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REGISTER NOW for these three keynote lectures by prominent Israeli scholars and thinkers.
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Israel's President Reuven Rivlin at UCLA award ceremony Feb. 18.

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Prof. Cheryl Keyes makes a point during the "Blackness in Israel" Symposium, Feb. 24.
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Amb. Dennis Ross speaks to UCLA class. To hear "Israel In Depth" podcast with Ross,(click here).





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Isaac Herzog presenting Harry Sigman Distinguished Lecture in Israel Studies, Feb. 5. (Click Here) to view.



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UPCOMING EVENTS

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"Israeli Democracy: Historical Origins and Future Perspectives"
Democracy in Israel Series via Zoom
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)

MULTIMEDIA

WEBINAR RECORDING
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Governing the Sacred: Political Toleration in Five Contested Sacred Sites

On November 23, political scientist Nahshon Perez (Bar-Ilan University) discussed his new book, Governing the Sacred: Political Toleration in Five Contested Sacred Sites (Oxford University Press, 2020). The book, co-authored with Yuval Jobani, blends politics...

PODCAST
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ISRAEL IN DEPTH – With guest Scott Lasensky, assessing President Trump's record on Israel and his administration's unconventional approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

On this episode of Israel in Depth, Dov Waxman talks to Scott Lasensky, who served as a senior policy advisor in the Obama Administration, about President Trump's record on Israel, his popularity among Israelis, and...


NEWS & ARTICLES

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Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies mourns the passing of preeminent Israeli legal scholar Ruth Gavison

The renowned scholar and prominent activist for civil rights was committed to preserving Israel's identity as a Jewish and democratic state.

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Faculty Q&A: Normalization Agreement Announced Between Israel and UAE ​

UCLA Professor Dov Waxman, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies and the director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, talks about the significance and implications of Israel and the United Arab Emirates announcing an opening of diplomatic ties.

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Center publishes second issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is excited to announce the publication of the latest issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, our bi-annual publication. The Summer 2020 issue features an article by Dr. Uri Dorchin, “The History, Politics and Social Construction of ‘Blackness' in Israel.” Read the latest issue here: https://ucla.in/2CRQcW6

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Nazarian Center visiting scholars make impactful contributions

In the 2019-20 academic year, the Nazarian Center's visiting professors and postdocs significantly contributed to the center's mission of advancing public knowledge and academic scholarship about Israel.


FACULTY & SCHOLAR NEWS

New book on 'Blackness in Israel' is co-edited by Dr. Uri Dorchin

Cultural anthropologist Uri Dorchin, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies for the 2019-20 academic year, is co-editor of a new book, Blackness in Israel: Rethinking Racial Boundaries, along with Gabriella Djerrahian of Concordia University. This book explores contemporary inflections of Blackness in Israel and foregrounds them in the historical geographies of Europe, the Middle East, and North America. More details: https://bit.ly/2Vjdo5l.


Center director co-authors analysis piece in Washington Post

Professor Dov Waxman, director of the Nazarian Center, co-authored an analysis piece published Nov. 19 in the Washington Post, "Pompeo just visited the West Bank. That's likely to deepen the partisan division over Israel-Palestine." Co-authored with political scientist Jeremy Pressman (University of Connecticut). Read here: https://wapo.st/3lRPZni


DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

Welcome to the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. Israel is a small country that looms large in public and academic discourse. The passions it evokes often present obstacles to nuanced analysis and civil discussion. Understanding the complexities of modern Israel requires knowledge from many academic disciplines and an awareness of multiple viewpoints and narratives. Through a commitment to academic rigor, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and ...(read more)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Center sponsoring diverse courses in Winter quarter
The classes cover a wide range of topics, including modern Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, and literature, and can count towards a number of different degrees in departments across campus.

Y&S Nazarian Center launches annual newsletter

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is excited to launch its inaugural ​annual newsletter, which features the center's teaching, research and outreach activities for the campus and the broader community.

Center accepting applications for 2020-21 Student Advisory Council
The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies invites students of all backgrounds and majors to apply to serve on our 2020-21 Student Advisory Council.

Call for applications for visiting scholar positions
The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies invites applications for Visiting Scholar positions for the 2021-2022 academic year (September 20, 2021 - June 10, 2022). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of March 1, 2021. Click headline for more details.