ACIS Past Events


July 19, 2021Hiwar - KAS-MDC Forum for Intra-Regional Dialogue on: Israel and Iran – New Governments, New Realities?

July 7, 2021 - A joint webinar on: China and the Gulf, in partnership with the Department of Middle East Studies and the Moshe Dayan center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. 

June 2, 2021 - A lecture on: Iran's Presidential Elections of 2021: Is Reform in the Islamic Republic possible? - in zoom

In collaboration with The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies

March 3, 2021 - ACIS marking Women's history month- in colaboration with Hadassah - Brandeis Institute on Jacqueline saper's book: From  Hijab to Miniskirt: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran.

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

A series of 8 online panels September-December 2020:

40 Years to the outbreak of The Iran-Iraq war 1980-2020

Creators & moderators of the series: Dr. Liora Hendelman-Baavur, ACIS Director and Dr. Ronen Zeidel MDC.

September 24, 2020 - The opening session.  Guests: Prof. (Emeritus) David Menashri, ACIS and Prof. (Emeritus) Amatzia Baram, Haifa University.

October 8, 2020 - The second session: Power Balance & Military Strategies. Guest Speakers: Colonel (Ret. IDF) Pesach Malovany, Independent Researcher Brigadier General (Ret.) Waleed al-Rawi, Union of Arab Historians. Held in English.

October 22, 2020 - The third session: Between the local and the Global, The regional and International Arena, Guests: Prof. Efraim Karsh, the director of The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Prof. Igal Sheffi, TAU and Telhai College.

November 5, 2020 - The forth session:  Between the Hammer and Anvil: Ethnics and Religios Tensions.  Guests: Prof Meir Litvak, TAU, Prof. (Emerita) Ofra Bangio, TAU.

November 19, 2020 - The fifth session: War in the light of Literature and Cinema, speakers: Dr. Liora Hendelman-Baavur, ACIS Director Dr. Ronen Zeidel MDC, Dr. Miriam Nissimov, TAU.Guest moderator: Dr. Mira Tzuref, TAU.

December 3, 2020 - The sixth session: Staging the War: Memory and Cultural History, Guests: Achim Rohde, Academy in Exile Freie Universitat Berlin, Shaherzad Hahmadi, university of St. Thomas, D Gershon Lewental, Shalem College Jerusalem. Held in English

December 17, 2020 - The seventh session: the long-term implications of the war. Guest speaker Dr. Efraim Kam of the INSS.

November 23, 2020 – co-organizig a roundtable session on Iran: New Clear Issues, Proxy Terrorism, Internal Politics, hosted by the Marine Corps War College (MCU), Virginia USA

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.

August 2020 – a special symposium on the current situation in Iran with representatives of office of the Prime minister.

June 1, 2020 – Special online panel: After the First Wave: Iran in days of Corona with Liora Hendelman - Baavur, Miriam Nissimov and Raz Zimmt. watch here>

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 24, 2020 -  a joint international webinar with the consulate General of Israel. Professor David Menashri spoke on: Iran's regional ambitions: Implications for Israel and the USA.

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.

February 10, 2020 - a meeting with members of the Association for Preservation of the legacy of Shiraz Jews on the publication of the book on the life of Shiraz Jews in Iran.

January 23, 2020 – a book launch event for Professor David Yeroushalmi's book: The Jews of Iran: Chapters in Their History and Cultural Heritage under the auspices of Dr. Habib Levy Program in Iranian Jewish History.

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

January 7, 2020 - a joint symposium with TAU's Minerva Humanities Center and the Ezri Center of the University of Haifa on Intoxication and Da'at-Olam, the launching of the Hebrew translation of the Diwan by the Persian poet Hafez.

November 8, 2019 - an International Conference on Israel and Iran after a Summer of Regional Escalation: Israeli Perspectives.

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.

June 2019- An international conference in collaboration with The Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, The Parviz and Pouran Nazarian Chair for Modern Iranian Studies, The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies on: " The Iranian Revolution at 40:

A Reappraisal". The conference assessed discussed and debated patterns of continuity and dynamics of changes in Iran.                                                                 

March 2019 – An international round table discussion on: "The Powers and the Current Middle East Turmoil"

March 2019- Inaguration of the book: "From the Fruit of the Bustan" From the Stories of those born in Iran, connected to the Land of Israel. by Ben-Hur Ezri.

February 2019- A conference in collaboration with the Dr. Habib Levy Program for Iranian Jews History on "40 Years After: The Iranian Revolution in the Test of Time".

June 2018- An International Workshop on "The Jews of Iran: Society, Culture and Politics through the Ages"- in collaboration with:  Research Workshop of the Israeli Science Foundation,  The Zvi Yavetz School of historical studies, Tel Aviv University, The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional studies, The Iranian-American jewish Ferderation in New York, The Parviz and Pouran Nazarian Chair for Modern Iranian Studies.

June, 2018- Remembering Iran - Moshe Menashof on Jalaluddin Rumi's poets and Rafi Pundak on Sufi dance

May, 2018- Remembering Iran- The Persian singer, Hanna Jahan faruz on Iranian music and the filmmaker Ephy Bannay on his film "Longing".

April, 2018- A conference in collaboration with the Jack And Alice Ormut chair in Arabic Studies, Hebrew University on: "The Legacy of the Past -  Examplary Model and Burden: Fundamentalism and Historical Memory in Islamic Societies".

April, 2018- Remembering Iran -The artist Elham Rokni presented her work on memories and immigration from Iran.

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" 

March, 2018: Remembering Iran- The musician Eitan Rephua on persian classic music.

January, 2018 - Remembering Iran -"What should a Woman Know?"  Esther Shkalim on her new book.

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

December 2017- Remembering Iran- "Teheran Inside, Israel Outside"- The photographer Itai Davidian presented his photos on his the Persian community in Israel.

The Center organized during the 2017-18 academic year a monthly meeting series with Iranian-born Israeli artists. The meeting hosted artists from a variety of fields who presented their view of Iran through their art. The meetings were followed by a Q&A discussion. The series provided students with the opportunity to get acquainted with different aspects of the Iranian experience:

November 2017- "The Iranian Challenge in Multiple Arenas", Keynote   speaker: Lord David Owen former British foreign secretary. 

November, 2017: Remembering Iran -The author and former ambassador, Yossi Avni-Levi on his novel: "The Peddlers of Love"

June 22, 2017 – Iran Forum hosted Dr. Elisheva Machlis, a research fellow at the center on: "The Mystical Alternative as a Bridge between Sunni and Shii Islam".

May 16, 2017- A special event for the launching of the book: "Martyrdom and Sacrifice in Islam: Theological, Political and Social Contexts", Edited by: Meir Hatina and Meir Litvak. Guest lecturers: Prof. Aviad Kleinberg, TAU, Dr. Mira Tsorref, TAU and Dr. Meir Hatina, HUJI.

May 17, 2017: Iran- A Story of Success. The Movie: Kick in Iran (Fatima Abdollahyan, 2010)

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

March 27, 2017- A special event in collaboration with Merage Foundations Israel, for the launching of the book: "Iran Then and Now: Society, Religion and Politics" in honor of Prof. David Menashri, edited by Dr. Liora Hendelman-Baavur. Guest Lecture: Mr. Efraim Halevi, former director of the Mossad.

March 30, 2017: Iranian Film Series: Looking Closer at Iranian Cinema-Literature in Iranian Cinema-The Movie:  It's Winter زمستان است (Rafi Pitts, Iran 2006)

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".

January 3, 2017: Iranian Film Series: Looking Closer at Iranian Cinema-Women Solo Singers- The Movie: No Land's Song -  آواز بی سرزمین  (Ayat Najafi, 2014)

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".

December 6, 2016: Iranian Film Series: Looking Closer at Iranian Cinema- Iran- Memory and Reflection- The Movie: All Three of Us (Kheiron, France 2015)

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?"

May 8-9, 2016- An international conference in collaboration with the Africa Center at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University and The Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy on: "Islam in Africa: Continuities, Challenges and Changes." 

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."

November 12, 2015- A special event marking the retirement of  Professor David Yeroushalmi. Speakers: Dr. Miriam Nissimov on: "The Jewish Community in Kashan as viewed by Jewish Newspapers in Iran", Prof. Meir Litvak on: "Anti- Semitism in Iran- Continuity and Change."

June 21, 2015 –A special session on "Iran and the Jews" in honor of issuance of the stamp "Cyrus Declaration", hosting  Prof. David Yeroushalmi, Prof. Meir Litvak and Dr. Menachem Merhavi.

June 9, 2015- A special session of the annual workshop on "Sufism in the Modern Era" hosting Dr. Michael Barak from TAU and IDC Herzliya on: "Shaykh Habib `Ali al-Jafri: A Global Sufi Discourse".

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 13, 2015 - A special event for the launching of the book: "Shi'i Sectarianism in the Middle East: Modernisation and the Quest for Islamic Universalism" by Dr. Elisheva Machlis.

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 16, 2014 – A special event on: "Iran in a Changing Geo-Strategic environment". Speakers: Prof. David Menashri, Prof. Meir Litvak, Prof. Emily Landau, Dr. Brandon Friedman, Dr. Raz Zimmt and Dr. Elisheva Machlis

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".

June 9, 2014 – A special meeting within the workshop on the "Sufism in the Modern Era" hosting Prof. Itzhak Weisman from Haifa University on: "Post-Sufi organizations".

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".

May 18, 2014 – The annual John Gandel Forum of the Board of Governors in collaboration with the Center hosted Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Chief of Staff, Israel Defense Forces and former Defense Minister MK Shaul Mofaz who spoke both on the Iranian Challenge to Israel. Liora Hendelman- Baavur spoke on the changing Iranian society and Meir Litvak on political developments in Iran.

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 6, 2014- A workshop in collaboration with The Nehemia Levtzion Center for Islamic Studies  on: "Sufism in the Modern Era: Islamic Universalism vs. the Salafi Challenge".

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 19, 2013 – A special evening on: "A Journey to Iran in the trails of Literature: from Folk Tales to Modern Nobles"

December 2, 2013 – A special event on: "Iran towards a new Era in the International Arena". Guest speakers: Prof. David Menashri, Prof. Meir Litvak and Mr. Jonathan Paris of the Atlantic Council.

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?"

August 6, 2013 – A special meeting with Tabby Davoodi, executive director in 30 Years After, America's leading Iranian-American Jewish civic action organization on: "Experiencing Iran Today".

June 10-12, 2013 - International Workshop: Constructing Nationalism in Iran from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic.

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

May 27, 2013 An evening of poetry dedicated to "Political and Social Poetry in Iran".

May 19, 2013 - Book launch event "Behind the Silk Curtain - Nations and Jewish Communities in Central Asia: Iran, Afghanistan, Bukhara", by Benzion David Yehoshua-Raz.

April 24, 2013 - Book launch event "The Persian Cossack Brigade, 1879-1921" by Dr. Nugzar Ter-Oganov.

April 17, 2013 - The ACIS unveiling ceremony of the honarary placard for the Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF).

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

April 9, 2013- a screening of the BBC mini-series:"Iran & the West".

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".

June 11, 2012: A conference on: "The Jews of Iran and Israel".

June 11-13, 2012: A joint Research Conference of the institute for Advanced Studies and the Israel Science Foundation co-sponsored by the ACIS and the Nehemia Levzion on: "Sacrifice and Death in Modern Islam, History, Ethos and Politics".

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

April 17, 2012: A dedication ceremony in honor of Lord David Alliance. Among the speakers: Lord David Owen, Lord Peter Mandelson and Lt. Gen. (Res.) MK Shaul Mofaz.

March 27, 2012: A Book presentation: "Shi'I Theology in Iran: The Challenge of Religious Experience", by Dr. Ori Goldberg.

March 20, 2012:  A Special Session on Iran in honor of Prof. Menashri's retirement.

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".

January 8, 2012: A roundtable discussion in collaboration with Pugwash on:"Iran, Nuclear Proliferation and the Stability of the Middle East".

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".

January 3-4, 2011:  A two days international conference in collaboration with Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People on: "The Heritage of the Past and the Challenges of the Future", in conjunction with the exhibition "Light and Shadows: The Story of Iran and the Jews".

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".

October 3, 2010: The Habib Levi Program for Iranian-Jewish History in collaboration with the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, University of California, Irvine held an International conference on: "Jewish Iranian Legacy: Life, Politics and Culture"

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

June 6, 2010- An evening for the publication of the "Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World"

June 2-3, 2010- An international conference: "The Shi'a: Theology, Law and Culture"

May 30, 2010- A lecture held by: Dr. Rami Regavim, University of Pensilvenia on: "Opium and the Economic History of Iran 1850-1955".

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 23, 2010- In celebration of the Persian New year: A reading from "Shakespeare in Tehran" An Upcoming Memoir by: Dr. Mahmood Karimi-Hakak.

March 21, 2010- A lecture: "Islamic Reformation: The Evolution &Future of Islam". Guest speaker: Reza Aslan, University of California, Riverside.

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

January 14, 2010- A Virtual Tour in Iran," Behind the Veil",  Guest Speaker: Mr. David Nissan, an Iranian-born senior researcher in a company for the analysis of security and political information

January 12, 2010- An informal meeting with Prof.  Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak and the PhD students.

January 12, 2010- Prof. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, a Professor of Persian Language, Literature, and Culture, Director, Roshan Center for Persian Studies University of Maryland on the subject: "Authors and Authorities: Culture, Censorship and Ideology in the Islamic Republic of Iran"

December 20, 2009: An informal meeting with Dr. Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, a Fulbright  scholar  and a visiting Professor at the Center this year. 

December 14, 2009: An international conference: "Rewriting Histories in Modern Iran". Among the guest speakers at the conference were: Matthias Kuntzel from Germany, Charles A. Small from Yale University, Prof. Nasrin Rahimieh from University of California and Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, a CIS Fulbright scholar of Siena College.

December 3, 2009: Screening the Persian speaking film: "Teheran Has no More Pomegranates"- a documentary film which presents the history of Tehran since being a small rural village to one of the biggest cities in the world.

June 25, 2009: "The Struggle for the Islamic Republic: A Flash in the Pan or Real Change?" A follow-up conference was held immediately after the presidential elections in Iran, where ten foreign experts joined Israeli scholars to assessed the new political situation in Iran following the presidential elections and their implications for the region and the world. The 1st panel: Whither Iranian Politics? Calibrating Civil Unrest, chaired by Dr. Liora Hendelman-Baavur. Speakers: Prof. Rasool Nafisi, Strayer University; Mr. Raz Zimmt, Tel Aviv University; Prof. Bernard Hourcade, Centre National de la RechercheScientifique, Paris; Prof. Stephen Kinzer, Northwestern University, Chicago Dr. Mehrdad Khonsari, Centre for Arab and Iranian Studies, London.  The 2nd panel: Prospects for Change in Iran's International Posture, chaired by Prof. David Menashri, Tel Aviv University. Speakers: Prof. Shahram Chubin, Geneva Centre for Public Security; Mr. Steven Simon, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC; Dr. Toby Dodge, Queen Mary University, London; Prof. Steven Miller, Harvard University; Dr. Dana Allin, International Institute for Security Studies, London

May 24-25, 2009: International convention: "The Iranian Revolution: Thirty Years After". The conference was hosted by the Center for Iranian Studies co- sponsored by "30 Years After", a new organization of Iranian-American Jewish young professionals and supported by the American-Iranian Jewish Federation of New York, included forty prominent scholars from countries around the world:  Israel, the United States, Italy, France, China, England, Turkey, Russia, Japan, Switzerland, and South Korea. Co- sponsored by "30 Years After", a new organization of Iranian-American Jewish young professionals and supported by the American-Iranian Jewish Federation of New York. The conference was held in honor of Lord David Alliance upon his receipt of an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University.

May 17-18, 2009: Israel & the Middle East - A Two Day Conference, Co-sponsored by The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies; The Center for Iranian Studies; The University Institute for Diplomacy and Regional Cooperation; The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies; Louise and Dr. Nachum Barag Lectures on French Culture; Les Amis Français de l'Universite de Tel Aviv; CERI Sciences-Po – Middle East- Mediterranean Chair; With the support of the French Embassy in Israel.

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".

May 3, 2009: Book presentation: "The Secret War" with Iran by Dr. Ronen Bergman, senior security and intelligence correspondent and analyst for Israel's daily Yedioth Ahronoth. The panel, chaired by journalist Tali Lipkin-Shahak, included Prof. David Menashri, Director of the Center for Iranian Studies; Dr. Uzi Rabi, head of the TAU Department of Middle Eastern and African history and Senior Research Associate at the Center; General (res.) Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, former head of Military Intelligence in Israel; and, General (res.) Ethan Ben Eliyahu, former Commander of the Israeli Air Force. 

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 26, 2009: An international conference held in Berlin, Germany:"Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah:  Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial". Co-sponsored with The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism.

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.

January 15, 2009: A conference: From the East and From the West: Jews Community in North Africa and in Iran. Co-sponsored with the Goldstein-Goren Center for Jewish Diaspora Research, the unit for research of Jews in Islam Countries.

January 4, 2009: Book presentation: A conference on "One History, Two Families: The History of the Yecutiely Family" by Samuel Yecutieli Bicaco and Raquel Bicaco and Raquel Markus de Finckler. Speakers in the event: Prof. David Menashri, Prof. David Yeroushalmi, Prof. Leo Corry & Mr. Samy Yecutieli. 

Co-sponsored by The Center for Iranian Studies, The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies & The Israeli Genealogical Society.

December 12, 2008: A conference on "The heritage of the Jews of Buchara" Co-sponsored with Ben-Zvi Institute and the World Congress of Buchara Jews.

December 4, 2008- A conference on The heritage of the Jews of Buchara. Co-sponsored with Ben-Zvi Institute and the World Congress of Buchara Jews.

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

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

June 15, 2008: Evening of lectures on: "Women create Iran in Israel". Lectures were delivered by women from Israel and abroad.

June 4, 2008: Conference in memory of Prof. Netzer on: "The Jews of Iran: Aspects of History, Community and Culture".

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

February 3, 2008: International Colloquium on: "In The Aftermath of the Nie Report: Iran's Domestic Challenges & Regional Prospects".

February 1-2, 2008: Two days international workshop, not intended for general public, co-sponsored with Pugwash on: "The Nuclear Question, Political Development and Regional Security in the Middle East". The participants were 40 experts and top officials from Israel and abroad.

January 24, 2008: Iran Forum-" Political Development in Iran and their implication". Guest speaker: Mr. Menashe Amir, the editor of  אתר משרד החוץ בפרסית 

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

January 7, 2008:  Annual lecture on: "Prospect for Liberal Democracy among Iranians: Findings from Values Surveys". Guest speaker: Prof. Mansoor Moaddel, Prof. of Sociology Eastern Michigan University.

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

November 15, 2007- A conference in collaboration the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism on:  "The Place of the Iranian Jewish Community in the Contemporary Islamic World"

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

June 14-15, 2007- International Workshop, not intended for general public on: "Nuclear issues and the risk of conflicts in the Middle East"

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 25, 2007- A conference "Iran and the Internet". The conference was held in collaboration with The Netvision Institute for Internet Research and The Daniel Abraham's Institute for International and Regional Research.

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

June 15-16, 2007- International Workshop, not intended for general public on: "Nuclear issues and the risk of conflicts in the Middle East"

June 4-5, 2007- International Workshop on “The Sunni-Shia Divide in History”, Co- sponsored with the Moshe Dayan Center.

May 31, 2007- Distinguished Lecture Series: Professor Ali Banuazizi “Sacrificing the Self and Others in the Way of God"

May 15, 2007- The Center co-sponsored this year's "Tel Aviv Science, Technology and Security Workshop" on the topic of "Iran, the Jews and the Bomb" with the College of Social Science, Security Studies Program and the School for Government and Policy. 

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

March 25, 2007: The Center organized its first international conference outside of Israel at the Hotel Intercontinental in Los Angeles, sponsored by the Center’s co-founders, David and Laura Merage, on "Iran: the Emerging Challenge in Multiple Perspectives." 

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.

March 11, 2007-  The Center and the Dayan Center co-sponsored an evening of lectures regarding "Religion and State in the Middle East." The seminar was held on the occasion of the publication of the book: Religion and State in in the Middle East, edited by Prof. Menashri in honor of Professor Emeritus Shimon Shamir. 

March 6-7, 2007-  International Conference on "Iran and Iranian Civilization: History, Society and Culture." During two consecutive days, the Center organized this international conference. Talks were delivered by scholars and researchers from major research centers in the U.S.A,  Europe and Israel.

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.

September 6, 2006- Seminar organized by CIS and Daniel Abrahams Center for International and Regional Studies (TAU) on "Iran in the Aftermath of the War in Lebanon". The seminar, which was held following the ceasefire reached by Israel and Lebanon, was the first academic event to address the war and its implications for Iran, Israel and the region.

June 6-7, 2006- Two-Day International Conference Devoted to “Modern Iran” and “The History of Iranian Jews” respectively.  During two consecutive days in the month of June, the Center and the Dr. Habib Levy Program organized and carried out a large-scale international conference. The theme of the first day was “Iran:  Modern Religious Thought and Society.” The central theme as well as the title of the second day of the conference (June 7, 2006) was “Jews of Iran:  Continuity and Change.” 

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).

April 24, 2006- Official Inauguration of the Center, and a Day of Conference on “Iran’s Emergence as a Regional Power.”

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 29, 2005- A special session on: "Iran Today: Between East and West". Guest speakers: Prof. P.R.  Kumaraswamy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of International Studies (India) on: "Iran and the Far East" and Prof. Morris Mottale Franklin College, Lugano (Switzerland) on " Iran and the United States"

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.

November 17, 2005: "Iran Jews in Changing Era", Launching of the Academic Activities of the Center. In an evening of addresses and academic lectures, the academic activities of the Center were officially launched. The lectures, devoted primarily to the history and cultural heritage of Iranian Jewry, were delivered by Prof. David Menashri, Dr. Houman Sarshar and Dr. David Yeroushalmi.

November 15, 2005: The Launching Ceremony of the Center. Addresses, lectures and presentations were delivered in Hebrew, Persian and English, by the donors and founders of the Center, Lord David Alliance and Mr. David Merage; director of the Center, Prof. David Menashri; director of the Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History, Ms. Homa Sarshar, Los Angeles; Mr. Meir Ezri, former Israeli ambassador to Iran; Dr. Houman Sarshar, scholar of Iranian Jewry, New York, and Dr. David Yeroushalmi, senior research fellow at the CIS.





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