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.

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Speakers Program / Spring 2017

Taub Center is Co-sponsoring>

February 16, 2017


The Hagop Kevorkian Center

255 Sullivan Street

Gray Space & Creeping Urban Apartheid: Learning from Israel-Palestine

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March 1, 2017


14A Washington Mews, 1st Floor

"Gaza, the Peace Process and Two-States: Current and Future Prospects"

Omar Shaban, PalThink for Strategic Studies

Join the Taub Center for a special panel with Mr. Omar Shaban, the head of PalThink for Strategic Studies from Gaza. As an independent analyst and an active civil society figure in the Gaza Strip, Mr. Shaban will share his unique perspective on the present Palestinian political scene, the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip and its impact on the overall situation in Israel/Palestine. He will discuss also the prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine and the future of the two-State solution.

BIO: Omar Shaban is an analyst on political economy of the Middle East and the founder of PalThink for Strategic Studies. Omar Shaban was candidate for the 1st Palestinian parliamentary elections in 1996. He is independent from any political affiliation. Omar regularly writes for various international magazines and has been interviewed by many well-known international newspapers. He occasionally participates in conferences on political and economic issues, and Palestinian affairs such as the reconstruction of Gaza, the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Euro-Med cooperation.

March 6, 2017


14A Washington Mews, 1st Floor

"The New Strategic Landscape in the East Mediterranean"

Efraim Inbar, Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies

Join the Taub Center for a lecture by Professor Efraim Inbar, founding director of The Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies. A veteran authority on strategic developments in the Mideast and expert on Israeli strategic doctrine, he will discuss the dynamic politics of the region.

April 6, 2017


14A Washington Mews, 1st Floor

"Women of the Wall: Navigating Religion in the Public Sphere"

Yuval Jobani, University of Pennsylvania


April 27, 2017


5 Washington Place, first floor

"Normalizing Occupation: The Politics of Everyday Life in the West Bank Settlements"

Book Launch and Panel Discussion featuring:

Yinon Cohen (Columbia)

Leila Farsakh (UMass Boston)

Erez Maggor (NYU)

Michael Shalev (Hebrew University)



From our Colleagues>

Date: March 2, 2017

Time/Location: 7:30pm, 92nd Street Y

Remembering Yitzhak Rabin: Itamar Rabinovich with Dalia Rabin

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Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich


Please note - this is a courtesy listing. Ambassador Rabinovich is a Global Distinguished Professor with the Taub Center, but we are not sponsoring this event.

Fall 2016

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September 19th, 2016

6:30 pm

14A Washington Mews, 1st Floor

"A Home for All Jews: Citizenship, Rights, and National Identity in the New Israeli State"

Dr. Orit Rozin


September 20th, 2016

6:30 pm

Kimmel Center, Room 914

Israel in a Changing Middle East

MK Tzipi Livni

TzipiLivniheadshot.jpg Tzipi Livni
Co-leader, Zionist Union Party; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel

 MK Livni has held a variety of ministerial positions in the Israeli government. These include Minister of Foreign Affairs, Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, and Head of the Israeli team in the peace process negotiations with the Palestinians in 2008 and 2013.

Livni served as member of the National Security Cabinet and the Senior Security Cabinet during the Second Lebanon War, Operation Cast Lead and Operation Protective Edge. Livni served as a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces and later in the Mossad. She holds a law degree and has practiced law for over a decade. She also served as Director General of the Government Companies Authority.

 Livni is currently the head of the Hatnua Party and co-leader of the Zionist Union, which heads the opposition. She is a member of the Foreign Affairs - Defense Committee, and head of the Subcommittee for International Legal Warfare. She engages in issues of asymmetrical warfare and Israel’s national security.

co-sponsored with the NYU Bronfman Center and The Tamid Group at NYU

October 13th, 2016


14A Washington Mews, 1st Floor

Film Screening of 4th Chapter in "On the Left" and Discussion with Israeli Filmmaker Ron Cahlili


"On the Left" is a four-chapter documentary series that tells the story of the Israeli left (Zionist and non-Zionist, Marxist and non-Marxist), from the founding of the state of Israel in 1948 until present time. The narrative of the series is chronological, while it conveys the changes, upheavals, and dramatic turn points along the years. The chapter screened will cover years 1995 - 2012..

October 18th, 2016


The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place

Screening of "Oriented" and discussion with Jay Rosen


Oriented is a feature documentary that follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. Join us for an exclusive screening of Oriented and talk-back with Jay Rosen (GAL BA ’04), director Jay Witzenfeld, and other special guests.

Co-sponsored with the Gallatin School of Individualized Study

& the NYU LGBTQ Center

October 20th, 2016

6:30 pm

14A Washington Mews, 1st Floor

"Israeli Democracy - Past, Present, and Future"

Nir Kedar

November 10th, 2016

6:30 pm

4 Washington Place, Room 122

"Between Fences"

Film Screening and Discussion with Director Avi Mograbi


A Q&A session will follow the film screening.


Co-sponsored by: The Kevorkian Center (NYU)

November 13th, 2016

All Day Conference

Kimmel Center, Room 914

"Relations Between Arabs and Jews in Israel: Recent Developments and Future Trends"

Event webpage can be found here

Jointly organized with The University of Haifa


Co-sponsored by: The Kevorkian Center (NYU) and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (NYU)

December 4, 2016

3:30 pm

53 Washington Square South

First Floor Screening Room

Other Israel Film Festival Screenings & Discussion

Short Films:

"Keys" (Dir. Hadar Reichman, 11 min. Narrative)

"Take Three" (Dir. Ayelet Bechar, 15 min. Documentary)

Full Length Feature:

"The 90-Minute War" (Dir. Eyal Halfon, 2016, US Premiere)

In Conjunction with The Other Israel Film Festival

Past Speakers Programs