The Y&S Nazarian Center hosted the first-ever Israel Studies conference for undergraduate students on June 3rd
Winners of the best presentation and best paper awards with Center Director Yoram Cohen and Postdoctoral Fellow and Program Chair Shaiel Ben-Ephraim
Students share diverse experiences from their time studying abroad in Israel
Left: Ramses Bulatao ('17) at the Western Wall Right: Rebecca Handler ('19) on Israel's coastline
In his Guest Column, Visiting Asst. Prof. Uri Dorchin explores Israel's Eurovision victory in the context of wider societal dynamics
Israel's Eurovision 2018 contestant and competition winner, Netta Barzilai (Photo: Wouter van Vliet, EuroVisionary) CC BY-SA 4.0
Visiting Asst. Prof. Daniel Stein Kokin examines themes of myth-making and breaking across seven decades of Israeli music
Left: Chizbatron Troupe, formed by Palmach Members,1949 (Photo: Israeli Governmental Press Office) Right: Hadag Nahash performing in 2011 in Beersheba (Photo: Eman/Wikimedia Commons) CC BY-SA 3.0


Honest Bodies: Revolutionary Modernism in the Dances of Anna Sokolow
Book talk by Hannah Kosstrin, Assistant Professor of Dance, Ohio State University
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
"I'm a Civil War" - Film Screening and Director Q&A
A Documentary about Israeli Poet Haim Gouri
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
From Campus to Market: Technology Transfer in the US and Israel
Friday, October 26, 2018
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM


Guest Column

Israeli music and the national consciousness of dislocation

In his Guest Column, Visiting Assistant Professor Uri Dorchin puts Israel's recent success at the Eurovision contest into the context of what he sees as the country's continuing search for acceptance by the West.

Student Voices

Students share their study abroad experiences

Students who recently studied in Israel share diverse experiences from their time studying abroad thanks to funding provided by the Y&S Nazarian Center.

Guest Column

"For All Your Songs" - Seven Decades of Israeli Music

Center Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin explores seven decades of Israeli history through musical selections, examining common themes of myth-making as well as myth-breaking.

Student Voices

Students discuss exploring new perspectives in Center-sponsored course

In Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim's course "Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture," students engaged with diverse viewpoints on the wide range of topics covered in the Spring Quarter class.


Graduate Student Research Fellowship recipient presents and leads at dance conference

Israel Studies Graduate Student Research Fellowship recipient Melissa Melpignano shared her research on Israeli dance during the Cold War at the July 5-8 Dance Studies Association Annual Conference held earlier this week at the University of Malta. The PhD candidate in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance presented her paper "Ideologies Contended: Dancing Israel in the Cold War" on the "Choreographing Contention, Dancing Cold War (1940s-1960s)" panel. Melpignano also chaired two other panels and served on the conference's fifteen-person board of directors.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Center participates widely in Association for Israel Studies conference

Research conducted by five Center-affiliated scholars was presented at the Association for Israel Studies' June 25-27 annual conference at UC Berkeley. Center Director Yoram Cohen, Research Fellow Liron Lavi, Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim, and Graduate Student Research Fellowship recipients Yael Assor (Anthropology) and Arnon Degani (History) all shared their research on a wide variety of topics during the three day program. More information can be found on the Center's Presentations page. Deputy Director Maura Resnick also participated in the proceedings as the chair of a panel on Israeli education.

Thursday, June 28, 2018


Symposium for undergrads interested in Israel Studies research
The three day Honors Symposium hosted by the Israel Institute offers an opportunity for sophomores, juniors, and seniors considering graduate work related to the modern state of Israel to access cutting-edge scholarship in the field of Israel Studies, insiders' understanding of graduate work, and strategic advice about pursuing an academic career.

Highlights from Spring Quarter and Center plans for 2018-19
Program, student and Center scholar highlights from the quarter and a preview of what's to come in the new academic year.