2014 – 2015


Fall 2014


Thursday, September 4

Canada and the Holocaust: The Untold Story

Irving Abella, J. Richard Shiff
Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry; Professor, Department of History, York University, Toronto

Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall
12:00pm


Wednesday, September 10

Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals

A new exhibition exploring eating, identity and activism in Jewish life and beyond.
Co-sponsored by the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and by the Center for Jewish Studies, UC Berkeley

5:00 – 7:00 PM
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley


Friday, September 19

A Journalist’s Angle

Lecture Series on Different Angles on the Middle East Conflict.

Sue Fishkoff
Editor of the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California.

For more information, email berkeley_institute@law.berkeley.edu


Tuesday, September 30

A Historical Angle

Lecture Series on Different Angles on the Middle East Conflict

Yuval Ben-Bassat
Senior Lecturer of History of the Middle East, University of Haifa
Abramson- Israel Institute Visiting Professor


Tuesday, October 21

The Future of the Peace Process

Moderated Discussion 

Abe Sofaer, George P. Shultz
Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Janine Zacharia, Carlos Kelly McClatchy
Visiting Lecturer, Stanford University

Bancroft Hotel
5:00pm

See video recording here


Friday, October 31

An Environmental Angle

Lecture Series on Different Angles on the Middle East Conflict

Itay Fishhendler
Senior Lecturer of Geography, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Wednesday, November 5

The Jewishness of Israel: Meaning, Justification, Implications

Lecture Series on Religion, Law, and State in Israel

Ruth Gavison, Haim H. Cohn
Professor Emeritas of Human Rights Law, Hebrew University
Founding President of Metzilah Center for Zionist, Jewish, Liberal, and Humanist Thought

5:40 PM
132 Boalt Hall

For more information, email berkeley_institute@law.berkeley.edu


Thursday, November 6

Maimonides on Mourning: Jewish Law and Emotion

A Robbins Collection Lecture on Jewish Law and Thought
Co-sponsored by the Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law

Moshe Halbertal
Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem; Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at The Hebrew University; Professor of Law, New York University

Bancroft Hotel
5:15 pm

See video recording here


Thursday, November 13

Piyyut: Hebrew Poetry and World Music

Lecture and Performance
Co-hosted by the Magnes Collection

Robert Alter
Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature , UC Berkeley

Yair Harel
Schusterman Artist-in-Residence, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Magnes
7:00pm
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

See video recording here


Friday, November 14

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Regional Context: A Mediator’s Perspective

Lecture Series on Different Angles on the Middle East Conflict

Peter Bartu
Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies, UC Berkeley; UN Mediator and Negotiator


Thursday, November 20

Judaism in the Israel Defense Force: Bridge or Barrier?

Lecture Serie on Religion, Law and State in Israel

Stuart Cohen
Professor Emeritus of Political Studies, Bar-Ilan University; Chair of the Department of Government and Politics at Ashkelon Academic College

5:40 PM
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall


Thursday, December 18

Jewish Nightlife: An Evening of Celebration with Poetry and Music

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

Performances by Berkeley Students: 5-6 pm; Piyyut Bay Area Project: 7-8:30 pm
Hosted by the Magnes Collection
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley


Spring 2015


Thursday, February 17

The Private Sphere as Public Policy?: A Symposium on Law and Society in Israel

Public Symposium

2:30 to 5:00 pm
Goldberg Room (297 Boalt Hall), Berkeley Law
See video recording here 


Wednesday, February 18

Multicultural Entrapments: The Jurisdiction of the Palestinian-Arab Religious Communities in Israel

Lecture Series on Religion, Law, and State in Israel

Michael Karayanni
The Bruce W. Wayne Chair in International Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

5:40 PM
295 Boalt Hall


Thursday, February 26

Zero Motivation

Film screening and discussion with Prof. Shira Offer

7 pm in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
See photos here


Wednesday, March 11

Like Dreamers: What I’ve Learned about Israel’s Right/Left Divide

Public Lecture with journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi

5:30 pm in Boalt 105


Wednesday, March 11

Student Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi

Intimate student conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi at the Berkeley Hillel chapel immediately following the public lecture.

7:30 PM
Berkeley Hillel Chapel

RSVP to Maya at mshemtov@law.berkeley.edu


Thursday, March 19

Judeo-Spanish and Yiddish Music and Dance

Performance with Esti Kenan-Ofri and Michael Alpert

See video here


Tuesday, April 7

Reflections on the Israeli Election

Student Conversation with Janine Zacharia

6:30 pm in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall


Monday, April 13

Jews and Judaism in France

Public Lecture with Rabbi Daniel Dahan
Chief Rabbi of Aix-En-Provence, France


Reception: 5 pm in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
See photos here
Link to Video


Wednesday, April 22

Between Honor and Authenticity: Zionism as Theodor Herzl’s Life Project

Public Lecture with Derek Penslar
Professor of Jewish history, University of Toronto, Oxford University

See photos here
Link to Video


Monday, April 27 – Tuesday, April 28

Reflections on the Legacy of Nuremberg: The 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials

International Conference 

April 27: Film Screening followed by discussion with film maker of Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today at 6:15 pm
April 28: all day, at the Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way

Videos:
Panel 1
Panel 2
Panel3


Thursday, April 30

Identity Through Art: A Multicultural Performance with Author and Slam Poet Aaron Samuels

6:30 pm
Goldberg Room, UC Berkeley

See photos here