Faculty & Scholar News Archive

Visiting Assistant Professor organizing event on earliest known Hebrew play

Center Visiting Faculty Member Daniel Stein Kokin's program this Wednesday, February 7 will look at the earliest known Hebrew play, the "Comedy of Betrothal" of Leonne De' Sommi from mid-16th Century Mantua. Stein Kokin and his co-organizer will present the background and read in English, Hebrew and Italian selections from the work and provide commentary at "Women, Weddings, and Reversals: Hebrew Comedies of the Renaissance and Baroque."


Monday, February 05, 2018

Faculty Advisory Board Member joins student-organized event

Y&S Nazarian Center Student Advisory Councilmember and second-year law student Amit Liran organized an event yesterday, January 29 on the challenges facing lawyers advising governments on national security issues that featured Faculty Advisory Board member Norman Abrams as a moderator. The Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus spoke to Marlene Mazel - the Israeli Ministry of Justice's Director of the Counter-Terrorism & Foreign Litigation Department - after her remarks at the event "The Role of a National Security Law Advisor: An Insider's View."


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Center Postdoctoral Fellow to present findings from recently published article

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim will return next week to the University of Calgary's Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies - where he completed his doctoral research - to give a talk based on the article he recently published in the journal "Diplomatic History." The January 15th talk is titled "The United States and Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories: from Johnson to Trump."


Monday, January 08, 2018

Center Postdoc examines Israel's reaction to viral video

In his latest piece for "Asia Times," one of the most prominent English-language regional publications covering world news, Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim assesses Israel's diplomatic and political response to the viral video of a teenage Palestinian girl slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier.


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow publishes article on prominent news site

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim's article "Why Trump's statement has not led to violence in Jerusalem" was featured in the "Asia Times," one of the most prominent English-language regional publications covering world news.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Grad student has first at Association for Jewish Studies conference

Melissa Melpignano - a recipient of Center funding and a PhD Candidate in the Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance - organized and presented at the first artist-scholar panel ever at the December 17-19 Association for Jewish Studies conference in Washington D.C., "Choreographing Identities, Expanding Jewish Studies." Melpignano was joined by Israeli-American choreographer Hadar Ahuvia to talk about her work in which, through modern dance, she reflects upon Israeli folk dance. At the conference, Melpignano also moderated another discussion with scholars to assess how choreography can help individuals think about the issue of modernity in Hebrew culture.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Center Research Fellow to present at Columbia University

Center Research Fellow Nadav Molchadsky will give a presentation titled "From 'Missing' to 'Kidnapped': The Framing of the 'Yemenite Children Affair'" on the first day of the Dec. 7-9 conference "Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice" at Columbia University. Molchadsky's presentation will be part of the "Resisting Official Narratives: History and Memory in the Middle East" panel at the conference organized by the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network.


Monday, December 04, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow publishes article on settlements during the Johnson administration

In his article "Distraction and Deception: Israeli Settlements, Vietnam, and the Johnson Administration" in the journal "Diplomatic History," Y&S Nazarian Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim examines the emergence of settlements and how Israel used a policy of deception with an American administration distracted by the Vietnam War, which allowed the settlements to become entrenched.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Center-funded graduate student presents at Anthropology conference

Y&S Nazarian Center Graduate Student Research Fellowship recipient Yael Assor presented a paper titled "Unemotional Bureaucracies and the Production of Medical Knowledge" at the Nov. 28- Dec. 3 American Anthropological Association's Annual Meeting. Assor's presentation was part of the Nov. 29 panel "Biopolitics and the Therapeutic State" and is related to her current research on on how expectations in Israeli public media about the ethical conduct of the Medical Package Committee (Va'adat Sal Hatrufot) inform its decision-making process.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Center Director to speak about 70th anniversary of partition

Center Director Yoram Cohen will join a panel discussion on the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Resolution 181 this Wednesday. The panel will be moderated by Dan Schnur, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee Los Angeles, which is organizing the event alongside the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

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Exploring Israel's diversity

Semitics Master's student Marisol Fernandez ‘16 first encountered Israel's diverse communities while studying Hebrew in Jerusalem. Last summer, she delved deeper into the mosaic of Israeli society while learning Arabic in Haifa.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

A whirlwind month of Hebrew immersion in Israel

After studying Hebrew for three years, incoming senior Elizabeth Ho decided to spend a month in Israel over the summer immersing herself in the language thanks in part to support from the Nazarian Center.

Thursday, September 22, 2016