Recent Events

Suddenly! The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv (Israel)
Based on stories by Etgar Keret, directed by Zvi Sahar, Puppet Cinema

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 1st & 2nd | 8PM
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center


Daily life is complicated, dangerous and full of yearning.  The living and the dead, dreams and walking life coexist in an uneasy world overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness and compassion.  We encounter a strangely endearing group  of imprisoned misfits hell bent on holding a mirror up to nature and smashing it into smaller shards.  The only way they can free themselves is to allow the release of these stories, no matter the cost.

Adapted from acclaimed Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s book of short stories, this multimedia performance inventively combines puppetry, theatre and film, exploring what happens when the story begins to control the story teller.

The development of this piece began during Zvi Sahar’s teaching residency in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance studies in Spring 2017, working in collaboration with UMD students and faculty.

An Aliyah to Morocco? Israeli Repatriation
Featuring Bryan Roby

Monday, November 20, 2017| 5 PM
H.J. Patterson Hall, Room 2118

In the wake of the Israeli Black Panthers’ protests, hundreds of Jewish Israeli families threatened to return en masse to Morocco in response to ethnic discrimination. While historians have canonized the various stages of immigration to Israel (aliyah), much work is needed in understanding the significance and scope of emigration out of Israel (yeridah). Using this case as a point of departure, this talk examines the role of (e)migration in shaping Israeli history and explores how Israelis have reimagined the Jewish relationship to Israel and the Diaspora.

Bryan K. Roby is an Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. His first book, The Mizrahi Era of Rebellion, provides an extensive history of social justice protests by Middle Eastern Jews in Israel. His current project explores the shifting boundaries of Jewish racial constructs in Israel as well as the meaning and symbolic power of Blackness in Israel.

From Fear to Solidarity and Elation: Getting Ready for War in 1956
Featuring Orit Rozin

Tuesday, November 14, 2017| 12:30 – 2:00 PM
H.J. Patterson Hall, Room 2118

In between the epochal wars of 1948 and 1967, Israel was embroiled in the Sinai Campaign (aka Suez Crisis) of 1956.  Immediately after Prime Minister Moshe Sharett’s Knesset speech of October 18, 1955, imparting details of the Czech-Egyptian arms deal and the imminent threat it posed, Israelis rushed to the Ministry of Defense HQ in Tel Aviv with donations, eager to help purchase counterbalancing weapons.  Dr. Rozin aims to reconstruct the feelings of both Israel’s decision makers and those of ordinary citizens at that time in order to discern the features of Israel’s emotional regime.

Dr. Orit Rozin, is associate professor in the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University.  Her research interests and publications focus on the social, legal, and cultural history of the Israeli state and society.  Her most recent (2016) book A Home for all Jews: Citizenship, Rights and National Identity in the New Israeli State has  been widely acclaimed.  Her current research is:  A History of Fear: Israelis in the Shadow of War, 1949-1967.

The Soviet Israeli War 1967-1973
Featuring Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez

Wednesday, October 18, 2017| 12:30 – 2:00 PM
H.J. Patterson Hall, Room 1102

The Soviet-Israeli War 1967-1973: Award-winning Israeli journalists and historians Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez discuss their new book from Hurst/Oxford University Press. Relying on hitherto unexplored evidence such as the memoirs of Soviet veterans, their groundbreaking research shows how Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War became a six-year, head-on clash with a global superpower. Some 50,000 Soviet servicemen fought against Israeli forces on the Egyptian front alone, turning the Suez Canal into the hottest arena of the Cold War and preparing Egypt’s surprise offensive across the canal in the Yom Kippur War.

Ginor and Remez are fellows of the Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Their previous book, Foxbats over Dimona: The Soviets’ Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War (Yale, 2007) won the silver medal of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Israel, the U.S. & the Media: Inherent Enemies?
Featuring Aluf Benn

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center; Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Aluf Benn, the Editor-in-chief of Ha’aretz will discuss the relationship between Israel, the U.S, and the media. Professor Yoram Peri, Director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and Professor Dana Priest, Knight Chair in the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism will be joining Mr. Benn in this discussion.

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