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Meltzer Schwartzberg Center for Israel Studies

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.

CIS Events

2023 Helen and Daniel Sonenshine Lecture:
"US-Israel Relations in the Biden Era: Challenges and Opportunities" with US Ambassador Thomas Nides
October 9, 7 pm | Constitution Hall
Learn more and register for the 10/9 lecture.

Voices for Change: Music Transforming Conflict Performance by Jerusalem Youth Chorus and AU Chamber Singers
October 29, 5-6:30 pm | Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Aspen Institute
Learn more and register for Voices for Change.

See our past events on the CIS Video Playlist and Israeli Writers series of webinars or the November 2022 Israel Democracy conference.

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Join the Center for Israel Studies

  • We invite AU students to learn more about us in the website, attend events, or Minor in Israel Studies.
  • We invite the public 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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Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2023, American University’s Center for Israel Studies (CIS) is one of the nation’s premier educational centers for nurturing and catalyzing Israel Studies. CIS's multidisciplinary approach goes beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel’s history, vibrant society, culture, multiethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical issues. Using AU’s expertise in global education and its central location in Washington, DC, the Center serves as a national and international hub for building bridges and highlighting the diverse achievements and challenges across Israel. 

News & Notes

Amy and Alan Meltzer

With a New Name AU’s Center for Israel Studies Turns 25

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Student Yazan Nusiebeh and Professor Michael Brenner

‘Speaking to each other is the best way of building bridges’

After publishing opposing opinion articles on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, professor and student start friendship

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