Faculty & Scholar News Archive

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

Visiting professor to speak at event on Middle East security

Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and Israel Institute Visiting Professor David Menashri - considered Israel's leading Iran expert - will speak at the Israel Policy Forum's Oct. 29th Middle East Security Forum at Sinai Temple. Professor Menashri will discuss the region's wide-range of security issues alongside prominent experts and former officials from Israel, the Palestinian Territories, the United States and Saudi Arabia.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Center Postdoc to Present at ASMEA Annual Conference

The Y&S Nazarian Center's Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim will present the opening day of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa's annual conference that runs from October 19th to 21st in Washington, DC. Ben-Ehpraim's paper on strategic studies looks at peace agreements and whether they often serve as victories for one of the negotiating partners. "Injustice for All?: Negotiated Victory in Civil War and the Rhodesian Bush War" uses the fifteen-year conflict in Rhodesia as a test case.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Center-Funded Grad Student to Present at Dance Studies Association Conference

Y&S Nazarian Center Graduate Student Research Fellowship recipient and UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance doctoral candidate Melissa Melpignano will present a paper titled "When Soldiers Go Viral: Digital Circulation of Dances in the Israeli Defense Forces" the last day of the Oct. 19-22 Dance Studies Association conference at Ohio State University. Melpignano was also invited to participate in a roundtable on "Contemporary Directions in Jewish Dance Scholarship" with leading scholars in the field of dance.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Center Director to participate in Association for Israel Studies conference

Center Director Yoram Cohen will participate in the 33rd Association for Israel Studies Annual Conference this summer where he will present a paper on "The Regional Influence of Israel's Water and Energy Resources." The conference will be held at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA from June 12-14.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Director to discuss Israel's water advances at Northwestern University

Center Director Yoram Cohen will join a panel of leading experts on water in the Middle East at Northwestern University's second annual "Water in Israel and the Middle East" symposium next Wednesday, May 24th. The focus of Cohen's talk will be Israel's advances in water treatment and desalination technology as well as the global benefits and challenges of these developments.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Faculty Advisory Board Member organizes conference with Israeli partners

Center FAB Member and Director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate Stuart Gabriel collaborated with the Bank of Israel and Tel Aviv University as well as American organizations on the April 6-7 Conference on Housing Affordability. Gabriel also delivered a presentation on mortgage modification at the Washington, D.C. event. This was the latest in a series of conferences on housing affordability Gabriel has helped organize in cooperation with Israeli institutions.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Two Center Scholars to participate in WJSA Annual Conference

Y&S Nazarian Center Visiting Lecturer Anat Gilboa and Research Fellow Nadav Molchadsky will be taking part in the upcoming Western Jewish Studies Association's Annual Conference at Claremont McKenna College. Gilboa will be presenting her research on "The Drive to Reconstruct the Lost Past in a New Land," which focuses on an Israeli émigré and the role creativity plays in rebuilding a home in the US. She will also chair a panel entitled "Aliyah as Advocacy, Image, and Literature." Molchadsky will chair the Sunday panel, "The Shaping of Modern Israel" and on Monday, "Israel Since the Six Day War."


Monday, March 20, 2017

Center Director to join panel on education and tolerance

Yoram Cohen will be one of three panelists participating in this Sunday's discussion entitled “The Currency of Knowledge: How Investing in Education Builds Greater Tolerance” organized by the American Technion Society. Cohen will be joined by a leader from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and a renowned journalist to discuss the benefits of investing in knowledge-based pursuits particularly for disadvantaged individuals and to highlight the links between improved education and tolerance.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Center Research Fellow to present at USC

On February 8th, Center Research Fellow Nadav Molchadsky will present his paper "Absent Children in a Captured Society: Israeli Discourse about the Missing Children Affair" that explores the two major explanations of the “Yemenite children affair” at USC Center for Law, History and Culture.


Monday, February 06, 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