Spring 2012 Programming


A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism

Thursday, March 1st, 12:00 pmDaniel Byman
Alumni Lounge, Usdan (upstairs from Levin Ballroom)

Free and open to the public.
Dessert and Coffee will be served.

Daniel L. Byman, Senior Fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, will discuss his new book. The program is sponsored by the Politics Department, The Crown Center for Middle East Studies and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Click here to register.

Art and Memory: Moving Images

Tuesday, March 6th, 5:00 pmShimon Attie
Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Building

Free and open to the public.

In this joint program with Fine Arts and Film Studies, internationally acclaimed artist Shimon Attie will present 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. Click here to register.


To Be on the 'Right Side of History': The Concept and Praxis of Revolution in Early Islamic Times

Thursday, March 15th, 12:00 pmJacob Lassner
3rd Floor Reading Room, Mandel Center for the Humanities

Registration has closed for this event.

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 for Israel Studies. Click here to register.

Our Test Grows out of Their Weakness: Israel and the Security Challenge of the Feeble Lebanese State 1968-2000

Wednesday, March 21st, 12:00 noonEhud Eiran
3rd Floor Conference Room, Mandel Center for the Humanities

Registration is closed for this event.

A discussion with Ehud Eiran, Department of International Relations, Haifa University and former assistant to the PM 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 will explore the various strategies Israel used between the years 1968 and 2000 against similar threats that emerged in the wake of Lebanon’s internal crisis.

The program is cosponsored by the Politics Department and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

Biographies of speakers

Daniel Byman is a professor in the School of Foreign Service and was director of Georgetown's Security Studies Program and Center for Peace and Security Studies from 2005 until 2010. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He has served as a Professional Staff Member with the 9/11 Commission and with the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Before joining the Inquiry Staff he was the Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation. Dr. Byman has also served as an analyst on the Middle East for the U.S. government. He is the author of A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism (Oxford, 2011); The Five Front War: The Better Way to Fight Global Jihad (Wiley, 2007); Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism (Cambridge, 2005); Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflict (Johns Hopkins, 2002); and co-author of Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover from the Iraqi Civil War (Brookings, 2007) and The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (Cambridge, 2002). He has also written widely on a range of topics related to terrorism, international security, and the Middle East.


Born in California in 1957, Shimon Attie currently lives in New York, after spending much of the 1990s living and working in Berlin. He has described his work “as a kind of peeling back of the wallpaper of today to reveal the histories buried underneath.”
His art is the subject of three books: The Writing on the Wall: Projections in Berlin’s Jewish Quarter; Sites Unseen: Shimon Attie’s European Projects (published in conjunction with Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art); and The History of Another (published by Twin Palms Press in conjunction with Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography).  Attie’s photographs and videos have been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the RISD Museum, Providence; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv; and the Museum for German History, Berlin. He has been the recipient of visual arts fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the German Ministry of Culture, and the American Academy in Rome and has been awarded the 2006 Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in Visual Art by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Jacob Lassner (PhD Yale, 1963), Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish civilization, specializes in medieval Near Eastern History with an emphasis on urban structures, political culture and the background to Jewish-Muslim relations. He has held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Rockefeller Institute (Bellagio), and the Oxford Postgraduate Centre for Hebrew Studies. He is the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the American Council of Learned Societies-Social Science Research Council. Among his publications are seven books, the most recent being Competing Narratives, Contested Spaces: Memory and Communal Conflict in the Medieval Near East. With S. Ilan Troen, he co-wrote Jews and Muslims in the Arab World: Haunted by Pasts Real and Imagined (2007).

Ehud Eiran '10 is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Division of International Relations, School of Political Science, at the University of Haifa, Israel; and an affiliate of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Prior to his academic career, Eiran held numerous positions in the Israeli civil service including personal legal clerk to Israel’s Attorney General and Assistant to the Foreign Policy Advisor to then Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Eiran is a Major (Res.) in the Israel Defense Force and author of the best seller “The Essence of Longing: General Erez Gerstein and the War in Lebanon” published in Israel in 2007. He received his PhD from Brandeis' Politics Department in 2010 and was a Schusterman Scholar.