Public Events


The Libitzky Lecture on Israel and the Great Powers: The Case of Israel and Turkeyimages of the israeli and turkish flags next to eachother


Thurs, Feb 16, 2023

Discussion: 6:00PM–7:30PM, Great Room, Bancroft Hotel
After a turbulent decade, Turkish-Israeli ties are now undergoing a revival. What are the implications of this reconciliation for stability in the region and what are the effects of global developments on the ties between these two regional powers? Please join Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Ron Hassner, the Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies UC Berkeley, for a conversation about Israel’s relationship with Turkey. This is the third in a series of talks examining Israel’s relationships with global powers.
Soner Cagaptay: Beyer Family Fellow; Director, Turkish Research Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Ron Hassner: Chancellor’s Professor of Political Science; Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies; Co-Faculty Director, Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
This program is made possible with a gift from the Libitzky Family Foundation.

Year-Long Series: The Future of Shared Society in Israel — Shifting Lenses

Please join us for a series of conversations with scholars immersed in the project of coexistence and shared society in Israel — as examined from different conceptual lenses, including law, gender, civics, education, religion, and the arts. The scholars will explore issues of social trust, public policy, and current events shaping the prospects for coexistence, and examine both opportunities for and barriers to building shared society in Israel. 


Session Three: The Future of Shared Society through the Lens of Dance and Choreography — A Conversation with Yali Nativ and Netta Yerushalmy NettaYerushalmy dancing


Thursday, February 23, 2023
Light Reception: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM PT
Lecture: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM PT
Goldberg Room (297), Berkeley Law Building  

Please join Yali Nativ and Netta Yerushalmy in a conversation about diversity in Israeli society through dance and choreography. Moderated by Sariel Golomb, they will explore the dancing body as an imprinted cultural living archive through examples from Yarushalmy’s works and those of other choreographers based in Israel. 

Yael (Yali) Nativ: Senior Lecturer, Academic College for Society and Arts, Levinsky College of Education; Former Helen Diller Institute Visiting Professor 

Netta Yerushalmy: NYC-based Israeli/American Dancer & Choreographer; Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (among other awards and accolades); Guest Faculty at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts

Sariel Golomb (Moderator): PhD Candidate in the Department of Theater & Performance Studies, Stanford University 

A recording will be made available following the event. 


Session Four: The Future of Shared Society through the Lens of Religion — A Conversation with Tirza Kelman, Tomer Persico, and Muhammad Al-Atawnehwomen of the wall


Monday, March 13, 2023, 12 PM – 1:30 PM PT, Zoom 

What is the role of religion in furthering a shared society in Israel? In this session, Tirza Kelman, Tomer Persico, and Muhammad Al-Atawneh will explore the two-sided sword of religion in relation to shared society. Moderated by Masua Sagiv, they will discuss when religion fosters shared society and when it becomes a barrier and an obstacle to that very idea. 

Tirza Kelman: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Tomer Persico: Research Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute; Former Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, UC Berkeley 

Muhammad Al-Atawneh: 2022–2023 Israel Institute Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley; Associate Professor, Department of Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 

Masua Sagiv (Moderator): 2022–2023 Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, UC Berkeley; Shalom Hartman Institute Scholar-in-Residence; Researcher, Menomadin Center for Jewish and Democratic Law, Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty

A recording will be made available following the event.