Taub Center Speakers Program

Each year, the Taub Center organizes a series of public lectures by international scholars. The Speakers Program offers the academic community and the general public a chance to participate in a dynamic dialogue about issues, events, and scholarship related to Israel.

Speakers Program / Fall 2014

September 15, 2014


53 Washington Square South

Lessons Learned from the Israeli-Palestinian Peace-Finding Process

 yair-image.jpg       Professor Yair Hirschfeld, University of Haifa



          The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies


Dr. Yair Hirschfeld will provide an insider account as to why Secretary Kerry's Peace Initiative for the Middle East failed and discuss why a less ambitious effort would have prevented the foreseeable break-down of negotiations. Hirschfeld will argue that the definition of peace, as such, is decisive for a successful outcome. It has to be understood that "peace is not a piece of paper, or a given moment, but an ongoing process, when former enemies learn gradually to trust each other."

Based on this basic understanding Hirschfeld will describe the causes that permitted the successful conclusion of the Oslo Accords, and the dramatic inside story, that caused later failures and set-backs. Hirschfeld will analyze the importance and problems of US mediation, of other inputs of the international community, as well as the impact of the regional powers, and particularly the ongoing struggle between radical militant Islamic state- and non-state actors, with the pragmatic pro-Western Arab states and Israel.

          RSVP via E-mail> rsvp.taub@nyu.edu

October 21, 2014


53 Washington Square South, 1st Floor

Is Arab/Jewish Coexistence in Israel Possible?

Professor Yuli Tamir, former Israeli Education Minister

Dr. Tamir is former Minister of Education and Minister of Immigration in Israel, and is currently President of the Shenkar College of Industry and Design in Tel Aviv. She received a BA in Biology and an MA in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD in political philosophy from Oxford. Between 1989 and 1999, she was a philosophy lecturer in Tel Aviv University and a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, Princeton and Harvard universities. She served as a member of the Israeli Knesset between 2003 and 2010. This year, she is co-teaching a course in NYU's Steinhardt School with Bethamie Horowitz.

October 28, 2014


Grand Hall, 238 Thompson Street


Shattered Rhymes: The Life and Poetry of Erez Bitton

Film Screening, Panel Discussion and Poetry Reading.

More information to come...

Cosponsored by:

NYU Center for Media and Religion
Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
NYU Council for the Study of Disability


November 9, 2014


53 Washington Square South, Screening Room

Screenings From The Other Israel Film Festival


dir. Mushon Salmona

The story of Raed and Sleiman, Bedouin cousins, who make their way in life between their parents' tradition and their wish to be part of modern Israeli Society. Their journey, aspirations, and their impossible love to the same Jewish girl, tells the story of a whole community in transition.

Write Down, I'm an Arab

dir. Ibtisam Mara'ana Menuchin

An intimate portrait of the Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish, from an unexpected perspective: the women who influenced his work. Darwish's tumultuous life story is brought to screen by an Israeli Jewish lover, his first wife, personal interviews, and rare archival material. Through these components, the film aims to understand Darwish's inspiration for some of his most provocative songs, and the passion behind his work.

Q&A with directors following the screenings

November 17, 2014


53 Washington Square South, 1st Floor

The World Jewish Congress during the Holocaust: Between Restraint and Activism

Professor Zohar Sagev, University of Haifa



November 24, 2014


53 Washington Square South, 1st Floor

Israel as Western and Non-Western

Professor Sammy Smooha, University of Haifa


December 4, 2014


Location TBD

Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State

Following the 1948 war and the creation of the state of Israel, Palestinian Arabs comprised just fifteen percent of the population but held a much larger portion of its territory. Offered immediate suffrage rights and, in time, citizenship status, they nonetheless found their movement, employment, and civil rights restricted by a draconian military government put in place to facilitate the colonization of their lands. Citizen Strangers traces how Jewish leaders struggled to advance their historic settler project while forced by new international human rights norms to share political power with the very people they sought to uproot.

Professor Shira Robinson, George Washington  University

Discussion moderated by Dr. Leena Dallasheh, Rice University

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