Audio and Video Highlights
Ari Shavit, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Daniel Byman: A High Price - The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counter-terrorism [Video]
Past Events and Podcasts
Opened February 13, 2014
at the Rose Art Museum
Mika Rottenberg is an Israeli video and installation artist born in Buenos Aires in 1976. In conjunction with her solo exhibition she received the Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter award and spent several days in residency on the Brandeis campus. Public events included an artist talk and reception that were part of the "Art and Gender: Global Perspectives" Lecture Series.
Funded by the Brandeis Arts Council, presented by the Department of Fine Arts with Women & Gender Studies and cosponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.
"Six Million and One"
Special Screening and Q&A with Director David Fisher
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Documentary filmmaker David Fisher engaged with the audience at the Wasserman Cinematheque following the special screening of his film, Six Million and One. The award-winning film follows David and his siblings as they retrace the journey of their late father Joseph during the Holocaust.
On Friday, January 31, he spoke to the Schusterman Scholars Seminar about the making of documentary films in Israel and what happens when the private becomes public.
Cosponsored by the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund, and the Program for Film, Television & Interactive Media at Brandeis.
Meet the Author: Ari Shavit
My Promised Land The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Monday, January 27th
Ari Shavit, Haaretz columnist and public intellectual, spoke to a full house at Sherman Hall at Brandeis about his bestselling book, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition, his book asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? Can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present.
Cosponsored by the Israel Institute.
Wednesday, October 23rd
Presentations in Brandeis classes
- "Israel: Art and Politics - A Love Story," in Prof. Gannit Ankori's Israeli Art class.
- "The Workshop," in Prof. Peter Kalb's Contemporary Art class; Designing the Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Two crowded classrooms were held captive by talks given by artist Gilad Ratman, himself a lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem. In explaining the methodology in developing his art pieces and exploring the meaning of "Israeliness" in art, he discussed the role of the media in marketing what is Israeli whereas his own interest lies in finding the primordial essence of being human. He is captivated by the similarity between land and skin in creating a border or boundary, noting that video too is about the surface of things. More...
Thursday, October 17
Boston Museum of Science
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies collaborates with Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies to offer a special program for high-school educators in the Boston area. Through discussion with scholars and examination of the large-scale exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls at Boston's Museum of Science, secondary school educators of social studies and physics have an opportunity to explore the significance of these artifacts, as well as intersections with contemporary technology and politics.
The opening lecture provides an overview of the content and historical context of the scrolls. Following the museum visit, educators participate in online webinars on the science behind the revealing the scrolls and the politics of excavation and claims of antiquity. More...
Brandeis-BGU International Workshop for Scholars
Organizers: Ilana Szobel and Hamutal Tsamir
October 1-2, 2013
This workshop explored the ways in which Hebrew literature represents, constructs and struggles with various forms of desire, addressing the juxtaposition of poetics and desire in the context of ideology, nationalism, Judaism, modernity, sexuality, passion, and power. The scholars workshop takes place in Hebrew with one English-language session open to the general public. To see more, click here.
Sponsored by the Bronfman Philanthropies grant for the Brandeis-Israel Collaborative Research Initiative, with the support of The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the NEJS department.
Omer Fast: 5000 Feet is the Best
Rose Art Museum
September 17 - November 3rd, 2013
Israeli-born artist Omer Fast kicked off a new multi-year series at the Rose Art Museum called "Rose Video." First shown at the 2011 Venice Biennale, 5000 Feet is Best opens up a discussion about one of the most pressing issues of today - drone surveillance and warfare. More about the artist...
Schusterman Center and UC Berkeley
Educator Institute on Israel and World Affairs
August 12-16, 2013 at UC Berkeley
Schusterman Center and UC Berkeley faculty from their History Social Science Project have teamed up to offer an SIIS-like program for high school and community college educators. Taking place at UC Berkeley August 12-16, the program provides teaching tools about Israel for a world history curriculum.
See more here.
Announced August 2013
A project of the Rose Art Museum and the Israel Museum has been awarded a Bronfman Brandeis-Israel Research Collaboration Award. The first phase in a series of research-based, thematic exhibitions - accompanied by scholarly publications - will be featured at both museums. Brandeis participants will be Christopher Bedford, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose, and Gannit Ankori, chair in Israeli art in the Department of Fine Arts and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Israel Museum participants will be Mira Lapidot, Yulla and Jaques Lipchitz Chief Curator of the museum, and Amitai Mendelsohn, curator of the David Orgler Department of Israeli Art.
March 12, 2013
It was standing room only at a talk on the work of beloved Israeli poet Dahlia Ravikovitch, by Ilana Szobel, assistant professor on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair in Hebrew Literature. Her book, A Poetics of Trauma: The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch, was recently co-published by the HBI Series on Jewish Women and the Schusterman Series on Israel Studies.
"Zionism in the Twenty-First Century" Draws Scholars to Brandeis
February 17-18, 2013
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies hosted the scholar's conference "Zionism in the Twenty-First Century," on February 17-18th at Brandeis. Over 100 scholars, from the Boston area and as far away as China and the Ukraine, braved the snowstorm to attend the two-day series of lectures and discussion. Keynotes were given by Israel Prize winner Anita Shapira and Dan David Prize winner Leon Wieseltier. Half of the attendees were university professors and fellows of the Summer Institute for Israel Studies, who regularly gather online or at Brandeis to pursue continued advancement of the field.
The event was cosponsored by the Israel Institute.
Panel Discussion: The Israeli Election and its Regional Implications
January 16th, 2013
Professor Ilan Troen moderated a panel discussion with fellow Brandeis Professors Shai Feldman and Yehudah Mirsky, joined by Dr. Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine.
Click here for a video of the event.
Dor Guez: Artist in Residence100 Steps to the Mediterranean
September 20th-December 9th, 2012, the Rose Art Museum opened 100 Steps to the Mediterranean, a solo exhibition of photography and video installations by Dor Guez, one of the most compelling emerging artists in the Middle East. This first major museum show for him in the United States was co-curated by Gannit Ankori and Dabney Hailey.
Artist Talk & Catalogue Launch
The Rose Art Museum
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
An illustrated catalogue with essays by the artist, the curators – Gannit Ankori and Dabney Hailey - and Samir Srouji, a Boston architect and artist, was launched on October 30th at the Rose in conjunction with a public talk by the artist.
Exposures: Photography and the Politics of Looking
Wednesday, October 31st
A mini-symposium at the Rose Art Museum, including lectures by Andres Zervigon, Professor of Photography at Rutgers University, and Catherine Cisse van den Muijsenbergh, director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, the Netherlands, followed by a panel discussion reflecting upon photography, its uses and contexts. Participants include Prof. Ilan Troen, Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Dor Guez, Dabney Hailey and Prof. Gannit Ankori.
Workshops with the artist and/or his work have been scheduled with Brandeis classes and centers, some of which connect Guez’s work with social justice initiatives and some to his engagement with identity, family and memory.
The exhibition and programs are co-sponsored by the Schusterman Center, the Rose Art Museum, the International Center for Ethics, Justice & Public Life, Artis – Contemporary Israeli Art Fund, the Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist in Residency Annual Award Program, the Lois Foster Exhibition Fund and the Office of the Provost, Brandeis University.
For more about the artist, click here.
Cosponsored Events, Fall 2012
The Law in These Parts
Monday, November 12th
This documentary film examines the military lawyers and judges charged with developing and administering a legal system in the West Bank and Gaza. Screening is followed by Q&A with director Ra'anan Aleandrowicz. Cosponsored by the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund and the Film, Television and Interactive Media Program at Brandeis.
Israel at the Crossroads: Conversation with Chief US Correspondent for Haaretz
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
An "off the record" conversation with Natasha Mozgovaya, chief U.S. correspondent for Haaretz, on the turbulence within and across the Israeli borders, the U.S.-Israel diplomatic dance, and the changing face of Israeli society.
The talk was moderated by Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History. The event is cosponsored by the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.
Orchestra of Exiles
Thursday, September 20th
Discussion with director Josh Aronson after a special screening at the Wasserman Cinematheque. "He rescued some of the world's greatest musicians to create one of the world's best orchestras..."
Program co-sponsored with the Program on Film, Television and Interactive Media and the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund.
Our Test Grows out of Their Weakness: Israel and the Security Challenge of the Feeble Lebanese State 1968-2000
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
A discussion with Ehud Eiran, department of International Relations, Haifa University and former assistant to former Prime Minister Ehud Barak's Foreign Policy Advisor. The political instability in the wake of the “Arab Spring” reintroduces the threat posed to Israel not by the might of its neighbors, but rather by their weakness. The talk explored the various strategies Israel used between the years 1968 and 2000 against similar threats that emerged in the wake of Lebanon’s internal crisis.
To Be on the 'Right Side of History': The Concept and Praxis of Revolution in Early Islamic Times
March 15, 2012
Jacob Lassner, Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization, Northwestern University, will discuss his research. The program is sponsored by the Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies program, The Crown Center for Middle East Studies and the Schusterman Center.
Art and Memory: Moving Images
March 6, 2012
In this joint program with Fine Arts and Film Studies, internationally acclaimed artist Shimon Attie presented his work, spanning from early projections in Berlin’s Jewish Quarter to his most recent video installation – MetroPAL.IS (2011) – which deals with Israelis and Palestinians living in New York City.
A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism
March 1, 2012
Daniel L. Byman, Senior Fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, discussed his new book with an attentive audience of Brandeis students, faculty and community. The program was sponsored by the Politics Department, The Crown Center for Middle East Studies and the Schusterman Center.
Hold On to the Sun: Writing and Unholy Redemption
October 26th & 27th, 2011
Acclaimed Israeli author Michal Govrin gave a public talk about the process of writing her newly translated book, Hold On to the Sun. In this portrait of the artist as a young woman, Govrin offers a kaleidoscope of stories and essays -- a search for meaning in a post-Holocaust world.
Selected in 2010 by the Salon du Livre of Paris as one of the most influential writers of the past thirty years, Govrin also held workshops with two Brandeis classes. Click here for further information about the author and the book.
Event cosponsored with Hadassah Brandeis Institute.
When Hope Ends in Slavery: Human Trafficking in Israel
September 13th, 2011
In an event cosponsored by the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Rabbi Levi Lauer, executive director of ATZUM, spoke about the trafficking of women into Israel and efforts on the ground to stop it. Following meetings with students and faculty, Rabbi Lauer spoke in an evening program to members of the Brandeis community and beyond.
Listen to an audiocast of this event.
UN Recognition of Palestinian Statehood: A New Dawn or Another Debacle?
September 7th, 2011
This September, Palestinian representatives are calling for a unilateral declaration of statehood in the United Nations. The implications and consequences of such a step were explored by two experienced observers and participants in Israeli/Palestinian negotiations: David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute and Ghaith al-Omari, Executive Director at the American Task Force in Palestine (ATFP) and advisor to then Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.
The panelists also met with student leaders to discuss bringing their message to college campuses.Read the Justice article: Turning Conflict into Coexistence.
June 13-15, 2011
"Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State" was the topic for the 27th AIS conference, cosponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.
The Brandeis community was invited to attend Plenary sessions that featured leading scholars and public intellectuals who addressed the topics "What Does the US Want in the Middle East and What Should it Want?" and "Arabs in the Jewish State." A keynote speech was given by Professor Moshe Halbertal.
- Over 400 participants arrived from the US, Israel and Europe
- See the Jewish Advocate write-up of the conference.
- Click here for webcasts of the keynote address and plenary sessions.
November 10, 2010
Click here to view a videocast of the dedication of our new Center home and the inauguration of Gannit Ankori as Chair of Israeli Art in the Department of Fine Arts. Ably assisted by Brandeis students, guest artist Nelly Agassi contributed a symbolic "ribbon-cutting" installation composed of red satin ribbons. See her installation unfolding here.
The Center also benefited by gifts of Israeli artwork that now grace its halls.
Conversation with MK Tzipi Livni:
A Town Hall Meeting on Israel-Diaspora Relations
October 4, 2010
An audience of some 350 people attended the town hall meeting with MK and leader of the opposition, Tzipi Livni. Another 100 view a live broadcast in the overflow facility at Shapiro Campus Center theater.
To view the video of the Tzipi Livni town hall meeting, click here.
Sayed Kashua - Author, Columnist, Screenwriter
March 8-10, 2010
Celebrated author, columnist and screenwriter Sayed Kashua was invited to campus to share his body of work with several Brandeis classes. The wider Brandeis community and general public enjoyed the screening of the "Passover" episode of his hit series Arab Labor at Wasserman Cinematheque. The show, based on his satirical weekly column in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, is among the top 10 most popular shows on Israeli TV, filmed in Arabic and Hebrew and boasting a mostly Arab cast.
After the screening, he answered questions from the audience as well as conducting a book signing.
To hear an audiocast of Arab Labor screening and Q&A, click here.
Photo by Max Shay
Covering the Middle East in 2010: A Report from the Field
February 2, 2010, International Lounge
Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the New York Times, shared behind-the-scenes stories and the challenges faced by a journalist covering two opposing narratives. Bronner has been Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times for the past two years following four years as the paper’s deputy foreign editor focused largely on the Middle East. A series of articles that he helped edit after Sept. 11th 2001 won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism.
To hear an audiocast of the Bronner lecture and Q&A, click here.
To read the Hoot article please follow this link.
This event was cosponsored with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.
photo by Max Shay
Amos Oz, Israel: A Personal PerspectiveTo watch the video of Amos Oz's talk please follow this link.
November 15, 2009
Acclaimed Israeli author and public intellectual, Amos Oz, addressed Brandeis audiences with his personal perspective on Israel and the art of story telling.
The Challenge of the U.N. Gaza Report
November 5, 2009
Hosted by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.
Justice Richard Goldstone, head of a controversial UN fact-finding mission to the Gaza Strip and Dore Gold, the former Israeli ambassador to the UN, visited Brandeis to discuss assertions that Israel and Palestinian fighters committed war crimes during fighting last winter.
Dan Meridor, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel:
Israel in the Changing Middle East
October 15, 2009
Cosponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and
the Crown Center for Middle East Studies
Deputy Prime Minister of Israel and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, Dan Meridor, discussed the many challenges facing Israel due to the changing region of the Middle East. Among the issues touched upon were: The challenges of unconventional warfare and violence of non-state actors; The growing regional and international concern over the Iranian nuclear program; Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations; The Goldstone Report, etc. After speaking, the Deputy Prime Minister conducted a Q&A section moderated by Professor Shai Feldman, Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies.
Re-Viewing the Nation: Memory, Membership, and Ethnicity
A series of lectures with Alex Weingrod, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
October 14, 2009
Bones, Burials and Forming the Nation
October 19, 2009
Ethnicity Matters: Or Does it?
October 22, 2009
The New Israeli Minorities
Scholars joined together from Israel and the United States to examine the significance and meaning of establishing the first Hebrew city in nearly two millennia. Panels were held to discuss Tel Aviv from its founding to the present, with an emphasis on its cultural legacy including art and architecture, and the world premiere of the documentary film Tel Aviv by two of Israel’s most popular filmmakers, Modi Bar-On and Anat Zeltser.
March 1, 2009, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Cosponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and
Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
Nili Scharf Gold, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature, University of Pennsylvania
February 9, 2009, Hassenfeld and Lown
Gold held a seminar and book signing on two aspects of her book, Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel's National Poet. Considered an astonishing revision of the prevailing critical analysis of the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, Gold’s book is based on materials she discovered in a Yale archive and a cache of unpublished letters written by Amichai in 1947 and 1948 to his lover. She spoke both about the art of literary biography and about the nuances of her research.
David Newman of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
November 4, 2009
David Newman spoke about Thirty Years of the Settlement Movement: Gush Emunim.
Newman is professor of political geography in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University in Israel. He edits the international journal Geopolitics, and has published widely on territorial dimensions of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Since the late 1980s, Newman has been involved in peace-related activities and in a variety of Track II discussions and negotiations.
Brandeis in the Berkshires, 2008
August 3-4, 2008
Irwin Cotler, MP, member of parliament, former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada delivers keynote address at Brandeis in the Berkshire: Israel at 60: The Gathering Storm and Beyond.
Israeli Author and Filmmaker Etgar Keret
October 27, 2008
Film Screening of Jellyfish at the Wasserman Cinemateque
October 28, 2008
Meet the Author Series Public Lecture & Book Signing at Usdan
Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. His book,The Nimrod Flip-Out, which was published in 2006, is a collection of 32 short stories that captures the craziness of life in Israel today. His books are bestsellers in Israel, and have been published in 22 languages. As a filmmaker, Keret is the writer of several feature screenplays, including Skin Deep (1996), which won First Prize at several international film festivals and was awarded the Israeli Oscar. Keret is a lecturer in the film department of Tel Aviv University. At Brandeis, in addition to his public events, he offered a creative writing workshop and participated in a Hebrew-language class.
Israeli author Ronit Matalon: On Memory and Autobiography
September 24, 2009
Matalon discussed aspects of her books in public forums as well as classroom lectures in both English and Hebrew.
Ronit Matalon was born into a family of Egyptian-Jewish descent in 1959 and studied literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Matalon has worked as a journalist for Israel TV, and for the daily Ha`aretz (covering Gaza and the West Bank during the 1st Intifada). More recently, she has been a critic and book reviewer for Ha`aretz, and has taught at the Camera Obscura Academy for the Arts in Tel Aviv. Matalon's critically acclaimed first novel, The One Facing Us, presents a kaleidoscopic saga chronicling several generations of an Egyptian Jewish family. At Brandeis, Matalon discussed her most recent novel The Sound of Her Steps.
April 6, 2008, Sachar International Center
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies held its inaugural conference marking the sixtieth anniversary of the State of Israel. Invited speakers included Shlomo Avineri -- professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and former director-general of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the first government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Ruth Gavison -- Haim H. Cohn Professor of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hillel Halkin -- translator, journalist and author, and David Makovsky -- senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The Theology of the Disengagement: Rabbinical Response to a Crisis of Faith
Cosponsored by Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department
March 13, 2008, Lown
A public lecture by Dr. Motti Inbari, Post-Doctoral Fellow, on the theological dilemmas raised by Israel’s Disengagement plan (2005) and the widening faultline within the yeshiva world, particularly the Mercaz Harav.
New Forms of American Spirituality: Kabbalah Centre as an Israeli Export
A Public lecture by Jody Myers of California State University, Northridge
January 24, 2008, Lown
Cosponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry and the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program
Jody E. Myers is a professor at the Department of Religious Studies, California State University, Northridge. Her most recent area of research is popularization of Kabbalah in contemporary American society. Her publications include “Phasing In: American Jewish Women’s Ritual Celebrations for the New Moon (Rosh Hodesh)” in Women Remaking American Judaism and Kabbalah and the Spiritual Quest: The Kabbalah Centre in America.
An International Symposium
December 1-2, 2007, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Ccosponsored by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Sixty years after the U.N.. decision of November 29, 1947, the question of partitioning Palestine remains unresolved. This symposium will explore the Jewish and Arab debates on partition in the 1930s and 40s, reflect on the history of partitions as a way of resolving multi-ethnic and multi-national conflicts worldwide, and examine the relevance of this issue in today’s discourse among Israelis and Palestinians.
Renowned Israeli Author, Meir Shalev, Speaks at Brandeis
November 14, 2007, Shapiro Campus Center
Meir Shalev, a leading Israeli author, is attracting widespread attention in the United States and Europe. At Brandeis, Shalev talked about his just-published sixth novel, A Pigeon and A Boy, a tale of wandering passion and the return home -- whether by humans or winged creatures. The talk was held at Shapiro Campus Center and was followed by a discussion and book signing.
Israeli NGO Expert Visits Heller School
November 12, 2007, Heller School
Benny Gidron, director of Ben Gurion University's Center for Third Sector Research spoke at the Heller School on The Israeli Non-Profit Sector and an Evolving Policy Outlook. He was a visiting scholar at the Heller School and the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program in 2008-2009.
October 17, 2007, Golding
Is Israel the New Apartheid State?
A Public Lecture by Benjamin Pogrund. This lecture was presented by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, in cooperation with the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.
Benjamin Pogrund is the founding director of Yakar’s Center for Social Concern in Jerusalem, which promotes dialogue among Jews, and between Israelis and Palestinians. Born in South Africa, Pogrund served as a reporter for the Rand Daily Mail (Johannesburg) newspaper, where he specialized in investigating apartheid. He was jailed for this work and later emigrated from South Africa. Pogrund has authored books about Nelson Mandela and the media under apartheid, and writes for newspapers such as Haaretz and The Guardian. He is a co-editor of Shared Histories: A Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue, and a member of the editorial board of the Palestine-Israel Journal. Pogrund is currently serving as an INSPIRE Fellow at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.