UCLA to host international Israel studies conference, June 24-26

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami to deliver keynote talk

UCLA's Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies will host the 29th annual conference of the Association for Israel Studies at UCLA, the first time the international event will take place on the West Coast.
The three-day conference, "Israel in the International Arena: Scholarship, Imagery, Discourse and Public Policy," brings together some 300 scholars from around the world — including the U.S., Israel, Canada, England, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Hungary and China — for more than 80 panels and roundtable discussions addressing topics in history, politics, law, economics, international relations, literature and art.
Many panels will bring new insights to familiar topics, while others will delve into subjects rarely covered in the headlines — from Israeli secularism and feminist movements, to journalism and the arts, to China's views of Israel and the Jewish people. The conference will also examine the state of Israel studies, both within Israel and internationally, and its impact on discourse about Israel in universities and schools. 
The event's keynote address will be delivered Shlomo Ben Ami, Israel's former foreign minister.
For general conference information, visit http://bit.ly/105r6qh; for information about registration and fees, see http://bit.ly/1810vzH.  
Monday–Wednesday, June 24–26
UCLA School of Law (map) and other locations on the UCLA campus
Panels and roundtables will feature hundreds of scholars from around the globe, including including UCLA's Arieh Saposnik, director of the Nazarian Center, conference program chair and associate professor in UCLA's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, dean of the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies; David Myers, UCLA professor of history; and Norman Abrams,UCLA distinguished professor emeritus of law and acting chancellor emeritus.
For a full list of conference speakers and events, please visit http://bit.ly/14MDAF0. Among the conference's highlights:
Shlomo Ben Ami — 'Zionism, Israel and the World' (keynote)
6 p.m., Monday, June 24
UCLA's Schoenberg Hall (map)
(Advance registration required at http://ucla.in/15nSxKz)
Fee: $20 (free for UCLA faculty, staff and students with ID)
Ben Ami, Israel's former foreign minister, is professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University and vice president of the Toledo International Center for Peace in Madrid. Well known for his work on the Middle East peace process, particularly at the Camp David and Taba negotiations of 2000 and 2001, Ben Ami will share his insights on Israel's and Zionism's international relations.
'Israel Education and Scholarship: The Academy and the Community'
12:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 26
UCLA's Dodd Hall, Room 147 (map)
(Advance registration required at http://ucla.in/15nSxKz)
At this third plenary session, which is free and open to the public, leading academics and local educators will discuss the issues surrounding teaching about Israel in universities and schools, and the impact of Israel studies as an academic discipline.
Peggy McInerny, UCLA International Institute
310-794-7726 | p_mcinerny@international.ucla.edu

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