News & Articles

Western analytical paradigm fails to perceive Middle Eastern realities

The West frequently gets things wrong in the Middle East because it projects its own ideology and terminology on Middle Eastern developments, argued Israeli Ambassador Haim Koren at a recent Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies event.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No ordinary librarian

Polyglot bibliographer David Hirsch has traveled throughout six of the world's seven continents to build UCLA Library collections in Middle East, Jewish, Central Asian, South Asian and Armenian Studies.
Thursday, March 09, 2017

Israel's Supreme Court: A case study in judicial activism and its limitations

In his recent talk at UCLA, University of Haifa Professor Gad Barzilai painted the picture of a highly active Israeli Supreme Court that has made a significant imprint on Israeli society. But he also asserted that the country's highest judicial body has been reluctant to upset the basic power structure in the country.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Attempting to find justice in Israel through caring

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Uri Yanay is an expert in “restorative justice,” a method for achieving justice outside of courtrooms. While at UCLA, Yanay will give a talk sponsored by the Y&S Nazarian Center on grassroots restorative justice efforts involving Israelis and Palestinians.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Israel and the Rise of Iran in an Era of Weak Arab States

Tel Aviv University professor and prominent Middle East historian Asher Susser spoke about the rise of Islamic radicalism, the shifting balance of power to Iran in the Middle East, and the potential implications of Iranian expansionism for Israel.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Israeli Security: Historical Factors and Modern Challenges

In a talk hosted by the Y&S Nazarian Center, Professor Gerald Steinberg of Bar-Ilan University spoke about traditional Israeli security issues and the new threats posed by years of regional instability.
Thursday, December 01, 2016

Israel Among Countries Facing Challenges to Democracy

Professor Itzhak Galnoor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem spoke about the weakening commitment to democratic principles in Israel and across the globe on Monday, but also left room for optimism about the future.
Friday, November 18, 2016

Clay Sculptures Reveal Psychological Adaptations of Ethiopian Immigrants to Israel

Works by Ethiopian-Israeli artists on display in Powell Library highlight the psychological changes the community has undergone in its transition to Israel.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Exhibition of Ethiopian Israeli art opens Nov. 1 in Powell Library

The clay sculptures featured in the exhibit blend Ethiopian and Israeli influences.
Monday, October 31, 2016

A Russian-Born Israeli's Push for Bilingualism in Israel

Professor Mila Schwartz has made it her mission to encourage bilingualism in Israel, and years of research inspired by her personal experiences have made a difference. Schwartz will discuss the changes in Israel's language education policies on October 5 at UCLA.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Leading Mid-East Expert Discusses Impacts of Regional Security Dynamics on Israel

In a talk to Nazarian Center supporters, Ambassador Dennis Ross described how changing security dynamics throughout the region have significant implications for Israel.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Using the Visual to Help Students Understand a Changing Israeli Society

Nazarian Center lecturer Anat Gilboa is making a changing society accessible to UCLA students through images and film.
Friday, September 09, 2016

Israel's Water Innovations: A Q&A with a Water Technology Expert

Professor Raphael Semiat of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology discussed water technologies helping Israel harness its non-traditional water sources and the environmental impacts of desalination with the Nazarian Center prior to his September 13th talk at UCLA.
Friday, September 09, 2016

How Do You Say Summer in Hebrew?

Students with a wide range of interests participated in UCLA's eight-week intensive language program.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nazarian Center Student Advisory Council Hosts Inaugural Event

The Student Advisory Council's first event brought together a wide range of UCLA students to experience the artistic tradition of henna.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Faculty & Scholar News

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."

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.

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Student Voices

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.

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.