Past Events

A shelf full of old random VHS tapes


The American Left and the 2020 Elections / Prof. Michael Kazin (Georgetown University)

We were thrilled to be hosting Prof. Michael Kazin to discuss the impact of the American Left and social movements on the election. Furthermore, we discussed possible prospects of the Democratic party in post-Trump America, and on the verge of Biden's presidency.

Click here to watch the full event on the Center's Youtube channel

Elections in America: a Special Conference for Israeli Journalists

Our experts delivered a series of virtual lectures to Israeli journalists on a variety of current topics in the public discourse surrounding the November 2020 elections.

The list of topics covered a wide spectrum - from a historical look at the electoral system used in the United States, through the ideology of the parties, race relations and the American Supreme Court.

Click here to watch the full event on the Center's Youtube channel

Women's suffrage: What is the legacy of the Nineteenth Amendment to the American Constitution?

We convened - via Zoom of course - to mark the Nineteenth Amendment's centenary to the U.S. Constitution, which enshrined women's right to vote. 
We were delighted to host, together with our partners at the Women and Gender Studies Program and the American Studies Program at Tel-Aviv University, a series of lecturers who discussed various aspects of women representation in American politics, culture and society. 

Click here to watch the full event on the Center's Youtube channel


Crack: "Rock" Cocaine and 20th Century Capitalism/ by Prof. David Farber

For our final session of the year, we were delighted to host Prof. David Farber (University of Kansas) to discuss his recent book "Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed" (Cambridge UP, 2019).Prof. Farber is a prominent historian of post-1945 America and has written numerous books on the 1960s and 1970s experience. We discussed racial and economic inequalities in 1980s America, along with Reaganomics and its legacies on inequality and the 2020 US election. 

Click here to watch the full event on the Center's Youtube channel

Annual Event: Inequality, Elections and American Society amidst the Coronavirus 

The annual event of the Center for the study of the United States in Partnership with the Fulbright Program was delighted to host the Israel Prize winner of Political Science, Prof. Avi Ben-Zvi (University of Haifa), for a special talk with Dr. Udi Sommer (Tel-Aviv University). 

An interdisciplinary panel was convened in the second part of the event to discuss the political, economic, social, and international ramifications of the Coronavirus on the United States.

Conspiracy Theory and Culture in America / by Prof. Peter Knight

We were delighted to reconvene - even if only via Zoom - our faculty seminar in two weeks with a timely discussion about conspiracy theory and conspiracy culture in America led by Prof. Peter Knight (University of Manchester). Prof. Knight has written extensively about the topic and is a foremost expert on the role of conspiratorial thought in the American public imagination.

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Lessons in Disaster: What America's past Calamities can teach us to Overcome the Coronavirus?

The second meeting in the Center's 2020 Virtual Series

Prof. Eyal Naveh and Dr. Yael Sternhall joined us for a historical view on past disasters in American history. We talked about how American society overcame them and how it can recuperate from the current Coronavirus pandemic, which is still taking its toll on American lives.

The meeting was conducted via Zoom and was live-streamed on the Center's Facebook page

Click here to watch the full meeting on the Center's Youtube channel

The Rise of the Welfare State or Business as Usual? the Fate of American Capitalism after the Coronavirus 

The first symposium in the Center's 2020 Virtual Series

Prof. Michael Zakim (Tel-Aviv University) and Dr. Eli Cook (Haifa University), two prominent historians of American capitalism, joined us for a special discussion, moderated by the Center's director Dr. Yoav Fromer, about the possible effects of the coronavirus on American society and economic life.

The symposium was conducted via Zoom and was live-streamed on the Center's Facebook page

Click here to watch the full meeting on the Center's Youtube channel


Special lecture by Peter Beinart / How American Politics Went Crazy: Why Republicans embraced Trump and Democrats embraced socialism overnight

The Center for the Study of the United States in Partnership with the Fulbright Program at Tel Aviv University had the pleasure of hosting the renowned American journalist and commentator, Peter Beinart, for a fascinating lecture about the American political system.

Click here to watch the full lecture on the Center's Youtube channel 



Anti-Semitism on Campus? Perceptions of Israel and Jews among American University Students

Special Guest Lecture: Prof. Jeffrey Kopstein (UC Irvine)


We were delighted to have Prof. Jeffery Kopstein (UC, Irvine) for a lecture about one of his current researches. Prof. Kopstein examined student's stances on Israel and jews to infer if there is any correlation between the two overlapping subjects. Does anti-semitism inherently mean ant-Israel? Or are the two completely separated?
Click here to watch the lecture on the Center's Youtube channel
Click here to watch Prof. Kopstein's exclusive interview 
on the Center's Youtube channel


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.

Please follow this link to find out more about the conference.


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.




"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.


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

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.


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: 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. 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.


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.




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