Videos from throughout the Institute and member centers. To date we have published over 226 videos.
Daniel Stein Kokin's Fall 2017 class "Symbolic Places and Spaces in Modern Israel and the Palestinian Territories" introduced students of diverse backgrounds and interests to sites that have played - and continue to play - a critical role in the shaping of Israeli and Palestinian national identity. Two students from the course spoke with the Center about the deep insights they gained into the complex nature of these places and their role in society - in addition to speaking about the timeliness of the themes explored in the course.
At the UCLA Global Conversation of Nov. 15, Dr. Kelsey Martin drew attention to inequities in health care in Los Angeles and across the world, while highlighting the many international opportunities pursued by UCLA med students.
In the video interview with the Y&S Nazarian Center, Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin discussed the course he is teaching in Fall Quarter - "Symbolic Places and Spaces in Modern Israel and the Palestinian Territories" - and gave in-depth analysis of some of the topics he has covered in the course.
On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the Y&S Nazarian Center brought together a panel of scholars of British, Middle East and Jewish history and politics to explore the Balfour Declaration's origins and its significance for today. Issues addressed by the speakers included: the circumstances that led to the declaration; its impact on the Zionist movement at the time; its influence on diaspora Jews' connection to the land of Israel/Palestine; and its relevance for current debates about the future of the region.
In his talk "Iran's Quest for Regional Hegemony: Challenges for Israel, the Arab World and the West," Israel's leading Iran expert and Y&S Nazarian Center Visiting Professor David Menashri will explore the impact of Iran's growing power and ambition on the Middle East and beyond, placing these developments in their historical and regional context.
Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin sat down with the Y&S Nazarian Center to discuss his course "Sacred Places and Spaces in Modern Israel and the Palestinian Territories" and the themes covered in the class. The following videos are excerpts from the interview.
A panel of scholars explore the history of the declaration and its significance for today.
A lecture by Julia Phillips Cohen (Vanderbilt University)
In this talk, Dr. Mostafa Hussein explored the ways in which the Jewish intelligentsia in pre-state Palestine interacted with Arabo-Islamic civilization, as demonstrated in Hebrew works treating the geography and the nature of the Holy Land. The talk also highlighted how the Jewish engagement with Islamic culture contributed to the Jewish connection to the land and its nature. It also demonstrated how Jewish individuals who viewed themselves as culture shapers and scholars incorporated and exploited Arabo-Islamic knowledge within the domain of yediʿat ha-arets [the intimate knowledge of the land].
Does the Judiciary really constitutes a third independent branch of government in Israel? This question arises when one witnesses the continuous attempts to change the existing balance of power and limit the court from applying judicial doctrines and legal standards to executive and parliamentary decisions. In his talk, Professor Menachem Hofnung of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem discussed how the appointment of justices, the power of judicial review, and even the legitimacy of Israel's Supreme Court have become permanent and compelling issues in Israeli politics.
At the fifth Y&S Nazarian Center "Israel in 3D" community conference, young civic activists, artists and social entrepreneurs shared with guests how they are addressing pressing societal and economic issues in Israel and around the world in innovative ways. These young leaders were joined by veteran journalists affecting change through their coverage of political and economic trends in Israel.
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