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In 1998, Shimon Peres inaugurated the first center for Israel Studies in the country at American University. The center sponsors frequent public programs, including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits, in addition to the Minor in Israel Studies.

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Two States or One? Rethinking the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Wednesday, November 1
11:30-12:30 
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The idea of the partition of Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state began with the Peel Plan in 1937, continued with the UN resolution 181 in 1947 and constituted the basis for all peace negotiations ever since. But in recent years more voices can be heard both on the right and the left who believe that the two-state solution is no longer viable. Panelists will discuss the viability of the two state solution, as well as the alternatives, including how one bi-national state might look:

  • Omri Boehm (New School for Social Research)
  • Yael Aronoff (Michigan State University)
  • Saliba Sarsar (Monmouth University)

For links to videos of our 2020-21 Antisemitism Series visit the Antisemitism series website.

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About the Center for Israel Studies (CIS)

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.

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Daniel and Helen Sonenshine

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AU’s Center for Israel Studies Receives $1.5 Million Gift

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A panel hosted by the Center for Israal Studies

Center for Israel Studies Receives Two Major Matching-Challenge Gifts

Meltzer and Trone families donate to $10 million fundraising campaign.

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Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner Wins First Baron Award for Scholarly Excellence

American University’s Michael Brenner has received the very first Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Award for Scholarly Excellence in Research on the Jewish Experience, established this year by the University of Vienna and the Knapp Family Foundation

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Emily Haber

Anti-Semitism on the Rise

German Ambassador Emily Haber speaks at AU about growing problem in Europe and US

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