Events: 2014-2015

Democracy and Conflict Resolution: The Dilemmas of Israel’s Peacemaking

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM
3105 Susquehanna Hall

dilemas of israels peacemakingWhen it comes to conflict resolution, can democracy do more harm than good? Oded Haklai, an editor of Democracy and Conflict Resolution: The Dilemmas of Israel’s Peacemaking, will discuss how Israel’s domestic political configurations can inhibit attempts to peacefully resolve conflicts. Reflecting on how issues like religious identity, frequent leadership turnover, and government structures matter in terms of conflict resolution, Dr. Haklai will offer policy-relevant and timely ideas for advancing Israel’s capacity to pursue effective peacemaking policies.

Oded Haklai is an associate professor of political studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he teaches courses on Middle East politics, Israel, nationalism and ethnic conflict, and comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on aspects of Jewish Israeli-Palestinian relations, ethnic conflict, and other peace, conflict, and security studies issues. Winner of several prestigious research grants, Haklai has held visiting fellowships at the Truman Institute of the Hebrew University, the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, and the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School, George Washington University.Haklai is the author of Palestinian Ethnonationalism in Israel (2011).

47 Years of Documentation

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
6137 McKeldin (Special Events Room)

Ra'anan AlexandrowiczAward-winning director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz will deliver a lecture accompanied by footage of Hebron taken over the last 50 years, raising questions on documentation, history, and politics.

Program Sponsors
Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, The Miller Center for Historical Studies, The Louis L. Kaplan Chair of Jewish History, Film Studies, and School for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


The Israeli Elections: Their Meaning and Consequences

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
6137 McKeldin (Special Events Room)

Experts will discuss the Israeli election and the impact that the results may have on domestic and international issues.


Yoram Peri, Kay Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

Shlomo Brom, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies, and Visiting Fellow, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress


Lucy KurtzerEllenbogen, Director, Arab-Israeli Programs, US Institute of Peace

A video recording of this event can be viewed below.

The Constitutional Significance of the Jewishness of Israel
Seminar with Professor Ariel Bendor

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM
3105 Susquehanna Hall

What is the constitutional significance of Jewishness in Israeli law, and how does this significance impact Israel’s democratic nature? Israel Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor Ariel Bendor will dissect this issue and answer questions about Israeli law.

An Evening with Sayed Kashua

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Prince George’s Room, Stamp Student Union

The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies welcome Sayed Kashua to UMD!

Sayed KashuaSayed Kashua is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, author, and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humorous columns in Hebrew. Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs , Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular (published in English by Grove Atlantic). Kashua also writers a satirical weekly column in Hebrew for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. In a tongue-in-cheek style, he addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show “Arab Labor,” now in its fourth season. Kashua is a winner of the prestigious Berstein Prize and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in Literature in 2004. His novel Dancing Arabs has been made into a feature film, and premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival.

Books will be available for sale. This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. Click the buttom below to be taken to Eventbrite to register for this event. Include the name and email address for every person in your party. Please contact Samantha Levine at with any questions or concerns.

Can Hawkish Leaders Make Peace? Israeli Prime Ministers and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking
feat. Professor Guy Ziv

Monday, February 9, 2015 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Benjamin Banneker Room, Stamp Student Union

Guy Ziv HeadshotDr. Guy Ziv, Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service and an alumnus of UMD, will discuss his recently published book on how leaders’ personalities impact their states’ foreign policies. Ziv’s work focuses in particular on Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres’ dramatic shift from hawkish strategist to dovish peacemaker. Ziv will apply his research findings to other leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and discuss the relevance of his work to the upcoming elections in Israel and their implications for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Books will be for available for purchase and lunch will be served.

Click here to learn more about the policy implications of Dr. Ziv’s book.

Dr. Guy Ziv is an assistant professor in the School of International Service’s U.S. Foreign Policy Program at American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Ziv received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland with the mentorship of Shibley Telhami. He has also previously taught in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. His current research focuses on foreign policy decision-making, the influence of think tanks in U.S. foreign policy, and the role of political elites in the Arab-Israeli conflict. His op-eds have appeared in both American and Israeli newspapers, such as The Baltimore Sun, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Newsday, USA Today, and Ynet News, and he writes a blog for the Huffington Post. Dr. Ziv has a background in policy, having worked at the U.S. Department of State, on Capitol Hill, and for leading non-profit organizations that promote American involvement in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

Screening of Precious Life

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Eaton Theatre in Knight Hall

With the help of a prominent Israeli journalist, Precious Life chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, who suffers from an incurable genetic disease. Each must face their most profound biases as they inch towards a possible friendship in an impossible reality.

Yoram Peri and Mark Feldstein

Shlomi Eldar with Prof. Yoram Peri and Prof. Mark Feldstein

The 2014 Dubin Lecture featuring Ambassador Ron Dermer

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Please join us for the Seventh Annual Richard and Elizabeth Dubin Lecture. We are honored that our distinguished guest this year will be Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s closest political advisor.

Ron Dermer was appointed as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States in July 2013. In 2004, he co-authored with Natan Sharansky the best-selling book, “The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror,” which has been translated into ten languages. Having previously served in various diplomatic and governmental posts, Ambassador Dermer will speak on the nature of the Israel-US relationship and Israel’s strategic role in a rapidly changing Middle East.

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Israeli Stage presents Oh, God

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
The Atrium, Stamp Student Union

On October 22, Israeli Stage brings its touring production of the witty and poignant play “Oh, God” to UMD! In this hilarious and touching play, a psychotherapist named Ella (Maureen Keiller), single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new, desperate patient, God (Will Lyman). After the performance, there will be a brief Q & A with the performers and director, Guy Ben-Aharon. Click here to view the flyer for this event.

Oh, God

Maureen Keiller with Will Lyman

An Open Forum on the War in Gaza

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
The Atrium, Stamp Student Union

Speak your mind and ask your burning questions. Experts will react and explain. 

On the platform:

  • Prof. Shibley Telhami – Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and Middle East expert
  • Prof. Yoram Peri – Director of GIIS, Former advisor to Prime Minister Rabin
  • Prof. Ariel Bendor – Expert on law and war on terrorism, Israel Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor at GIIS.
  • Dr. Khaled Elgindy – Former advisor to the Palestinian Authority, fellow at Brookings Institution
  • Shlomi Eldar – Israeli journalist and expert on Hamas; Journalist-in-Residence at GIIS

This program is co-sponsored by the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development.


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