Videos of lectures and presentations at the Institute
Spring 2017 Semester
3/07/17: “Til We Have Built Jerusalem” with Adina Hoffman, Essayist and Cultural Critic
Fall 2016 Semester
11/30/16: Is Israel Stuck Forever with its Political Faultlines? with Nissim Mizrachi, Berkeley Institute Visiting Professor, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University
11/16/16: Threats to Democracy in Israel with Itzhak Galnoor, Herbert Samuel Professor of Political Science (emeritus) at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
10/27/16: American Judaism 2016: From Theory to Practice and Back with Arnold Eisen, Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary
Spring 2016 Semester
2/4/2016: Ethnic and Religious Diversity in Israel: Changes, Inequality and the Quality of Life with Calvin Goldscheider, Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brown University
2/23/2016: The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities with John Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College
Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Cente, the Human Rights Clinic and the Human Rights Program
2/25/2016: Israel at a Major Crossroad: Challenges and Opportunities with Avishay Braverman, Former President, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Knesset Member (2006-2015); Economist; Former Senior Official, World Bank, Co-Sponsored by the Masters in Development Practice
3/8/2016: Building the Solar Revolution in Frontier Economies: Supporting Sustainable Development in Israel and Africa with Yosef Abramovitz, President and CEO of Energiya Global Capital, co-founder of the Arava Power Company, Co-Sponsored by the College of Natural Resources, and the Blum Center for Developing Economies
4/7/2016: “A Look in the Mirror: Reflections on the Social and Economic Issues Facing Israel Today” with Avi Weiss, Executive Director, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel
Thursday, April 7th
11/19/2015: From Secular Judaism to Jewish Renewal in Israel – A Personal Story and Public Point of View with Ruth Calderon, Former Knesset Member (2013-2015), Talmudic Scholar, Founder of ALMA Home for Hebrew Culture, and Shalom Hartman Faculty Member
11/9/2015: Diaspora and Group Rights: The Jewish Constitutional Moment with Willy Forbath, Associate Dean for Research; Lloyde M. Bensten Chair in Law, University of Texas
11/5/15: Identity Inside Israel and Out: A Conversation Through Movement with Leah Kahn and the Miriam Engel-Angela Dance Company
10/28/2015: Israel Facing a Changing Middle East with Itamar Rabinovich, Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States; Former President of Tel Aviv University; President of the Israel Institute
3/19/15: Performance: Jewish Songlines: Judeo-Spanish and Yiddish Music and Dance, with Michael Alpert and Esti Kenan-Ofri
3/11/15: Lecture: Like Dreamers: What I Learned from Israel’s Left-Right Divide, with Yossi Klein Halevi, journalist and award winning author.
12/1/14: Colloquium [Audio Only]: “Still Playing by the Rules: Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel” by Sammy Smooha, emeritus professor of sociology, University of Haifa, winner of the Israel Prize for sociology (2008).
11/13/14: Lecture and Performance: “Piyyut: Hebrew Poetry and World Music,”with Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature , UC Berkeley; Yair Harel, Schusterman Artist-in-Residence.
11/6/14: Annual Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law and Thought, “Maimonides on Mourning: Jewish Law and Emotion,” by 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.
10/21/14: “The Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process,” Moderated Discussion with 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. Moderator: Mark Yudof, UC President Emeritus.
3/11/2014: 2014 Annual Conference in Israel Studies, titled Israeli and Palestinian Waterways: History, Politics, and Technology of Water and Environment in the Middle East. For information about speakers, see conference program.
1) Opening Remarks and Panel I: Historical Formations: The Law and Politics of Water Since the British Mandate.
2) Panel II: Social Questions: Scarcity, Access, and Health.
3) Cosponsor presentation and Panel III: Water Across Borders: The Politics of Peace and Collaboration.
4) Panel IV: Technology and Innovation: Changing the Political and Environmental Calculus.
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.
3/7/2014: “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.
2/21/2014: “Reporting Israel: the Personal, the Political and the Press” Lecture with Aluf Benn, Editor in-chief, Ha’aretz Daily Newspaper
2/14/2014: “My Promised Land”-Lecture with Ari Shavit, Ha’aretz journalist and author of the book My Promised Land
11/14/2013: “Prospects for Peace: An Assessment with Ambassador Dennis Ross” with Amb. Dennis Ross
11/12/2013: “What We Can Learn from the Jewish Political Tradition” with Professor Michael Walzer