Upcoming Center for Israel Studies Events

Being Black in Israel Today

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Online Event Registration: https://tinyurl.com/blackinisrael

The Black Lives Matter Movement has become a vocal force of social justice in the U.S. While blackness has different meanings in Israel than in the US, the Jewish state too has witnessed street protests against discrimination and police violence against black Israelis. Please join us for a panel discussion on the complex definitions of "blackness" in Israel and on the blurring of color lines in a highly diverse society.  


Participating in the discussion will be cultural anthropologist Uri Dorchin, author of Israeli Hip Hop/ Hip Hop in Israel (2012) and co-editor of Blackness in Israel: Rethinking Racial Boundaries (Routledge, forthcoming Nov. 2020) and Israeli activists Pnina Gaday-Agenyahu, and Ashager Araro.  

Antisemitism Since the Holocaust: America, Israel + Europe: Series FALL 2020

First Session: The Deep Roots of Modern Anti-Judaism 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm 

Online Event Registration: https://tinyurl.com/antisemitismseriesAU

A ZOOM link will be sent to those who register.

Please join American University's Jewish Studies Program and Center for Israel Studies for a virtual series on antisemitism since 1945. Antisemitism around the globe did not collapse with the defeat of Nazi Germany. Rather, antisemitic propaganda, attacks, and violence continued to surface and explode in the years following the war as they continue to do today.  Even as Munich (1972), Entebbe (1976), and the Achille Lauro (1985) were metonyms for antisemitic acts in their day, Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and Poway have recently become metonyms for antisemitism in contemporary America.

The series, “Antisemitism Since the Holocaust: Israel, America, and Europe,” brings together distinguished scholars of Israeli, American, and European history to reflect broadly on antisemitism over the past seventy-five years.  Inspired by our current moment, this series of conversations, sponsored by American University’s Center for Israel Studies and the Jewish Studies Program, brings needed perspective and context to recent events. 

For more information on this series, as well as full descriptions of individual events in the series with speakers,  click here: https://tinyurl.com/AntisemitismSeries 

Contact: cutler@american.edu, 202-885-3780

Sonenshine lecture by Derek Penslar: U.S. Jews and Israel During the 1948 War

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Online event registration: https://tinyurl.com/sonenshinepenslar

The Center for Israel Studies invites you to join us online to hear Historian Derek Penslar (Harvard University) give the inaugural Helen and Daniel Sonenshine Lecture on American Jews' attitudes towards Israel during the Israeli War of Independence. During the 1948 War, American Jews provided Israel with unprecedented levels of assistance. They were motivated by a complex blend of emotions: pride in the state’s establishment and fear for its survival, compassion for Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and guilt for having passed World War II on safe ground while two thirds of European Jewry was murdered. These feelings were shared by Jews far beyond the relatively small circle of Zionist activists. During the 1948 War, American Jews formed a diffuse, informal, yet tightly-bound emotional community.


The event Q&A will be moderated by Professor Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Center for Israel Studies. A ZOOM viewing link will be sent to those who register.

Contact: cutler@american.edu, 202-885-3780