Sunday, May 11 THE FIVE-DAY International Writers' Festival will open at Mishkenot Sha'ananim in Jerusalem, and will bring together writers and their illustrators and translators. The event will include walking tours in the footsteps of writers or their novels, movies of novels and short stories, performances based on poems and other forms of creative stimulation. CRYPTOGRAPH: SECRETS and lies, knowledge and trust is the subject of a lecture in Hebrew by Prof. Avi Wigderson at 5 p.m. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Wise Auditorium on the Edmond J. Safra campus in Givat Ram. It is part of the "Why?" series of lectures and musical programs sponsored by the HU Authority for Community and Youth. Admission is free. For more information call (02) 658-6256. Monday, May 12 THE NOVELS written by Ze'ev Jabotinsky will be discussed by Prof. Dan Meron at 7 p.m. at Tel Aviv's Jabotinsky Museum, 38 King George Street. IT IS universally accepted that Leonardo Da Vinci was a man ahead of his time. Several things that we now take for granted in our lives, or which came into being a century or two ago but are now either passÃ© or updated beyond recognition, can be traced to the fruit of his mind. It is highly possible that some of his amazing concepts hidden in his art were not discovered up until now, but a fresh look is beginning to bring new ideas and interpretations to the fore. An international three-day conference on Knowledge and Transgression in early modernity: Leonardo Da Vinci in Context will be held at Bar-Ilan University under the auspices of the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv. The event is part of Italy's salute to Israel on its 60th anniversary and will include the views of prominent scientists, historians, philosophers and literary researchers. For more details call Dalit Misali at (052) 350-7140. HEBREW SPEAKERS who are interested in both music and politics will be fascinated by a seminar on politics and society in musicals - Music in the production arts: Opera, musicals, cabaret, theater. It begins at 9 p.m. at HU's Chenyon Theater on the Mount Scopus campus. For more details call (02) 588-3936 or refer to www.hum.huji.ac.il/units.php?cat=312. WOLF PRIZE laureates in Medicine 2008, Prof. Aharon Razin and Prof. Howard Cedar of the Institute for Medical Research at HU Faculty of Medicine, will lecture in Hebrew on epigenetic heredity and disease and silence of the genes in cancer. The lectures begin at 2.30 p.m. at HU's Raphael Magid Auditorium on the Ein Kerem campus. Tuesday, May 13 FACING TOMORROW, the international three-day convention that will attempt to glimpse into the future of the world, the State of Israel and the Jewish people through the eyes of world leaders, Nobel laureates, prominent thinkers and researchers in various disciplines and global Jewish activists will open at the Jerusalem International Convention Center. The by-invitation-only conference will be hosted by President Shimon Peres and will include representatives from all the countries with which Israel has diplomatic relations, as well as participants from countries whose relations with Israel have not yet been formalized. The multitude of convention-related events will include a special salute to the United States, which has been Israel's strongest and most beneficial supporter since the creation of the state. ARIEL UNIVERSITY Center of Samaria will host a conference on new research into writings on the wisdom of life and the poetry of life. This is the second conference of the university's Jewish Heritage Center. The conference is being held within the framework of the University's 25th anniversary celebrations. THE ISRAELI Association for the Study of European Integration and the European Forum at the Hebrew University are hosting a Europe Day celebration at 6 p.m. at Lev Smadar in Jerusalem. The event will include Alain Berliner's movie The Wall, together with addresses by the EU head of delegation to Israel, the Belgium's ambassador to Israel and Itai David. To receive an invitation and to confirm attendance call Maya Sion at (02) 588-3286 or e-mail email@example.com. Thursday May 15 THE FASHION and textile division of the Manufacturers Association of Israel has organized an international fashion conference with the aim of putting Israeli fashion back on the map. The conference will be held at the Israel Design Center at MediaTech Holon. The tone for conference has been set by Leah Peretz, who heads the design faculty at Shenkar College.