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2018/19 Center for Israel Studies

• 70 years of Israeli statehood
• 20 years of CIS 

In 1998, Shimon Peres inaugurated the first center for Israel Studies in the country at American University.


The Day After the Israeli Elections: What's Next? (For Students Only)

Wednesday, April 10, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Battelle-Tompkins Building, Battelle Atrium
RSVP to the Discussion

"Israel News and Views" Students-Only Falafel Lunch Discussion

Tuesday, April 23, 12:45 - 2:00 PM
AU Humanities Lounge (Battelle 228)
RSVP to the Falafel Lunch

Golda Meir: A Life in Politics – Francine Klagsbrun


Francine Klagsbrun joins the Center for Israel Studies for the annual Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture to discuss the life of Golda Meir, Israel's fourth prime minister.

About the Center for Israel Studies (CIS)

Students in Israel

AU's Center for Israel Studies (CIS) is a nationally known pioneer and leader in the growing academic field of Israel Studies. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, going beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel's history, vibrant society, culture, multiethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical challenges. The center sponsors frequent public programs, including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits, in addition to the Minor in Israel Studies.

We invite you 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.

Dedication from Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres at AU Commencement

"Let me congratulate American University on your creation of a Center for Israel Studies. It is a timely and imaginative initiative in exploring Israel's many contributions to human dignity and progress in our country's 50 years of existence. You will help to bring together Israeli and American scholars, writers, artists, and scientists to share their knowledge and face the challenges of the new global era. This is a commendable idea and worthy of the widest support."

—Shimon Peres, former prime minister and president of Israel, giving a speech at AU's commencement after receiving an honorary doctorate.

Meir Shalev: Between Antiquity and Modernity


Celebrated Israeli novelist Meir Shalev spoke about the sustainability of the revival of the Hebrew language.  

Michael Brenner and Lillian Klein Abensohn

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Lillian Abensohn: Driving Force Behind AU Center for Israel Studies

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Dignitaries Honor Shimon Peres

In Remembrance ·

Dignitaries Discuss Legacy of Shimon Peres

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