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Israel, the U.S. & the Media: Inherent Enemies?

Featuring Aluf Benn

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center; Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Aluf Benn, the Editor-in-chief of Ha'aretz will discuss the relationship between Israel, the U.S, and the media. Professor Yoram Peri, Director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and Professor Dana Priest, Knight Chair in the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism will be joining Mr. Benn in this discussion.

Bedouin Relocation, Negev Land Disputes, and Israeli Government Policies

Featuring Morad Elsana

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 12:30 - 2:00 PM

H.J. Patterson Hall, Room 4120

In January, the Israeli government attempted to demolish the Negev Bedouin village of Ummal-Hiran to create a Jewish town on the site, resulting in three deaths. This is only the most recent incident in the long-running series of land disputes between the Bedouin and the state. This presentation will focus on the state's planning policy in the Negev and its consequences for Jewish-Bedouin coexisitence.

Israel in Morocco: Toursim, Cultural Conversation and Normalization Debates in Morocco, 1960s - Present

Featuring Aomar Boum

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 12:30 - 2:00 PM

H.J. Patterson Hall, Room 2118

How do Jews from Morocco see their heritage and relationship with Morocco today? And how does the Moroccan government see the Jewish citizens?

Israel's Responses to Communist and Leftist Antagonism, 1967-1989

Featuring Professor Jeffrey Herf

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Bioscience Research Building (BRB), Room 1103

From the Six Day War of 1967 to the end of the Cold War in 1987, the Soviet bloc, the East German government, and West German organizations of the radical left attacked the state of Israel's moral legitimacy, justified terrorist attackas against it and supplied Israel's enemies with weapons and training. This talk recalls those assaults but focuses on Jewish leaders in West Germany and Israeli leaders and officals' response, mainly the intervention of Israel's Ambassadors in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council.

The Socio-Economic Logic of Israeli Settlements

Featuring Dr. Danny Gutwein

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Bioscience Research Building (BRB), Room 1103

What is the relationship between the settlements in the occupied territories and Israeli neoliberalsim? It's often not recognized that the settlement project developed in parallel with the dismantling of the Israeli welfare state. The settlements offer generous social services that have been privatized in "Israel proper". They help to mitigate the efforts of the privatization of the Israeli welfare state and thus garner political support for the continuation of the Occupation.

Fertile by Yakir Eliahu Vaknin

Translated by Natalie Fainstein

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

The Ulrich Hall, Tawes Building

Israeli Stage presents "Fertile", a play by Yakir Eliahu Vaknin, translated by Natalie Fainstein, and based on the true story of Zohar Meidan.

This one woman show will blow you away. Actress Ramona Alexander brings energy, nuance, and "impressive talent" to the title role, while seamlessly switching back and forth between portrayals of all the characters in Fertile's life - from a nerdy girl scout leader to a witch doctor, a bubbly sister, a sorrowful mother and a group of pumped-up teenage boys looking to have some fun. All of these characters, full of tragedy and comedy at the same time, make up the rich world you inhabit from the moment the play begins. Become a part of Fertile's struggle; "Israel’s trailblazing drama on gender, identity and womanhood."

The Politics of Procedure: Palestinians and the Peel Commission, 1936-1937

Featuring Dr. Laila Parsons

Friday, February 3, 2017 | 12:00 PM

Francis Scott Key room 2120 (Merrill Room)

Co-Hosted with The Graduate Field Committee for Middle East Studies and the Department of History

The Peel Commission was the first British commission to recommend partition as a way to resolve the intensifying conflict between Arabs and Jews in Palestine. Drawing on the hundreds of archival documents related to the procedures of the commission, this presentation examines how Palestinian and Jewish leaders engaged with issues such as: What should the commission's terms of reference be? In which order should witnesses give testimony to the commission? Should testimony be given in camera or in public?

Dr. Laila Parsons is Associate Professor of History and Islamic Studies at McGill Univeristy. Among her publications are The Druze Between Palestine and Israel, 1947-1949 (2000), and The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Liberation, 1914-1948 (2016).

The Elizabeth and Richard Dubin Family Lecture: How to Restore a Great U.S.-Israel Relationship

Featuring Itamar Rabinovich

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Co-Sponsered with The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies

Mr. Rabinovich will share insights on the current presidential election and its impact on U.S.-Israel relations. With the election just weeks away and nationally televised debates occurring within days, his talk will be timely and informative.

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The Forgotten War: The War of Attrition

Featuring Professor Yoav Gelber

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Susquehanna Hall, Room 4116

We invite you to join us as Professor Yoav Gelber, Professor Emeritus at Haifa Univeristy, and Visitng Professor at American Univeristy discusses the War of Attrition, 1960 to 1970, a prelude to the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Refereshments will be provide, so please RSVP.

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Israel PuppetCinema: Salt of the Earth

Featuring Artist Zvi Sahar

Friday, April 8, 2016 | 8:00 PM

Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 8:00 PM

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center: Kogod Theatre

A thousand pounds of salt become a punishing Middle Eastern desert; plastic tanks barrel down paper streets; and a faceless, nameless puppet emerges a rebel hero in this work by artist Zvi Sahar. Puppetry and hand-painted miniature sets combine with live filmmaking and projected video feeds, as a Lilliputian universe is created and destroyed before our eyes.

In Salt of the Earth, inspired by the bestselling Israeli novel The Road to Ein Harod by Amos Kenan, Sahar and PuppetCinema show us a dystopic world in which our protagonist — fleeing his country’s latest military coup — discovers the meaning of perseverance, survival, and ultimately, freedom.

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"The Dream of My Life was Realized"; Mordecai Anielewicz in History and Memory: Between Command and Leadership

Featuring Dr. Havi Dreifuss

Monday, March 7, 2016 | 12:30 - 2:00 PM

3105 Susquehanna Hall

Co-Sponsered with The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies

Mordecai Anielewicz, the commander of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, is one of the most renowned Jewish heroes of the Holocaust. Yet based on numerous war-time accounts as well as later testimonies, there are some questions regarding when and why he was appointed commander of the ZOB (the Jewish Fighting Organization) that may shed light on hitherto unknown aspects of the Uprising, as well as its commemoration in Israel and throughout the world.

Dr. Havi Dreifuss is an associate professor at the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University and heads the Center for Research on the Holocaust in Poland at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Currently she is a fellow at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, working on “Religious Life during the Holocaust: The Beginning of the End.”

I Shall Not Hate: A Theatrical Presentation and Discussion

Featuring Gaza Doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish

Monday, February 9, 2016 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Stamp Student Union Atrium

The new Mosaic Theater Company of DC is producing I Shall Not Hate based on the memoir of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. Mosiac and the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies are presenting Dr. Abuelaish at the University of Maryland, along with the Palestinian-Israeli actor who portrays him, Gassan Abbas. Abbas will perform excerpts from the play, which tells the story in Gaza and Israel of the extreme challenges facing this man, his family, and his wrenching quest to live and achieve in both societies.

Abbas and Dr. Abuelaish will be joined for discussion with the audience by Yoram Peri, Director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and GIIS journalist-in-residence Shlomi Eldar. At the time of Operation Cast Lead, Eldar was an Israeli TV journalist who took the on-air call that seared the conscience of a nation as his friend Izzeldin sought help from the Israeli missile strike that hit his family home with tragic consequences. They will speak together of life across the boundaries of this conflict.

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Israelis' Trust in the Army in the Military in an Era of New Wars

Featuring Meytal Eran-Jona

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | 12:30 PM

3105 Susquehanna Hall

Between 2001 and 2010, Israel experienced an era of endless wars, involving both High Intensive conflicts and Low Intensive Conflicts, as well as periods of relative quiet. Using public opinion polls on the public’s trust in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted during that time period, Dr. Meytal Eran-Jona will shed light on Israel's civil-military relations. Her talk will explore both stability and change in the Israeli perception of their military, during a decade of increased public criticism towards the IDF.

Yitzhak Rabin's Legacy and Today's Middle East

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 6:30 PM

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

This year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. To honor his legacy, Aaron Miller and Shlomo Ben-Ami will discuss Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, current crises, and the future of the Middle East.  


Aaron David Miller, Vice President of New Initiatives, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Shlomo Ben-Ami, Vice President, Toledo International Center for Peace & former Israeli Foreign Minister.


Prof. Yoram Peri, Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, Director of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be reserved here. Please note that reserving a ticket does not guarantee admission to the lecture, as we are accepting more reservations than we have seats to minimize empty seats. See the ticket reservation page for more information on the ticketing policy for this event.

Thinking about Israeli Society through Visual Culture: the Case of Contemporary Art by Former Soviet Union Immigrants, with Dr. Tal Dekel 

Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM

4213 Art-Sociology Building (Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture)

Dr. Tal Dekel will discuss the work of women artists from the FSU (Former Soviet Union) and demonstrate the ongoing dynamics between newcomers and veteran citizens in Israel, with a particular focus on aspects of the power relations between them. Dr. Dekel will argue for a new understanding of the role expected for women immigrants by the hegemonic group within the nation-state, deriving from a "neo-racism" which aims to define the ethno-national character of the country and its symbolic boundaries.

The discussion will integrates theories from various fields of knowledge – Israel studies, migration studies, political science, gender studies, sociology and artistic analysis. A showcase of artworks will be presented throughout the talk.

Tal Dekel, Ph.D. is visiting UMD from the Department of Art History and the Gender Studies Program at Tel Aviv University, where she specializes in contemporary Israeli culture, with a particular interest in art, gender and transnationalism. Using intersectional analysis, her books and articles discuss agency and identity construction processes (race, class, gender, religion, age, etc.) under conditions of migration.

This event is cosponsored by the Art History and Archaeology Department

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Democracy and Conflict Resolution: The Dilemmas of Israel's Peacemaking

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM
3105 Susquehanna Hall

When it comes to conflict resolution, can democracy do more harm than good? Oded Haklai, an editor of Democracy and Conflict Resolution: The Dilemmas of Israel’s Peacemaking, will discuss how Israel’s domestic political configurations can inhibit attempts to peacefully resolve conflicts. Reflecting on how issues like religious identity, frequent leadership turnover, and government structures matter in terms of conflict resolution, Dr. Haklai will offer policy-relevant and timely ideas for advancing Israel’s capacity to pursue effective peacemaking policies.

Oded Haklai is an associate professor of political studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he teaches courses on Middle East politics, Israel, nationalism and ethnic conflict, and comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on aspects of Jewish Israeli-Palestinian relations, ethnic conflict, and other peace, conflict, and security studies issues. Winner of several prestigious research grants, Haklai has held visiting fellowships at the Truman Institute of the Hebrew University, the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, and the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School, George Washington University.Haklai is the author of Palestinian Ethnonationalism in Israel (2011). 

47 Years of Documentation

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
6137 McKeldin (Special Events Room)

Award-winning director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz will deliver a lecture accompanied by footage of Hebron taken over the last 50 years, raising questions on documentation, history, and politics.

Program Sponsors
Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, The Miller Center for Historical Studies, The Louis L. Kaplan Chair of Jewish History, Film Studies, and School for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The Israeli Elections: Their Meaning and Consequences

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
6137 McKeldin (Special Events Room)

Experts will discuss the Israeli election and the impact that the results may have on domestic and international issues.


Yoram Peri, Kay Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

Shlomo Brom, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies, and Visiting Fellow, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Moderator - Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, Director, Arab-Israeli Programs, US Institute of Peace

A video recording of this event can be viewed below.

The Constitutional Significance of the Jewishness of Israel
Seminar with Professor Ariel Bendor

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 12:30 - 2:00 PM
3105 Susquehanna Hall

What is the constitutional significance of Jewishness in Israeli law, and how does this significance impact Israel’s democratic nature? Israel Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor Ariel Bendor will dissect this issue and answer questions about Israeli law.

An Evening with Sayed Kashua

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Prince George's Room, Stamp Student Union

The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies welcome Sayed Kashua to UMD!

Sayed Kashua is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, author, and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humorous columns in Hebrew. Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs , Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular (published in English by Grove Atlantic). Kashua also writers a satirical weekly column in Hebrew for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. In a tongue-in-cheek style, he addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show “Arab Labor,” now in its fourth season. Kashua is a winner of the prestigious Berstein Prize and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in Literature in 2004. His novel Dancing Arabs has been made into a feature film, and premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival.

Books will be available for sale. This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. Click the buttom below to be taken to Eventbrite to register for this event. Include the name and email address for every person in your party. Please contact Samantha Levine at with any questions or concerns.

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Can Hawkish Leaders Make Peace? Israeli Prime Ministers and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking
featuring Prof. Guy Ziv

Monday, February 9, 2015 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Benjamin Banneker Room, Stamp Student Union

Dr. Guy Ziv, Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service and an alumnus of UMD, will discuss his recently published book on how leaders' personalities impact their states' foreign policies. Ziv's work focuses in particular on Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres' dramatic shift from hawkish strategist to dovish peacemaker. Ziv will apply his research findings to other leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and discuss the relevance of his work to the upcoming elections in Israel and their implications for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Books will be for available for purchase and lunch will be served.

Click here to learn more about the policy implications of Dr. Ziv's book.

Dr. Guy Ziv is an assistant professor in the School of International Service's U.S. Foreign Policy Program at American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Ziv received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland with the mentorship of Shibley Telhami. He has also previously taught in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. His current research focuses on foreign policy decision-making, the influence of think tanks in U.S. foreign policy, and the role of political elites in the Arab-Israeli conflict. His op-eds have appeared in both American and Israeli newspapers, such as The Baltimore Sun, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Newsday, USA Today, and Ynet News, and he writes a blog for the Huffington Post. Dr. Ziv has a background in policy, having worked at the U.S. Department of State, on Capitol Hill, and for leading non-profit organizations that promote American involvement in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

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A video recording of this event can be viewed below.

Screening of Precious Life

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Eaton Theatre in Knight Hall

With the help of a prominent Israeli journalist, Precious Life chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, who suffers from an incurable genetic disease. Each must face their most profound biases as they inch towards a possible friendship in an impossible reality.

Shlomi Eldar with Prof. Yoram Peri and Prof. Mark Feldstein

The 2014 Dubin Lecture featuring Ambassador Ron Dermer

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Please join us for the Seventh Annual Richard and Elizabeth Dubin Lecture. We are honored that our distinguished guest this year will be Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s closest political advisor.

Ron Dermer was appointed as Israel's Ambassador to the United States in July 2013. In 2004, he co-authored with Natan Sharansky the best-selling book, “The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror,” which has been translated into ten languages. Having previously served in various diplomatic and governmental posts, Ambassador Dermer will speak on the nature of the Israel-US relationship and Israel’s strategic role in a rapidly changing Middle East.

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Israeli Stage presents Oh, God

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
The Atrium, Stamp Student Union

On October 22, Israeli Stage brings its touring production of the witty and poignant play "Oh, God" to UMD! In this hilarious and touching play, a psychotherapist named Ella (Maureen Keiller), single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new, desperate patient, God (Will Lyman). After the performance, there will be a brief Q & A with the performers and director, Guy Ben-Aharon. Click here to view the poster for this performance.

Maureen Keiller with Will Lyman

An Open Forum on the War in Gaza

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
The Atrium, Stamp Student Union


Speak your mind and ask your burning questions. Experts will react and explain.

On the platform:

  • Prof. Shibley Telhami - Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and Middle East expert
  • Prof. Yoram Peri – Director of GIIS, Former advisor to Prime Minister Rabin
  • Prof. Ariel Bendor – Expert on law and war on terrorism, Israel Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor at GIIS.
  • Dr. Khaled Elgindy – Former advisor to the Palestinian Authority, fellow at Brookings Institution
  • Shlomi Eldar – Israeli journalist and expert on Hamas; Journalist-in-Residence at GIIS

Photos credit: Stephanie Natoli and The Diamondback

This program is co-sponsored by the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development.

You can view a recording of this event below.

Israeli Musics; Beyond Nationalist Signifiers
Featuring Prof. Assaf Shelleg

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 5:15 - 6:45 PM
Leah M. Smith Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Despite the proliferation of musical styles that stemmed from Israel’s ethnic proximities, its histories have been punctuated by political dates or “representations”. With nationalism as the main yardstick by which music is measured, narratives consisted of responses to Israeli wars or otherwise formulations whose easily identifiable musical citations rang the bells-and-whistles of the Zionist project. Examining the mechanism of Hebrew Culture in pre- and post-statehood years, Assaf Shelleg’s talk will separate national rhetoric from processes of cultural hybridization so as to disclose cases in which music seeps across political and aesthetic borders to undermine both nationalist edifices as well as categories such as folk, popular, and art musics.

Assaf Shelleg is the Schusterman Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology and Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He was previously the visiting Efroymson Scholar in the Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at Washington University in St. Louis. Shelleg specializes in twentieth-century Jewish and Israeli art music and his research has been published in some of the leading journals in both musicology and Israel Studies. A trained pianist, he is also a regular musical contributor to Ha'aretz newspaper. Shelleg’s book, Jewish Contiguities and the Soundtrack of Israeli History, is scheduled to appear this fall with Oxford University Press.

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You can view a recording of Prof. Shelleg's lecture below.

National narratives, truth telling and the role of the historian during national conflicts: the Palestinian-Israeli case
featuring Prof. Hillel Cohen

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM
3105 Susquehanna Hall, University of Maryland

Anyone who reads accounts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot but be intrigued by the contradictory narratives of events as recounted by historians from different perspectives. While it is hardly surprising that competing national movements produce competing narratives of conflicts between them, still it raises questions with regard to the motivations of historians to write in a certain way and to the role of the historian in times of conflict. In this lecture focusing on the historiography of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Prof. Hillel Cohen will unpack and analyze the tension between national loyalty and the historian's commitment to the 'truth', and stress the role of the historian’s own sentiments and feelings in determining his or her perspective.

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Was Harry Truman a Zionist - And Why It Matters Today
featuring John Judis, The New Republic

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM
1120 Susquehanna Hall, University of Maryland

Harry Truman is celebrated for recognizing the new state of Israel, but there is evidence he was never comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state, and would have preferred some sort of Arab-Jewish federation. Largely because of vigorous lobbying by American Zionists urging support for a Jewish state, Truman gave up on the idea of a federation, and the U.S. was the first country to recognize Israel. Judis argues that the campaign to persuade Truman anticipated today’s “Israel Lobby.”

John B. Judis is Senior Editor at the New Republic. His new book, Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict, deals with the role played by the American Zionist leadership in influencing US policy towards the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine and subsequent events.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, the Department of American Studies, and the Department of History.

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Israel’s National Security – Challenges in a Disintegrating Middle East
featuring Professor Dan Schueftan, Georgetown University

Monday, March 10 2014 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

2110 Taliaferro Building

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You can view a video of Prof. Schueftan's presentation below.

The Jewish and Chinese National Movements:  Some Observations
featuring Dr. Aron Shai, Professor of East Asian Studies and founder of the Confucius Institute at Tel Aviv University, Israel

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 | 4:00-5:30 PM

Juan Ramon Jimenez Room, Stamp Student Union

Both China and Israel have experienced complex national movements over the past 100 years. Are they so different, or might there be more in common than first jumps to mind? This reflective presentation by Dr. Shai will offer insights into the similarities and differences between Israel’s and China’s concepts of nationalism, the rise of their leaders, the personalities of these personages, the processes they needed to undergo to transform their countries, related military matters, anti-colonial efforts, struggles toward liberation, new politics and solutions, all based on very deep historical, spiritual, and national heritages.

Co-sponsored by:
The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and the Confucius Institute, University of Maryland

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My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

featuring Ari Shavit

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 3:45-5:15 PM

Prince George's Room, Stamp Student Union


An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today


Not since Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family’s story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts: both personal and national, both deeply human and of profound historical dimension.

Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli journalist, a columnist for Haaretz, and a commentator on Israeli public television.

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