The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Colloquium


The monthly Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Colloquium on Israel Studies provides an interdisciplinary space for presentation and discussion of academic papers, and a forum for developing research and teaching.

Spring 2015

Yuval Ben-Bassat, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Middle Eastern History, University of Haifa;
2014-2015 Abramson-Israel Institute Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley.
"Was the Ottoman Institution of Petitioning the Sultan Obsolete by the End of the 19th Century?: The Case of the District of Jerusalem"

Michael Karayanni, The Bruce W. Wayne Chair in International Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
"On 'Sheep Gone Astray':  A Muslim Headscarf in a Nazareth Catholic School and a Sephardi Student in an Ashkenazi Ultra-Orthodox School"

Itay Fischhendler, Associate Professor at the Geography Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; 2014-2015 Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley.
"In the Name of Energy Security: The Struggle Over the Exportation of Israeli Natural Gas"

Derek Penslar, Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History, University of Toronto; Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies, Oxford University.
"Men, Money, and Materiel:  How Israel Won the 1948 War"


Fall 2014

  • Hila Shamir, Associate Profesor at the Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University; Visiting Scholar, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.
    "Anti-trafficking in Israel: Nationalism, Borders, and Markets"
  • Francesco Spagnolo, Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Lecturer in the Department of Music, and Yair Harel, Founder and Director of Invitation to Piyut and a leading figure in the piyut revival movement in Israel.
    "The Revolution of the Third Generation: Redefining Israeli Identity through Traditional Music and Song "
  • Ruth Gavison, Professor of Law,  Hebrew University in Jerusalem; One of the founders and former President of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
    "Should Israel Entrench its Constitutional Identity? "
  • Stuart Cohen, Professor of Political Studies, Bar-Ilan University.
    "How Serious Is the Threat of Dual Authority in the Israel Defense Forces? "

Spring 2014

  • Rhona Seidelman, Visiting Professor, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
    "Under Quarantine at Israel's Ellis Island: Shaar Ha'aliya, 1949-1952"
  • Amnon Lehavi, Atara Kaufman Professor, Faculty of Law, IDC, Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor, Berkeley Law
    "Constitutional Challenges of Community and Localism in Israel"
  • Shaun Halper, Ph.D. UC Berkeley Department of History
    "Langer's Brand of 'Zionist' Homosexuality: Implications for Thought and Society in the Yishuv"
  • Liora Halperin, Assisstant Professor of History, University of Colorado
    "Babel in Zion: A New Look at Language Diversity in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine"

Fall 2013 Speakers     

  • Ran Abramitzky, Professor of Economics, Stanford University
    "The Mystery of the Kibbutz: How Socialism Suceeeded"
  • Fania Oz-Salzberger, Professor of History, University of Haifa School of Law
    "Social Protest and the Social Networks: Israel's Civic Discourse On-and Off-Line"
  • Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor
    "Performing the Bible on the Israeli Stage"
  • Shay Hazkani, PhD Candidate, Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Department of History, New York University
    "Abandoning Religion for a Revolver: Israeli Soldiers Writing on the 'Jewish Nature' in the 1948 War"

Spring 2013

  • Prof. Yoram Peri, Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, and Director of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park 
    "Israel following the 2013 elections: A new chapter or more of the same?"
  • Sayed Kashua, Israeli journalist, author, and creator of Israel’s prime-time television sitcom “Arab Labor”
    "The Stepmother Tongue"
  • Prof. Barak Medina, 2012-2013 Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor (Law) “Developments in the Legal Doctrine of Equality in Israel”

Fall 2012

  • Prof. Robert Alter, Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature
    "Rewriting the Book of Job in the Poetry of Natan Zach"
  • Prof. Yaacov Yadgar, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund Visiting Israeli Professor
    Rejecting the 'Religious vs. Secular Binary: Masortim in Jewish-Israeli Politics"
  • Miri Lavi-Neeman, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley Department of Geography
    "Green Settlment -- the Politics of Israeli Environmentalism Past and Future"
  • Prof. Pnina Lahav, Law Alumni Scholar Professor of Law, Boston University
    "Sisters: The American-Israeli Dialogue on the Meaning of Feminism"

Spring 2012

  • Shmuel Rosner, The Jerusalem Post, Author, Shtetl, Bagel, Baseball
    "The ‘Distancing Hypothesis’: Young American Jews and Israel"
  • Prof. Yael Aronoff, Serling Chair in Israel Studies, Michigan State University
    “When Hard-Liners Opt for Peace: The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers”
  • Prof. Alon Tel, Ben Gurion University; Visiting Professor, Stanford University; Founder, Adam Teva v’Din, “Milk and Honey - or Chlorinated Hydrocarbons? Pollution, Promise, and the Israeli Environment”
  • Prof. Ben Brinner, Chair, UC Berkeley Department of Music
    "Playing Across a Divide: Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters"

Fall 2011 

  • Daniel C. Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt
  • Eliezer Rivlin, Deputy President, Supreme Court of Israel
    "The Legal and Social Challenges Faced by the Israeli Supreme Court"
  • Arye Carmon, President, Israel Democracy Institute
    "A Democracy Without a Constitution: The Future of Israel's Survival"
  • Prof. Ron Hassner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Gilbert Foundation Colloquium Faculty Fellow
    Prof. Jason Wittenberg
    , Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Gilbert Foundation Colloquium Faculty Fellow
    "Barriers to Entry: Who Builds Fortified Boundaries and Why?" 

Spring 2011

  • Prof. Arieh Saposnik, Gilbert Foundation Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA; Director, Nazarian Center for Israel Studies
  • Prof. Dana Blander, Schusterman Visiting Israel Studies Professor, Department of Political Science, Tufts University
  • Prof. Arie Dubnov, Goldman Visiting Israel Studies Professor, Department of History, Stanford University
  • Prof. Nurit Novis-Deutsch, Fulbright Scholar, Institute for Human Development, UC Berkeley. 
  • Prof. Ann Swidler, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley