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The Thomas and Diann Mann Lecture Series on Jews, America and Israel

The Thomas and Diann Mann Lecture Series on Jews, America and Israel explores the special and complex relationship between Israel and America.


Dr. Mitchell Bard, American Israel Enterprise Institute (AICE): “Israel on College Campuses: What Can We Learn from University of California?” (student workshop), and “The Arab Spring, Islamic Winter, and What It Means for Israel” (community lecture)


Rabbi Reuben Firestone, PhD, “Understanding Anti-Semitism in the Muslim World.”


Professor Donna Robinson Divine, Smith College, “BDS and the Middle East Conflict: A War Over Words.”


Yaniv Sagee, Executive Director, Givat Haviva, Israel, Mohammad Darawshe, Director, Shared Society Education Department, Givat Haviva: "MODELS OF EQUALITY AND COEXISTENCE: The Pragmatic Search for a Shared Society of Israelis and Palestinians".


Sarah Benor, Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion; Adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Southern California: "Hebrew Infusion: Israel, Judaism, and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps."


Israeli novelist Ruby Namdar, "The Ruined House”


New Perspectives on Israeli Migration 
Session 1: New Perspectives on Refuge from the Holocaust

Moderator:  Robin Judd, (The Ohio State University) 
Panel: Marion Kaplan, (New York University), Hitler’s Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal
Mikhal Dekel, (City College and  Graduate Center of the City University of New York)
            Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

Session 2: New Perspectives on Israeli Migration

Moderator: Naomi Brenner (The Ohio State University)
Panel: Rhona Seidelman, (The University of Oklahoma),
           Under Quarantine: Immigrants and Disease at Israel's Gate
           Ori Yehudai, (The Ohio State University): 
           Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Palestine and Israel after World War II


The Holocaust and the Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History
Amos Goldberg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Bashir Bashir, Open University of Israel 


Race and Ethnicity in Israeli History and Culture
Moderator: Ori Yehudai (The Ohio State University)
Panel: Uri Dorchin, (Behavioral Sciences Academic College, Zefat, Israel)
           Gabriella Djerrahian (Sociology and Anthropology Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)