"May I Please Have this Dance?"

Lecture and Dance Lesson with Pierre Dulaine

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

7:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Four-time world champion ballroom dancer and founder of the American Ballroom Theater’s Dancing Classrooms program, Pierre Dulaine has gone from public schools in New York City to his hometown of Jaffa, Israel bringing reluctant public school students together through sharing the gift of ballroom dance. His work has inspired major films such as Mad Hot Ballroom (2004), Take the Lead (2006), starring Antonio Banderas, and more recently Dancing in Jaffa (2014). On his visit to Middlebury, Pierre will discuss his life experiences and how he has been able to use ballroom dance as a tool for peace making and social change.

His lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 1st at 7 PM at the Mahaney Center for the Arts' Concert Hall and will be followed by a dance lesson, capped at 40 participants, in the MCA 109 Dance Rehearsal Space. To secure your spot in the class, please contact Zeke Caceres, ecaceres@middlebury.edu.

This event was made possible by the sponsorship of the Rohaytn Center for Global Affairs, Arabic, Hebrew and Middle East Studies Department, Charles P Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Project on Creativity and Innovation, the Center for Social Entrepreunership, MiddCORE, Atwater, Brainerd, Ross and Wonnacott Commons.




Heartbeat Concert

Thursday, February 27, 2014
McCullough Social Space
8:00 p.m.

Israeli-Palestinian youth musicians present a free concert.

Co-sponsored by Hillel, J Street U, The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies, the Islamic Society, the Departments of Music and Dance, and all five Commons.


Israel's Strategic Position in a Volatile Middle East

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones House

Daniel Kurtzer is Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies at Princeton University, and former Ambassador of the United States to Israel (2001-2005) and Egypt (1997-2001).

Sponsored by Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the Department of Political Science, the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, and the Jewish Studies Program.



"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.




Gershom Gorenberg
Gershom Gorenberg, "Accidental Empire: Israel's Settlement Dilemma"
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Dana Auditorium
8:00 p.m.

Gershom Gorenberg is an American-born Israeli historian, journalist specializing in Middle Eastern politics and the interaction of religion and politics. He is currently a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, which is a monthly American political magazine. He self-identifies as "a left-wing, skeptical Orthodox Zionist Jew." Some of his books include: The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount, and Seventy Facets: A Commentary on the Torah from the Pages of the Jerusalem Report.

Co-sponsored by J Street U ("The voice of pro-Israel, pro-peace activism and education on campus"), MCAB Speakers Committee, Atwater Commons, International Student Organisation, Middle Eastern Studies Department, the Department of Religion, and the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.




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.