Faculty & Scholar News Archive

Center Research Fellow wins prestigious political science award

Last week, Center Research Fellow Liron Lavi received the Best Dissertation Award from the Israeli Political Science Association. Her dissertation - "It's a Matter of Time: a Temporal Perspective on Elections and Democracy" - examined how references to the past and predictions of the future play a role in voters' understanding of elections. Lavi received her PhD from Tel-Aviv University in 2017, and conducted part of her doctoral research at UCLA, thanks in-part to support from the Y&S Nazarian Center.


Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Center Postdoc presents at prestigious international relations convention

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim participated in the April 4 Junior Scholars Symposium at the International Studies Association's annual convention. Ben-Ephraim's presentation "Signaling a Willingness to Settle: The Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories as a Bargaining Commitment Problem" was part of the "Conflict in the Middle East" session.


Thursday, April 05, 2018

Center Director & Visiting Professor help prepare 7th-graders for Israel trip

Y&S Nazarian Center Director Yoram Cohen and Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin gave presentations to a group of 7th graders from The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in preparation for their trip next year to Israel. Professors Cohen and Stein Kokin covered basic topics and also shared information about the important sites the students will visit. Also presenting was Faculty Advisory Boardmember Mark Kligman from the Ethnomusicology Department who spoke about Israeli music and culture.


Friday, February 16, 2018

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

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Upcoming conference takes on water challenges in the Middle East

Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Director Yoram Cohen discusses the May 7 conference on water challenges and solutions in two world regions highly impacted by climate change.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“Waking Lions” depicts unseen Israelis

Speaking about her new novel at the Y&S Nazarian Center, Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen described the “unseen” Israel and the role of literature in revealing the things we don't want to know about ourselves.

Monday, March 12, 2018


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Guest Columns

Trump and the settlements: No cause for optimism or pessimism

Y&S Nazarian Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim assesses Israel's settlement policies and prospects for the peace process under the Trump administration.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Partial partitions: Reflections on divisions of Palestine/Israel imagined and realized

Seventy years after the United Nations voted to partition the territory of the British Mandate of Palestine into Jewish and Palestinian states, Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin sees striking similarities between modern efforts to resolve territorial disputes and the original partition plan.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


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Student Voices

Students share experiences from "Symbolic Places & Spaces" class

Students spoke with the Center about Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein-Kokin's Fall 2017 course, "Symbolic Places and Spaces in Modern Israel and the Palestinian Territories."

Thursday, February 08, 2018

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


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