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January 7, 2021- ACIS Young Iran Forum Online Book Talk -1 with DPhil. Eric Lob, University of Florida on Construction Jihad.


October 25, 2020 - Iran Forum in Zoom upon the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the assassination Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. "What we can learn from the  coverage of Rabin's assassination in Egyptian and Iranian press." ACIS Director Liora Hendelman-Baavur interview with Molly Bernstein, TAU's PhD Candidate.


May 25, 2020 – Iran Forum in Zoom with Prof. Stephalenca Simalova, the director of the film and TV school in the Visual Arts Academy in Prague, Hasan Sarbakhshian a Photographer, Dr. Liora Hendelman-Baavur, the ACIS director, Dr. Miriam Nissimov, coordinator of the Program for the Study of Iranian Jews in Israel, Orit Carmeli, an expert on Iranian Jewish arts. On the upcoming project of trapped minority, the Jews of Iran exhibition.


May 10, 2020 – Iran Forum in Zoom with Sammy Eppel, political analyst, Journalist and member of Inter-American Press Association (SIP) on Chavez from Active Military to Militant Antisemite, The Iran Connection.


January 8, 2020 - Iran Forum research seminar with the ACIS interns, speaker Jacob Zuker on: Iran, Hizballah and South America.


September 18, 2019 - Iran Forum Seminar with Dr. Amin Tarzi, the Director of Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia on Iran's Involvement in the MENA Region.


March 21, 2018- Iran Forum hosted the German author and a political scientists Dr. Matthias Kuentzel, Germany on: "From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold".


March 7, 2018- Iran Forum hosted Ambassador Dennis Jett (Ret.), Ph.D, School of International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University on: "The Fight over the Iran Nuclear Deal-Implications for American Foreign Policy" 


December 13, 2017- Iran Forum hosted Dr. Walter Posch, from The National Defense Academy, Austria on "The Politics of the Iranian Security Apparatus".


May 9, 2017- Iran Forum hosted Dr. Raz Zimmt, a research fellow at the ACIS on: "Continuity or Change? The Presidential Election in Iran."


February 2, 2017 – Iran Forum held a special session hosting Mr. Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist, film maker and human rights activist on: "Iranian Politics and the New Trump Administration". Participants: Prof. David Menashri and Prof. Meir Litvak.


January 10, 2017 – Iran Forum hosted Iris Gilad, a PhD candidate at TAU on: "Silence Befits her: Genderial Protest in the Art of Shirin Neshat".


December 12, 2016 – Iran Forum hosted Dr. Doron Ytzchakov, a research fellow at the ACIS on: "Khomeini and Israel: Between the 1963 'Ashura Speech and the Islamic Revolution".


June 7, 2016 – Iran Forum hosted Dr. Liora Hendelman-Baavur on: " Small Newspapers, Big Revolution: the Women's Press in the Late Qajar Era."


May 30, 2016- Iran Forum hosted Prof. Meir Litvak on: "Iranian Politics Following the Elections: Have the Moderates Won?"


April 10, 2016- Iran Forum held a special session hosting Dr. Domenico Agostini from The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on: "Iranian Nationalism and Zoroastrian Identity in Late Sasanian and Early Islamic Iran."


April 5, 2016 – Iran Forum hosted Dr. Alisa Fainberg, a post-doctoral fellow at the ACIS, on: "A Green Bird over the Red Tulip: Comparing Iran and ISIS Propaganda."


December 10, 2015 – Iran Forum hosted Nimrod Zagagi, a PhD candidate at TAU on: "A City and a Frontier: Abadan 1910-1946."


May 26, 2015- Iran Forum hosted Ms. Rachel Kantz a PhD candidate at Tel Aviv University on "The Emergence of the Study of  Psychology Research in Iraq and Iran"


April 28, 2015- Iran Forum hosted Dr. Samuel Thrope from the National Library of Israel and Dr. Domenico Agostini from The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on: "New Perspectives on Zoroastrianism in Iran"


March 19, 2015- Iran Forum hosted Ms. Ester Shkalim, a PhD candidate at TAU on: "The Persian New-Year Holiday Nowruz as the Source of the Ruz-e bagh, Mimuna and Sahrane Jewish Holidays".


March 18, 2015 – Iran Forum held a session hosting Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, USA on: "How Iran Evades the Sanctions".


March 16, 2015 - Iran Forum held a session hosting Prof. Mansoor Moaddel from the Department of Sociology, University of Maryland on " Religious Nationalism, Islamic Fundamentalism, and Trend in Values  in the Middle East: Findings from Values  Survey".


January 4, 2015 – Iran Forum hosted Dr. Raz Zimmt, a research fellow at the ACIS on: "From the Atom to McDonalds: Politics and Society in Iran after the Nuclear Agreement."


December 25, 2014 - Iran Forum hosted Ms. Esther-Zionit- Goshen on her book: "Red Apple- the Escape from Iran"


December 9, 2014 – Iran Forum hosted Dr. Miriam Nissimov on: "Iran in Israeli Literature".


November 27, 2014- Iran Forum hosted Dr. Hilda Nasimi, Chair of the Department of History in Bar Ilan University on: "The Mashhadi Community in New York- Layers of Identity".


May 19, 2014- Iran Forum hosted Dr. Amin Tarzi, director of the Middle East Studies US Marine Corps University on: "The Internal Debate over Iran's Nuclear Policies".


March 18, 2014 - Iran Forum held a session with Dr. Brandon Friedman, a CIS research fellow, on "Mohammad Reza Shah and Pax Iranica: Between Strategy and Nationalism in the Persian Gulf, 1968 to 1971".


January 13, 2014 - Iran Forum held a session with Ms. Sivan Blaslav on the topic of "Masculinity, Westernization and Hegemony in Iran Early Twentieth Century".


January 5, 2014 - Iran Forum hosted Dr. Miriam Nissimov on the topic: "Jewish-Iraniana or Iranian-Jews? The Jews of Iran in the Pahlavi Era"


December 26, 2013 - Iran Forum hosted Dr. D. Gershon Lewental from Oklahoma University on: "The Iran-Iraq War of Words: Memory and Religious History".


November 18, 2013- Iran Forum hosted Dr. Irene Schneider from Georg-August-Universitat in Gottingen on: "Voices of Female Jurists in Iran".


October 9, 2013 - Iran Forum hosted Dr. Matthias Kuentzel on the topic: ""Moderate" Holocaust Denial in Iran?"


June 2, 2013 - Iran Forum hosted Dr. Doron Itzchakov on the topic: Iran-Israel Relations 1948-1967 - The Iranian Perspective".


April 10, 2013 - Iran Forum hosted Dr. Tamar Eilam Gindin on the topic: "Worthless Asmodeus: Iranian Influences on Hebrew & on Judaism".


March 6, 2013 - Iran Forum hosted a session with Dr. Rami Regavim, ACIS research fellow, on the topic of "Iran's Upium Trade: a New Perspective on the Economic History of Iran".


January 23, 2013 - Iran Forum hosted a session with Dr. Raz Zimmt, ACIS research fellow, on "Iran & Nasserism: a threat or an opportunity?".


December 12, 2012 - Iran Forum hosted a special event upon the publication of Forough Farrokhzad's poetry collection "Another Birth" in Hebrew, trans. by Sivan Balslev.


November 11, 2012 - Iran Forum hosted Dr. Peter Jones from King's Collage, the University of Ottawa, on the topic: "Iran and the Arab Spring: A Net Loser?".


November 7, 2012 - Iran Forum hosted guest lecturer Prof. Bernard Hourcade, Senior Research Fellow Emeritus, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, on the topic: "Social Change and Politics in Greater Tehran".



May 6, 2012: Iran Forum hosted Dr. Amin Tarzi, Director, Middle East Studies, Marine Corps University, USA on: "Peering into Post-Ahmadinejad Iran".



March 18, 2012: Iran Forum hosted Dr. Assaf Moghadam, Senior Lecturer, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya and a Senior Researcher, IDC's International Institute for Counterterrorism on: "The Iran-Al Quaeda- Israel Triangle".


February 2, 2012: Iran Forum hosted Prof. Shahram Chubin from the School of International Studies in Geneva and the Geneva Center for Security Policy on: "Why Iran Negotiates the Way it Does?"


January 11, 2012: Iran Forum hosted Prof. Fariborz Mokhtari, Professor of Political Science, National Defense University, Washington DC on: "All Humans are Part of One Being. The Iranian Schindler and his Homeland".


June 15, 2011, Iran Forum hosted  Marina Nemat, author of "Prisoner of Teheran: A Memoir", 2007 and "After Teheran. A Life Reclaimed", 2010.


June 1, 2011, Iran Forum hosted Dr. Elisheva Machlis, a post Doctoral fellow of the CIS on: "Ali Shari'ati and the Notion of Tawhid: Re-exploring the Question of God's Unity"


May 22, 2011, Iran Forum hosted Prof. Rasool Nafisi, a professor of sociology, Strayer University on: "The Cleric's State Perception of the Arab Spring".


December 29, 2010: Iran Forum hosted Dr. Hongda Fan, a visiting professor of the CIS (2011) from the Department of Political Science, School of Public Affairs, Xiamen University, China on "China's Policy Option toward Iran"


November 25, 2010: Iran Forum hosted Prof. Robert Gleave, professor of Arabic Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter on "The Recent Legal Debates in the Shi'ite Seminaries of Iran and Iraq".


October 29, 2009: Iran Forum hosted Dr. Mehrdad Khonsari, former Iranian diplomat and London based Analyst on Iranian Affairs on the topic of  "The Evolving Situation in Iran".


June 8, 2010- Within the framework of the Iranian Film Forum held this year: "Other Sides of the Camera: Filmmakers and Audiences"


May 4, 2010- Within the framework of the Iranian Film Forum held this year: "The Blackboard" (1999) Samirah Makhmalbaf


April 4, 2010- Within the framework of the Iranian Film Forum held this year: "The Girl in the Sneakers" (1999), Rasul Sadrameli


March 16, 2010- Within the framework of the Iranian Film Forum held this year: "The Day I Became a Woman (2000)" Marzieh Meshkini


February 23, 2010- Within the framework of the Iranian Film Forum held this year:"Dream Interrupted (2004)"- Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, a documentary film based on Exiled to Freedom: A Memoir of Censorship


May 4, 2009: Iran Forum hosted Vanna Vannuccini, reporter of La Repubblica and author of "Rosa è il colore della Persia: Il sogno perduto di una democrazia islamica", on the topic "Iran is Not Black & White".


April 23, 2009: Iran Forum hosted Geneive Abdo, Author of the book: "Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America after 9/11" and a fellow at The Century Foundation, in a special session on "The U.S., Iran and the Challenge of Political Islam".


March 15, 2009: Iran Forum discussed Religion as Participation - Shi'i Theology as Revolutionary Experience.  Guest lecturer Ori Goldberg, TAU PhD Candidate & former Fox International Fellow at Yale University.


February 1, 2009: Iran Forum hosted Dr. Charles Asher Small, Director of The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism,  Yale University on the topic of The Social Construction of the Other - The Iranian Regime and the Possibility of Negotiations.


July 7, 2008- Iran Forum- A special session on "Iran and the Persian Gulf- the Security Dilemma". Guest lecture: Prof. Anthony Cordesman


July 7, 2008- Iran Forum- A special session on "Iran at the Crossroad: The Dilemma of an Educated and Ironic Society". Guest lecture: Dr. Farian Sabahi


March 27, 2008: Iran Forum-" Israel and the Fall of the Iran Monarchy". Guest speaker: General (res.) Itzik Segev.


January 24, 2008: Iran Forum-" Political Development in Iran and their implication". Guest speaker: Mr. Menashe Amir, the editor of the Persian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


January 8, 2008: Iran Forum- Special session on: "Historicizing Muslim Exceptionalism Islamic Modernism versus Fundamentalism". Guest speaker: Prof. Mansoor Moaddel.


December 31, 2007- Iran Forum- "State & Society in Iran- A View from the Streets of Iran with Yasmin Vossughian". Guest speaker: Yasmin Vossughian


June 17, 2007- Iran Forum- "The Evolving Situatuion in Iran". Guest speaker: Dr. Mehrdad Khunsari, London.


June 7, 2007- Iran Forum- "The Collapse of the Iranian Army in 1979". Guest speaker: General (res.) Itzik Segev, the last Israeli military attaché in Iran


June 6, 2007-Iran Forum- "Iran & the Hizballah: a Patron-Client Relationship", Guest speaker: Prof. Richard Norton, Professor of International Relations and Anthropology, Boston University


December 17, 2007- Iran Forum: "The History of Shirazi Jews-New Approaches for research". Guest speaker: Ms. Farideh Goldin


April 12, 2007- Iran Forum on: "In those Days , In this Day" Guest lecturer : Menachem Merhavi, TAU PhD Candidate


March 13, 2007-  Iran Forum- Special Session on "An Effective American Response to the Iranian Nuclear Program." Professor Kori Schake - a Bradley Professor of International Studies at the Military Academy of West Point, a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and former White

House adviser  was able to provide an insider's perspective on the status of the American intelligence apparatus and its implication for American foreign policy vis-à-vis Iran.


January 26, 2007-  The Iran Forum Hosting Hossein Derakhsan. An Iranian–born freelance journalist and blogger currently residing in Canada, Derakhshan lectured to students and staff members of the Center on “Reform, Youth and Technology in Iran.”  The lecture was followed by lively discussions and

informal encounters with the guest. 


January 10, 2007-  Iran Forum- "Iran: Alone and Surrounded." Lecture delivered by Professor Fred Mokhtari from the Near East/South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington D.C.. 


December 27, 2006- Iran Forum. In a session chaired by Doctor Raquel Shaul of the Department of East Asian Studies of TAU, Professor Kojiro Machida delivered a talk on "In Search for a New Paradigm of Civilization" followed by a lecture on "Reza Shah's Reign and Foreign Relations" from his colleague

Professor Shintaro Yoshimura. Both lecturers are professors at Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University Japan.


December 7, 2006-  Iran Forum- "Living the Absolute: Metaphor, Community, and Faith in the Stories of Mortaza Motahhari". This talk, which was attended by students and faculty, was delivered by doctoral candidate Ori Goldberg


November 6, 2006- Iran Forum- Special session on "Japan, Iran and the Nuclearization of the Persian Gulf". The session featured guest lecturer Professor Sadashi Fukuda, director-general of the Institute of Developing Economies and professor at Waseda University in Tokyo.


May 15, 2006- Iran Forum Hosts a Presentation by Dr. Camron M. Amin, entitled “Rethinking the Way We Teach the Modern Middle East.” Following his lecture on the press and the media under Reza Shah (see above), Dr. Amin appeared before graduate and undergraduate students and gave a presentation,

followed by questions and answers, as well as thoughts and new perspectives called for in the teaching of the history and society of the modern Middle East.


May 10, 2006-  The Iran Forum Held a Session on “The Press and the Media Under Reza Shah,” by Dr. Camron M. Amin. Dr. Amin, an American scholar of Iranian press and politics from the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Michigan at Dearborn, delivered a lecture to graduate students and

researchers on the role and evolution of the Iranian press under the reign of Reza Shah (1925-1941).


January 26, 2006- The Iran Forum Hosting Hossein Derakhsan. An Iranian–born freelance journalist and blogger currently residing in Canada, Derakhshan lectured to students and staff members of the Center on “Reform, Youth and Technology in Iran.” 


January 12, 2006- Iran Forum’s Discussions by Guest Lecturers, on “Reform Fragments: Women and Students in Iran.” The presentations and discussions were conducted by Prof. Nayereh Tohidi, California State University, Northridge and U.C.L.A. and by Pro. Ali Akbar Mahdi, Department of Sociology and

Anthropology, Wesleyan University, Ohio.


December 12, 2005:  The Iran Forum Holds a Day of Lectures Designated “Iran Today: Between East and West.”


December 8, 2005: Inauguration of “Iran Forum” at TAU (coordinated by Liora Hendelman-Baavur, PhD candidate). As a research and discussion venue designed to promote academic and research interest in Iran, the “Iran Forum”, established by the Center, convened its first official meeting.








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