Upcoming Events

Ancestrial Sin_ picsThe Ancestral Sin
Created by: David Deri, Ruth Yuval, Doron Galezer * Director and Producer: David Deri
Israel 2017, 109 min, Hebrew and Moroccan, Hebrew & English Subtitles

Film showing with Director David Deri

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 12:30 – 2:30 PM
H. J. Patterson Hall, Room 2114

Direct questions and RSVP to Avis Koeiman at akoeiman@umd.edu.

The story of Israel’s “development towns” in a chilling documentary, as never told before: Testimonials and previously sealed transcripts reveal a method, an ideology and and disturbing practice of law enforcement and decision makers behind the “population dispersal” policies in the first two decades of independence.
The director’s family, like others, was taken to Yeruham, a development town in the Negev desert. Their personal stories recount of the price immigrant families paid and the price still paid by Israeli society, unwilling to deal head-on with those early years and forgotten towns.  Read more here.

David Deri


David Deri was chosen as one of “The hundred influencing the Israeli media” by the editors of the Globes newspaper in Israel and has won numerous awards for his previous films on Mizrahim in Israel and on Muslim radicalization in Europe.

An electrifying new documentary series on the problematic integration of Middle Eastern Jews by Israel’s European founders in the 1950s”The New York Post


Dennis RossThe Dubin Family Lecture
Distinguished guest speaker: Ambassador Dennis Ross

Is There a New Normal in the Middle East? 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
The Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Prince George’s Room

It is also Israel’s Election Day! With polls closing at 3 p.m. ET, Ambassdor Ross along with Professor Yoram Peri, Director of GIIS, will provide up-to-the-minute analysis on the day’s historic election.

This is our premier annual event. RSVP here. 

Ambassador Ross is Counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, he served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council Senior Director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

He is best known for having played a leading role over 12 years in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. Ambassador Ross was U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations before and during the Oslo Peace Process. He was instrumental in brokering the many negotiations, both successful and otherwise, during that period.

Ambassador Ross is the author of several influential books on Middle East peace; Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama (2015). His memoir and analysis of his role in the Oslo Process is The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace (2004). His new book, Be Strong and of Good Courage, written with his colleague David Makovsky, will be published in September this year.  It provides profiles of four Israeli ministers who made historic choices and explores the lessons from those decisions to see if they can provide a guide to dealing with the fateful choice that Israel’s leaders must soon confront or by default become a binational state.




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