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Center for Israel Studies

In 1998, Shimon Peres inaugurated the first center for Israel Studies in the country at American University. The center sponsors frequent public programs, including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits, in addition to the Minor in Israel Studies.

CIS Events

See our past events on the CIS Video Playlist and Israeli Writers series of webinars or the November 2022 Israel Democracy conference.

Keep up to date with CIS news and events by reading the CIS Newsletter.

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About the Center for Israel Studies (CIS)

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.

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Student Yazan Nusiebeh and Professor Michael Brenner

‘Speaking to each other is the best way of building bridges’

After publishing opposing opinion articles on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, professor and student start friendship

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The humanities truck on site in the community

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AU Community Focused on a More Equitable and Peaceful World

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A panel hosted by the Center for Israal Studies

Center for Israel Studies Receives Two Major Matching-Challenge Gifts

Meltzer and Trone families donate to $10 million fundraising campaign.

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Emily Haber

Anti-Semitism on the Rise

German Ambassador Emily Haber speaks at AU about growing problem in Europe and US

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