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CIS Lectures and Workshops

The CIS facilitates research by undergraduate and graduate students and by diverse faculty in the various fields of Israel Studies, and collaborates with other Binghamton programs and centers, as well as with the Transdisciplinary Areas of Expertise.

Spring 2018

"Orientalism and the Jewish Question: A Conversation with Gregory Starrett and Joyce Dalsheim"

Thursday, 15 March, 3 pm - 5 pm
LT 2200 Harpur College Dean's Conference Room

The historical Jewish Question was formative in contemporary social theory about belonging, difference and othering. Much of that theory has become so taken for granted that we might have forgotten how we got here and risk losing the critical tools for analyzing the problems that face us today. Is the Jewish Question now the Muslim Question? What are we to make of current problems of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere arriving on the shores of Europe? How can re-thinking the roots of social theory by revisiting the Jewish Question help us place this moment is a broader historical context?

Joyce Dalsheim is a cultural anthropologist in the Department of Global Studies at UNC Charlotte. Her work deals with issues of nationalism, religion and the secular, and conflict, primarily in Israel/Palestine. She is the author of Unsettling Gaza: Secular Liberalism, Radical Religion and the Israeli Settler Project, and Producing Spoilers: Peacemaking and the Production of Enmity in a Secular Age.

Gregory Starrett is Professor of Anthropology at UNC Charlotte. His research has concerned Islamic education in Egypt and among African-American Muslims in the U.S.; theories of secularism and public culture; and cultural perceptions of threat and difference. He is author of Putting Islam to Work: Education, Politics, and Religious Transformation in Egypt, and co-editor of Teaching Islam: Religion and Textbooks in the Middle East.



Wednesday, 21 February 2018, Noon - 1pm
Judaic Studies Conference Room, Library Tower 13th Floor

You are invited to have lunch and to Skype with Dr. Michael Koplow, Policy Director of the Israel Policy Forum.

Dr. Koplow will brief us on the current political scene in Israel and the PA, as well as the current status of Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Dr. Michael Koplow is the Policy Director of the Israel Policy Forum. Before coming to IPF, he was the founding Program Director of the Israel Institute from 2012 to 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, where he specialized in political development and ideology, and the politics of Middle Eastern states. In 2012-13 he served as a Young Turkey Young America fellow through the Atlantic Council's Young Atlanticist program. He writes IPF's weekly Koplow Column and edits IPF's Matzav blog, which is a leading source for commentary and analysis on Israel and American Jewry. He is also the author of the Ottomans and Zionists blog and his work has appeared in Security Studies, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, and The Atlantic, among other publications. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a J.D. from New York University, and an A.M. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.


The Center for Israel Studies welcomes​ ​Eyal Sagui Bizawe, Director of "Arab Movie"

Film Screening with the Director 
Discussion will follow movie
Wednesday, 14 February, 3 pm - 5 pm

It was a tradition of 1970s Friday afternoons in Israel: tuning in to the only television channel and watching the Arab movie of the week. It was a national pastime, and a strange one at that: how did Israel's official TV station obtain these films? Why did it insist on regularly showing films made by "the enemy"? And why were Israelis so interested in Arabic cinema? This documentary looks into one of the most unlikely moments in Israel's history, and examines not just how but why the country shared cultural heroes with those they were often at war with. A nostalgic examination of a time gone by, and one that raises some challenging questions.

Eyal Sagui Bizawi is a researcher of Egyptian Cinema and Popular Culture, and holds a BA in Arabic Literature and Middle Eastern Studies from the Tel Aviv University and an MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Cosponsored by Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA) and the Cinema Department​.


Fall 2017

"Through English, Densely: Comparative Partitions, World Literature, and Critical Pedagogy in Israel/Palestine"yishai

Tuesday, November 14, 4.00pm 
IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)
Please join us for a talk by Dr. Ayelet Ben-Yishai of the University of Haifa. Dr. Ben-Yishai will discuss her recent experience teaching a seminar on the Anglophone literature of the 1947 South Asian Partition to Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli students in the English Department at Haifa, focusing on the ways in which students read the South Asian partitions through their own historical and political context. She will describe a pedagogical practice that reinvests the Anglophone texts with their historical, political and formal density while raising important questions about comparative methodologies.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please contact Prof. Lior Libman ( for questions.


Professor Kent Schull discusses his service learning course and "The Refugee Crisis in the Middle East"

Tuesday 24 October at Noon
Harpur Edge Conference Room
Please RSVP below by Monday 16 October

This summer Professor Kent Schull led a group of Binghamton University students on a service learning course to Greece. This course investigated issues of human rights, international law, humanitarian aid, immigration, what it means to be a refugee, public health and security concerns, and efforts facilitating and hindering aid. Not only did students learn about these various issues in depth, but they also experienced first-hand the challenges and issues related to the crisis through a two week excursion to Greece where they worked with a local solidarity network, NGOs, the local Greek Community and state on the Greek Island of Leros in the Aegean Sea.

Come hear Professor Schull and one of the student participants speak about their experiences helping refugees this summer.
Kent F. Schull
Associate Professor
Ph.D., UCLA, 2007
Ottoman & Modern Middle East History

This Israel Studies Roundtable event is funded by the Center for Israel Studies.






Dr. Fish
Question and Answer Session

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Dr. Rachel Fish, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University


"Israel and Turkey"
Question and Answer Session

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Dr. Michael Koplow, Policy Director, Israel Policy Forum



Dina Danon
"Sephardi Engagements with Zionism"
Question and Answer Session

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Professor Dina Danon, Department of Judaic Studies, Binghamton University



Maoz Rosenthal
"Descriptive Representation and Decreased Inequality: Israeli Arabs in Mixed Cities"

Assistant Professor Maoz Rosenthal

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel


“Bordering on Insanity”
Question and Answer Session

Associate Professor Kent Schull
Department of History Binghamton University

For more information, please contact Professor Friedman.

Funded in part through a generous grant from the Israel Institute.


Last Updated: 3/13/18