American University Washington DC: Academic Conference: “Israel in a Time of Global Change” and Other Upcoming Events

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Academic Conference: “Israel in a Time of Global Change”

Monday, May 17, 8:00 am. to 4:30pm.

American University’s Mary Graydon Center (MGC), Room 3-6

American University’s Center for Israel Studies is hosting the second annual academic conference cosponsored with The American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), “Israel in a Time of Global Change.” The all-day conference will be held at American University in Washington, DC. Twelve of Israel’s leading scholars, all part of AICE’s Visiting Israeli Scholars Program, will address topics such as

  • “Complexities of Israeli Citizenship: The Jewish and Democratic Nature of the State”
  • “Are Images from Israel ‘Jewish’?-A Filmmaker’s Perspective”
  • “Maintaining Jewish Identity in an Era of Globalization.”

Free to the public; breakfast and lunch included. Register at

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Ambassador Michael Oren addressed a large crowd of American University students, faculty and administration on April 22 at American University’s Katzen Arts Center. The event was cosponsored by AU’s Center for Israel Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, School of International Studies, School of Public Affairs, AU Hillel and AU Students for Israel. Ambassador Oren was introduced by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University. The speech and extensive question and answer session was widely covered in the American University Press ( )

Other Upcoming Events

Panel Discussion: Is there Free Speech in – and about – the Middle East?

Thursday, May 13, 7:15 pm American University’s Kay Spiritual Life Center

In some countries, the wrong kind of speech can land you in prison. In other places, speech is free, but
communities strive to impose their own unofficial constraints on what can and cannot be said. Can we talk about the Middle East in a balanced way when the freedom to criticize varies so dramatically between countries? Do inhibitions and insecurities in the American Jewish community skew what “can be said” even in a free system? This panel explores the challenges to free expression in Israel, in Arab lands, and in debates on the Israeli-Arab conflicts in the U.S.

Panelists (invited) include Rita Simon, American University School of Public Affairs and Washington College of Law; Dina Guirguis, Executive Director, Voices for a Democratic Egypt; Lara Friedman, Director of Policy and Government Relations, Americans for Peace Now; Dr. Tawfiq Hamid, Senior Fellow and Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Naomi Paiss, Director of Communications, New Israel Fund. Moderated by Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Adas Israel Congregation. Cosponsored by Jewish Study Center and AU Hillel.

We hope to see you soon. Please call if you have any questions about these events or the Center for Israel Studies.

Warm regards,

Russell Stone and Laura Cutler

Laura Katz Cutler
Deputy Director
Center for Israel Studies
American University, Battelle Tompkins T27
Washington DC 20016-8072
202-885-3780 office
301-980-7182 cell
202-885-1318 fax

American University Washington DC: Academic Conference: “Israel in a Time of Global Change” and Other Upcoming Events

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