of his daughters in 2009. (read more)
November 10, 2015: The Diamondback
Visiting scholar presents study on Israeli military's reputation
Visitng scholar Meytal Eran-Jona spoke on the Israeli public's trust and reputation in their military forces better known as the Israeli Defense Forces or IDF, in her lecture to a group of students and faculty alike. (read more)
February 25, 2015: The Diamondback
Writer Sayed Kashua addresses life as Palestinian citizen of Israel in talk
Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Arab author and journalist, spoke in the Prince George's room in the Stamp Student Union and showed an episode of his show "Arab Labor" to a crowd of about 80 people. (read more)
November 6, 2014: The Diamondback
Israeli ambassador visits Univ. of Md., discusses differences in countries
Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., delivered a speech and answered questions Wednesday amid both support and criticism from about 250 students and faculty gathered at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. (read more)
October 1, 2014
This year, GIIS welcomes its first Journalist-in-Residence, Shlomi Eldar.
Mr. Eldar just completed a fellowship in the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center and has a masters degree in Middle Eastern studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As Journalist-in-Residence, Shlomi will participate in Gildenhorn Institute events to share his expertise on Gaza and Hamas, including our recent Open Forum on the War in Gaza, and will publish research papers on the GIIS website. He will serve as a resource for professors who wish to invite him to their classes and will be available to speak with students about his field of expertise.
Mr. Eldar is a contributing writer for the Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse covering Palestinian Authority and the surfacing of Hamas. He has published two important books: “Eyeless in Gaza” in 2005, and “Getting to Know Hamas” in 2012.
Aside from writing, Mr. Eldar has been a successful and influential media journalist in television over the last twenty tears. He has worked on Israel’s channels 1 and 10 covering controversial and profound stories. For this work he received the Sokolov Prize, Israel’s most important media award, in 2007.
Perhaps what stands out most in his career is the documentary he directed called, Precious Life, a story of a sick boy caught in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This film was a selection of the 2010 Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals and won the Ophir Award, Israel’s Oscar for documentary filmmaking. In cooperation with the Merrill School of Journalism, the Gildenhorn Institute will host a screening of this film on December 2. You can view the trailer below.
September 4, 2014: The Diamondback
Students debate volatile situation in Gaza
The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and the Anwar Sadat Chair of Peace and Development cosponsored the event An Open Forum on the War in Gaza. (read more)
February 25, 2014: The Diamondback
Israel studies course pairs University of Maryland students with Tel Aviv professor
When university President Wallace Loh visited the Middle East in April, he returned with some new additions.
Loh signed academic partnerships with several universities in Israel and Jordan in an effort to globalize this university and strengthen its relationships with those institutions.
Almost a year after the agreement, university students are able to learn with students at Tel Aviv University through video-conference software in an Israel studies class. (read more)
February 6, 2014: The Diamondback
Israeli author encourages criticism, pride in country
Ari Shavit, a columnist and reporter for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, discusses his book about the complexity of Israel’s history. (read more)
January 23, 2014: Washington Jewish Week
UMd. student receives Gildenhorn Scholarship
University of Maryland's Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies recently awarded junior Michelle Thomas with its first Gildenhorn Family Scholarship in recognition of her pursuit of an Israel Studies minor. (read more)
December 21, 2013: UMD Administration Opposes ASA Boycott of Israeli Institutions
Statement of the University of Maryland President and Provost Opposing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
We firmly oppose the call by some academic associations—American Studies Association; Asian-American Studies Association—to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Any such boycott is a breach of the principle of academic freedom that undergirds the University of Maryland and, indeed, all of American higher education.
Faculty, students, and staff on our campus must remain free to study, do research, and participate in meetings with colleagues from around the globe. The University of Maryland has longstanding relationships with several Israeli universities. We have many exchanges of scholars and students. We will continue and deepen these relationships. (read more)
November 2013: The Mitzpeh
Jane Harman talks Israel Security at UMD lecture
Former Rep. Jane Harman believes in a few things: securing Israel’s borders, structuring a transitioning government for Syria, and sending love letters to Secretary of State John Kerry.
Harman, now the director, president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, shared her thoughts on Israel’s security as an essential aspect of the U.S.’s foreign affairs on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the “Seismic Shifts in the Middle East” lecture. (read more)
October 23, 2013: The Diamondback
Former congresswoman speaks on changing Middle East
From the nuclear technology in Iran to chemical weapons in Syria and conflict between Israel and Palestine, tension and turmoil in the Middle East dominate international headlines.
Last night, Jane Harman, a nine-term former congresswoman from California, spoke about these issues to an audience of about 200 people in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in an event called “Seismic Shifts in the Middle East,” part of an annual series held by the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies. (read more)
May 14, 2013: Americans for Peace Now reviews Israel 2023
A recent review of the second installment of Shlomo Hasson's Israel 2023 monograph praised the publication as an invaluable contribution to increasing our understanding of the dilemmas facing Israel, and to increasing thereby the possibility of informed and intelligent debate. (read more)
April 24, 2013: University of Maryland and Tel-Aviv University Establish Academic Partnership
In April 2013, UMD President Wallace Loh and GIIS Director Yoram Peri joined Governor O’Malley on a trade mission to the Middle East. The delegation established a new academic partnership with Tel Aviv University, forging ties based on a shared dedication to international engagement. The agreement paves the way for a wide variety of cooperative efforts, including: exchange of faculty and students for research, teaching, and study; jointly taught courses utilizing online technologies; joint research activities; exchange of scholars for seminars, conferences and other academic meetings; and exchange of scholarly publications and other information, including library collections and services. One of the foremost priorities of the new partnership is the development of Israel Studies programs, and the two universities are formulating a joint online course, or “global classroom,” to allow students both in Israel and College Park to participate in the same course simultaneously.
In foreground, signing: University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh, left, and Rector of Tel Aviv University, Professor Aron Shai, right.
In background, left-right: Michele Eastman, Assistant President and Chief of Staff (UMD); Dr. Ross Lewin, Associate Vice President for International Affairs (UMD); Dr. Charles Caramello, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School (UMD); Dr. Raanan Rein, Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and Vice President of Tel Aviv University; and Professor Yoram Peri, the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies (UMD).
April 22, 2013: The Passing of Jack Kay
The Joseph B and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies mourns the passing of Jack Kay, benefactor of the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, and the Barbara and Jack Kay Graduate Program in Israel Studies.
Abraham S. Kay was born in Lithuania in 1899 and came to Washington D.C. as a child. He left school at age 12, but proved a successful businessman. His Kay Construction Company thrived on work in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area. His son Jack followed in his father's footsteps. Born in 1925, Jack and his father were pioneers in developing the Maryland suburbs after World War II, including such communities as Kemp Mill Village.
Jack Kay graduated from Maryland in 1947, and became a business and community leader, as well as a dedicated philanthropist in his own right. He was a resident of Chevy Chase, Md. and Palm Beach, Fla. His business interests included a real estate management firm, Kay Management. He was honored for his philanthropic efforts with a number of prestigious awards from the Jewish community
May his memory be for a blessing.
UMD-UMB Collaboration Making Middle East Debut
University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh will expand research and academic partnerships in Israel – one of the world’s most entrepreneurial nations – as he accompanies Governor Martin O’Malley on a trade mission to the region. Also, Loh will forge UMD’s first ties with Jordan, during his week in the Middle East. (read more)
Governor Martin O'Malley and GIIS Director Yoram Peri in Israel.
November 6, 2012: Huffington post
America's voting system isn't the only democratic model around. What do other democracies do? Is it possible that there are more democratic ways to run an election?
November 3, 2012: Associated Press
In Israel, media stars are turning to politics
They spent their journalistic careers analyzing, covering and skewering Israel's politicians. Now, a striking number are vying to join their ranks. (read more)
September 10, 2012: NPR
Israeli Perspectives On Iran
Some in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have been speaking out about the need to act aggressively against Iran, with or without the support of the U.S. But many Israelis, including some in the military, do not share this view. Please join us to talk about the range of public opinion within Israel over how to respond to Iran's nuclear program. (click to listen or read the transcript)
June 16, 2011: Haaretz
Keeping it academic
About six years ago, Martin H. Blank, the chief operating office of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, approached the University of California, Berkeley, where three generations of his family had studied, with an offer to establish a center for Israel studies. He was politely informed that, politically, it wasn't the "right time" for it. (read more)
February 28, 2011: InTheMoment
Israel Next on Arab Revolutionary Agendas
On January 1, no one would have predicted protesters in Tahrir Square would oust Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gadhafi’s iron grip over Libya would start slipping away. Could an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement be the next game-changing event in the Middle East? (read more)
February 23, 2011: Washington Jewish Week
Values clash - Jews hypocritical on democracy in Middle East?
As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime collapsed earlier this month, many Jewish groups were quick to release statements awash in optimism and hope. But simmering beneath these rosy outlooks was a trepidation that true democracy might turn a region already unfriendly to Israel all the more hostile. (read more)
January 24, 2011: The Huffington Post
This week, Israel's Labor Party chairman Ehud Barak left the party along with four of his Knesset colleagues to form a small new party that immediately joined Prime Minister Netanyahu's ruling coalition. This move was seen as another tactical maneuver in the Byzantine world of Israeli coalition politics. (read more)
November 2, 2010: Clarice Smith Center blog
International Relations: Now Served in the Lobby
On Thursday, October 14th, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren gave an informative, educational, and inspiring speech on the relationship of the United States and Israeli governments. This occurred in none other than the Dekelboum Concert Hall at CSPAC. The lecture itself was a peaceful event which brought together students and faculty from all different backgrounds to learn about an incredibly important issue. (read more)
October 18, 2010: The Diamondback
Guest column: Standing for justice
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's job is to make Israel look good, regardless of the truth. And when the United States is giving Israel about $3 billion in military aid every year, it is in Oren's best interest to make this relationship seem special and mutually beneficial. (read more)
October 15, 2010: The Diamondback
A Speech Marked by Silence