Together the Institute's programs promote student and faculty engagement by developing opportunities for research, programming, and mentorship; by bringing visiting faculty and scholars to UC Berkeley; and by organizing colloquia, programs, and classes to strengthen academic inquiry and discourse across the Berkeley campus.
The Institute was launched in 2011, and draws its 17-member faculty committee from Political Science, Sociology, Economics, History, Jewish Studies, Music, as well as the Schools of Law, Journalism, and Business.
NEWS: The Berkeley Institute hosts a new lecture series for students in the 2014-2015 academic year, titled Religion, Law, and State in Israel. See webpage for more information.
NEWS: The Berkeley Institute hosts a new lecture series for students in Fall 2014. The series, Different Angles on the Middle East Conflict, aims to foster a conversation between students and scholars on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. See webpage for more information.
NEWS: J. Weekly highlights the opening of the Gourmet Ghettos Exhibit, hosted by the Berkeley Institute, the Magnes Collection, and the Center for Jewish Studies.
NEWS: The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies highlights Institute's Lisa and Douglas Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor Sharon Aronson-Lehavi
Spring 2014 Semester
The Institute's 2014 Annual Conference in Israel Studies, titled Israeli and Palestinian Waterways: History, Politics, and Technology of Water and Environment in the Middle East is now available for viewing online in its entirety. March 11, 2014.
Video 1 - Opening Remarks and Panel I: Historical Formations: The Law and Politics of Water Since the British Mandate.
Video 2 - Panel II: Social Questions: Scarcity, Access, and Health.
Video 3 - Cosponsor presentation and Panel III: Water Across Borders: The Politics of Peace and Collaboration.
Video 4 - Panel IV: Technology and Innovation: Changing the Political and Environmental Calculus.
Video 5 - Keynote Speech: A Green Bridge over Troubled Waters: The Kidron Valley/Wadi El Nar River Basin Project and the Possibilities for Israeli-Palestinian Environmental Collaboration. By Glenn Yago, Senior Director, Milken Institute Israel Center; Founder, Financial Innovations Labs.
Link to video for "Covering Israel: A Reporter's Notebook" - Lecture with Janine Zacharia, Former Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Washington Post; Former Washington Bureau Chief, Jerusalem Post; Carlos Kelly McClatchy Visiting Lecturer, Department of Communication, Stanford University. Third Conversation in the Covering Israel: Three Conversations lecture series. March 7, 2014.
Link to video for "Reporting Israel: the Personal, the Political and the Press" - Lecture with Aluf Benn, Editor in-chief, Ha'aretz daily newspaper. Second Conversation in the Covering Israel: Three Conversations lecture series. February 21, 2014.
Link to video for "My Promised Land"-Lecture with Ari Shavit, Ha'aretz journalist and author of the book My Promised Land. First Conversation in the Covering Israel: Three Conversations lecture series. February 14, 2014.
Fall 2013 Semester
Link to video for "Prospects for Peace"- Lecture by Ambassador Dennis Ross, November 14, 2013
Link to video for "What We Can Learn from the Jewish Political Tradition"-Robbins Collection Lecture by Professor Michael Walzer, November 12, 2013
Link to video for "Political Theory and Social Criticism" with Professor Michael Walzer-Conversations with History series, hosted by Harry Kreisler, Institute of International Studies
October 21, 2014
The Future of the Peace Process
Abe Sofaer, Former Legal Advisor for the State Department; George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Janine Zacharia, Former Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Washington Post; Carlos Kelly McClatchy Visiting Lecturer, Stanford University
5 pm, Bancroft Hotel
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November 6, 2014
Sixth Annual Robbins Collection Lecture on Jewish Law and Thought
Maimonides on Mourning: Jewish Law and Emotion
Moshe Halbertal, Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem; Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at The Hebrew University; Gruss Professor of Law, New York University
5 pm, Bancroft Hotel
Co-sponsored by the Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law
November 13, 2014
Lecture and Performance
Piyyut: Hebrew Poetry and World Music
Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature , UC Berkeley;
Yair Harel, Schusterman Artist-in-Residence, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
7 pm, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Co-hosted by the Magnes Collection
December 18, 2014
End of Semester Performance
Featuring UC Berkeley Students and Piyyut North America Workshop Participants
Directed by Yair Harel, Schusterman Artist-in-Residence, The Magnes Collection
5 pm, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Hosted by the Magnes Collection
Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity
Program on Israel Studies