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2018 Center for Israel Studies

• 70 years of Israeli statehood
• 20 years of CIS 

In 1998, Shimon Peres inaugurated the first center for Israel Studies in the country at American University.

Upcoming Events

"Israel News and Views" Student Lunch Discussion

with Professor Guy Ziv

Wednesday, March 21
1:00 - 2:30 PM
History Lounge (Battelle Tompkins Room 130)

"The U.S. and the Israel-Palestine Peace Process, Past and Present Future"

Monday, March 26
6:00 PM
Constitution Hall
RSVP: EventBrite Registration

Michael Brenner New Book Talk
In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea

Tuesday, April 10
7:00 PM
East Campus Constitution Hall

Dedication from Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres at AU Commencement

"Let me congratulate American University on your creation of a Center for Israel Studies. It is a timely and imaginative initiative in exploring Israel's many contributions to human dignity and progress in our country's 50 years of existence. You will help to bring together Israeli and American scholars, writers, artists, and scientists to share their knowledge and face the challenges of the new global era. This is a commendable idea and worthy of the widest support."

—Shimon Peres, former prime minister and president of Israel, giving a speech at AU's commencement after receiving an honorary doctorate.

Michael Brenner and Lillian Klein Abensohn

Humanities ·

Lillian Abensohn: Driving Force Behind AU Center for Israel Studies

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About the Center for Israel Studies (CIS)

Students in Israel

AU's Center for Israel Studies (CIS) is a nationally known pioneer and leader in the growing academic field of Israel Studies. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, going beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel's history, vibrant society, culture, multiethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical challenges. The center sponsors frequent public programs, including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits, in addition to the Minor in Israel Studies.

We invite you to be a part of the growth of our center by attending our programs and offering your support. Your commitment and generosity will ensure that CIS will continue to serve as a model throughout the nation in this growing field.