"Environmental Sustainability and Reconciliation between Jews and Arabs"

Rabbi Michael Cohen
Thursday, April 24, 2008
4:30 p.m.
216 McCardell Bicentennial Hall

Rabbi Cohen is Director of Special Projects at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.  The Arava Institute is the premier environmental teaching and research program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region's environmental challenges.

Sponsored by Hillel, The Islamic Society, and the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.




Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories:

The Obama Administration and

Opportunities for Positive Change

Lecture by Mitchell Plitnick , Director of Outreach, B’Tselem USA
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, 2008
216 McCardell Bicentennial Hall

B’tselem -- The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories -- was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel. They are based in Jerusalem and opened their first office in the United States in Washington, D.C. this past fall.  For more information, visit B'tselem's website at http://www.btselem.org/

Co-sponsored by Middlebury College Hillel, The Islamic Society of Middlebury College, The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, and the Middlebury Chapter of the National Scholastic Honor Society for Students of Hebrew Language and Culture.





Interreligious Dialogue as a Tool for Peace-Building in Israel-Palestine lecture

by Ophir Yarden


Thursday, November 12, 2009

12:30 p.m.

216 Bicentennial Hall

Ophir Yarden was born in the United States and immigrated to Israel in 1978. He is a specialist in non-formal Jewish education and the use of Israel as an educational resource, and is director of the Center for Interreligious Encounter with Israel at the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI) in Jerusalem. He serves as Secretary-General of IJCIR, the Israel Jewish Council for Interreligious Relations.

Mr. Yarden is professor of Jewish and Israel studies at Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem center and lectures widely elsewhere. He has taught at several other Jerusalem institutions including Hebrew University and the Hebrew Union College. He conducts seminars in Israel for Jewish professionals from the Diaspora and teaches in Israel’s national tour guides courses, and lectures regularly at Christian seminaries.

His research interests center on Jewish identity and its changes over history, and he has published several articles on civil religion in Israel. He recently returned from three semesters in Stockholm where he served as the Scholar-in-Residence of PAIDEIA: The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.