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One Day University

Program & Schedule

Sunday, January 29, 2012

  • 9 to 9:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. Welcome - Gene Block, UCLA Chancellor

Opening Remarks

  • Younes Nazarian, Founder and Chair, Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation
  • Arieh Saposnik, Nazarian Center Director


Israel in the Shifting Sands of the Middle East
9:35 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Leonard Binder, Professor of Political Science, UCLA
  • Etel Solingen, Chancellor's Professor, Political Science, UC Irvine
  • Steve Spiegel, Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for Middle East Development, UCLA

Moderator: Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, Norman Abrams, UCLA

Minority-Majority Relations in Israel: Between Security and Civil Rights
10:35 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Kassem Nabulsi, Professor of Political Science, California State University Northridge and Visiting Scholar, Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, UCLA
  • Ayelet Harel-Shalev, Research Fellow, Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, UCLA
  • Orit Gazit, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, UCLA

Moderator: Roger Waldinger, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UCLA

11:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Israeli Culture and Jewish Culture: Revolution or Continuity?
11:45 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

  • Arnold Band, Professor Emeritus of Hebrew & Comperative Literature, UCLA
  • Jody Myers, Professor of Jewish Studies, California State University Northridge
  • Arieh Saposnik, Director, Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Gibert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA

Moderator: Carol Bakhos, Assoc. Professor of Antique Judaism and Jewish Studies, UCLA

Luncheon with Special Guest Speaker: SOLD OUT

Howard Gordon
Co-Creator/Executive Producer of "Homeland" - the hit TV drama based on the Israeli show "Hatufim" (Prisoners of War)

12:45 to 2 p.m.

Strategic Challenges: Security, Economics & Infrastructure
2:05 to 3 p.m.

  • Neil Netanel, Professor of Law, UCLA
  • Yoram Cohen, Professor of Engineering and Director, Water Technology Research Center, UCLA
  • Stuart Gabriel, Arden Realty Chair, Professor of Finance and Director, Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate, UCLA

Moderator: Arieh Saposnik

Israel and the American Jewish Community: Family Bonds or Sibling Rivalry
3:05 to 4 p.m.

  • David Myers, Professor of History, UCLA
  • Rabbi David Wolpe, Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles
  • Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, Executive Director of Hillel, UCLA
  • Judea Pearl, Professor of Computer Science, UCLA; President, Daniel Pearl Foundation

Moderator: Rob Eshman, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles