Past Events

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2018 Midterms: Post-Election Panel and the Center's Opening Event
The Day After: Where is America Heading in the Wake of the 2018 Midterm Elections?
In a special post-election round-table discussion, we gathered a host of experts to analyze the results and speculate on what might be in store for America, and the world, in the next two years of the Trump Presidency. The panel, hosted by the Center's director Dr. Yoav Fromer, included senior TAU faculty members Prof. Yossi Shain (chair of the School of Government) and Dr. Yael Sternhell (Department of History and American Studies), as well as renowned Israeli journalists Nitzan Horowitz and Tal Schneider. The occasion also marked the formal opening of the Center and included remarks by the Dean of the Humanities, Prof. Leo Corry, Dr. Udi Sommer (Dept. of Political Science), Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla (Executive Director of the US-Israel Educational Fund) and Terry Davidson (Adviser to the Ambassador of the United States in Israel for Public Affairs and Culture) 

Click on the image to see the Invitation. Follow the link to watch a video of the Opening event.

Special Guest Lecture: Prof. Steven Ross (University of Southern California)


Renowned historian Prof. Steven Ross (USC), visited the Center to give two lectures about his pioneering work on Jewish-American history and cinema. His first lecture, given in front of a public audience at Tel Aviv University, introduced themes from his recent book (a Pulizer Prize finalist) that surveyed the remarkable story behind Nazi plots against Hollywood and America in the 1930s. His second talk, with graduate students and faculty from the social sciences, focused on the historical relationship between politics and film in American history. 

Click on the image to see the Invitation. Follow the link to watch a video of Prof. Steven Ross' talks.

Special Guest Lecture: Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)


Chair of the FCC, Mr. Ajit Pai, held a rare Q&A session with our students and faculty from the department of Political Science during his official visit to Israel. Focusing on the challenges of regulating technological change, he talked about dilemmas of privacy, civil liberties and corporate responsibility while candidly addressing what the federal government can - and cannot - do, when it comes to the internet.

Click on the image to see the Invitation. Follow the link to watch an exclusive interview with Mr. Ajit Pai by the Center's director Dr. Yoav Fromer.

Special Guest Lecture: Prof. Lawrence Baron (San Diego State University)


It was a full house: dozens of students and faculty members from TAU's film school and American Studies Program came to hear Prof. Lawrence Baron talk about American-Jewish directors in Hollywood. From Elain May to Barbara Streisand and Lena Dunham, Baron explained how their Jewish identity and the experience of growing up in a Jewish immigrant family were expressed on screen through their cinematic works.

Special Guest Lecture: Dr. Jennifer Lee Hoffman (University of Washington)

Dr. Jennifer Lee Hoffman (University of Washington) joined a start-studded panel of Israeli athletes (including the Olympic Sailor and World Champion, Ms. Vered Buskila, and the Head Coach of Israeli Women Soccer National Team, Mr. Guy Azuri), the sports journalist Mr. Lior Bartal and Dr. Udi Sommer (TAU's Dept. of Political Science), to discuss sports, gender, and questions of inequality in American and Israeli society


Please follow this link to read more about the event and watch an exclusive interview and the panel discussion with Dr. Hoffman.


Enrichment Workshop For American History High-School Teachers


Economic inequality, President Trump's Foreign Policy, Hollywood's political impact and the gender politics of the "MeToo" Moment: The Center's inaugural workshop for American History high-school teachers was a huge success (and a lot of fun!)

Please follow the link for more photos and information

"Drawing the Past to Write the Future": GB Tran visits TAU to talk about his 2011 Graphic Novel "Vietnamerica"
Marking the publication of Dr. Sonia Weiner's book "American Migrant Fictions: Space, Narrative, Identity"

Tel-Aviv University was proud to host the Vietnamese-American graphic artist and storyteller GB Tran as this year’s Yael Levin writer in residence. Tran is the author of the brilliantly drawn, innovatively composed and boundary-crossing graphic memoir, Vietnamerica (2011). The memoir follows the family’s turbulent journey through war-torn Vietnam to the US, as it explores the complex identity of a second generation migrant-refugee who connects worlds and cultures in the attempt to suture familial wounds.

Please follow this link to read more about GB's talk, see the photos and watch an exclusive interview with GB conducted by Dr. Sonia Weiner, a lecturer at the Department of English and American Studies at TAU.

A Tribute to Phillip Roth Conference

To mark the one year anniversary of the passing of the American novelist Philip Roth, the Center collaborated with the Cymbalista Jewish Heritage Center at Tel Aviv University to organize a day-long public conference. Bringing together scholars, students and the general public, it celebrated Roth’s contribution to American culture through a wide range of events. These included: a screening of a documentary film about Roth, academic panels in which senior literary scholars presented papers about his work, a staged reading of excerpts from Roth’s works by actor Dror Keren, and a personal testimony by Roth’s longtime friend, Prof. Bernard Avishai (Dartmouth College).

Please click on the image to see the Invitation and follow this link to find more information and images from the event.

Cause for Concern? New directions in Jewish American attitudes toward Israel: A special conference

In collaboration with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism at Tel Aviv University, the Center organized an event that explored the changing relations between American-Jews and Israel. This included: A presentation of the AJC’s annual survey regarding the attitudes of American Jews toward Israel, a panel of policymakers and academics who analyzed the survey’s results (this included the former Israeli Member of Knesset, Rahel Azaria, and Prof. Jonathan Karp of the State University of New York-Binghamton), a presentation of the Center’s Data Science Project, and a Q&A between Prof. Yossi Shain, The head of Tel Aviv University’s School of Government, and the Israeli Political Commentator Attila Somfalvi.

International Conference: Conceptualizing the Impacts of the U.S. Immigration Enforcement Regime on Children

Given the centrality of the immigration debate to contemporary American politics and society, we teamed up with Tel Aviv University’s Law School to try and gauge its impact on the American family. As part of the international conference "Globordered Intimacies" we co-hosted on the topic, the Center sponsored a lecture by Prof. Joanna Dreby (State University of New York-Albany) titled “Growing Up Too Fast: Daughters’ Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships under the Current Immigration Regime.” Dreby’s talk focused on the findings from her countless studies of Latin American immigrants to the U.S., and shed light on the personal impact on families and especially children that federal immigration policy in the United States has had in the past two decades.

Please follow this link to find more information about the lecture.

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