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Events in 2012

Home, Imagination, and Malice

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ronit Matalon is a bestselling writer and novelist in Israel. She was born in 1959 to a family of Egyptian-Jewish descent. She studied literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Ms. Matalon has worked as a journalist for Israel television and for the daily Haaretz, covering Gaza and the West Bank during the First Intifada. She has also worked as a critic and book reviewer for Haaretz. At present, she is senior lecturer in Hebrew and comparative literature at Haifa University. Her children's book; A Story that Begins with a Snake's Funeral has been made into a movie. Ms. Matalon has been awarded the prestigious Bernstein Prize (2009) for The Sounds of Our Steps. She is the author of the U.S. published novels Bliss and The One Facing Us.

This event was presented by The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies and
The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies.

At War with Israel: Soviet & East German
Anti-Zionism In the 1970s and 1980s

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jeffrey Herf is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland who studies the intersection of politics and ideas in modern European history. His publications include Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World, The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust, and Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in Two Germanys. His current research examines the Nazi period, and postwar Germany and Europe from 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1989.

Footnote Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Director Joseph Cedar

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. While his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son Uriel, meanwhile, is thrilled to see his father's achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father's. Will he sabotage his father's glory? (PG - 1:45)

The “Tent Movement” and the Future of Israeli Democracy
A lecture by Boaz Gaon

Wednesday, October 3rd

Boaz Gaon is a leading Israeli playwright, journalist, and political activist, and has been one of the leaders of the Israeli social protest movement that began in 2011. He has been a correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv in London and New York, and is the author of numerous plays and books, including the play Return to Haifa, and the book Where America Ends – An Israeli in America,” an account of his experiences as a correspondent in New York. His newest play, The Traitor, based on the Henrik Ibsen play An Enemy of the People, will be presented at Theater J in January 2013.

Click here to download a copy of his powerpoint presentation.

The 2012 Richard and Elizabeth Dubin Lecture
Featuring Chris Wallace

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chris Wallace, an award-winning journalist and host of Fox News Sunday, shared his insights on the upcoming presidential election and its affect on US-Israel relations in particular. With the election just weeks away, Mr. Wallace's talk proved timely and informative.

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Was the Arab-Israeli Conflict Inevitable?
A lecture with Prof. Efraim Karsh

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Efraim Karsh argues, contrary to the received wisdom, that there was nothing inevitable about the Palestinian- Jewish confrontation. Throughout the Mandate era (1920-48), he contends, the periods of peaceful coexistence far exceeded those of violent eruptions and the latter were the work of a small fraction of Palestinian Arabs, most of whom would rather coexist with their Jewish neighbors.

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The Fight Over the Identity of the Israeli Army: Theocratization Versus Liberalization
A Lecture with Prof. Yagil Levy

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Israel Defense Forces, the IDF, is embroiled in a struggle over the identity of its character and is caught between two contradictory trends: liberalization vs. theocratization. It appears that theocratization may prevail, at least in the mid-term period, which would affect the freedom of action of the Israeli government in deploying the military for politically disputed missions.

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Peter Beinart - The Crisis Of Zionism

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This assessment of Israel’s future, by Peter Beinart, the senior political writer for The Daily Beast and former New Republic editor, homes in on the occupation of the West Bank as the main threat to the Zionist dream of a Jewish homeland. Beinart argues that the occupation endangers Israeli democracy and discourages liberal American Jews from supporting Israel.

Sponsored by the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, College of Journalism, Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, and the School of Public Policy Stern Professorship of Civic Engagement

Is Peace Possible? Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations:
A thorough examination of the impediments to and opportunities for Middle East peace will be presented

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Former Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL)     
President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, DC.

Shibley Telhami    
Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland

Senior Fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution.

Yoram Peri     
Director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland
, Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair for Israel Studies

“Is Peace Possible?” will explore the gap between each side’s position on the four core issues of the conflict – borders, security, Jerusalem, and refugees – and evaluate some of the innovative proposals to bridge them.

The lectures are being sponsored by the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and the Anwar Sadat Center for Peace and Development at University of Maryland, College Park.

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